AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

 

 

Are you struggling with behavioural challenges in someone with an Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Call Practical Behaviour Solutions today to help you gain understanding in behaviour. Together we will translate behaviour into needs and strategies.

 

 

Even though people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder have common needs and experience common difficulties, it is important to note that all individuals are different with their own individual interests, likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses.

 

The commonalities are outlined below.

An Autism Spectrum Disorder is an information processing disorder usually combined with problems in the sensory area.

People with an Autism Spectrum Disorder such as Pervasive Development Disorder Not otherwise Specified, Asperger Syndrome and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder experience the world in a different way.
The disorder is linked with high levels of anxiety.

In a nutshell we can say that people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder:

  • Experience difficulties seeing the big picture and therefore to give meaning to situations
  • Experience difficulties with cognitive functions such as planning, organisation, regulation, attention, effective problem solving and verbal reasoning.
  • Experience difficulties regarding recognising and understanding oneself and others, reciprocity in communication and unwritten rules of social interaction.
  • Experience difficulties in the sensory area, either being over sensitive or under sensitive.

This disorder impacts all areas of life.
People with ASD can convey themselves as non-compliant, withdrawn, unmotivated, non-responsive, uninterested and anti social.

Treatment will be focused on learning to understand the disorder, separate the behaviour from the person and development of strategies to deal with difficult behaviour effectively.