It is estimated that in the UK autism, in all its forms, affects nearly 1 in 100 people. Autism is a developmental condition which affects the function of the brain. It affects the way that someone interacts with and relates to other people, and for autistic people, the world can be a confusing, unpredictable and sometimes scary place.
Autism is called a spectrum condition because it affects people in different ways and to different degrees. Whilst many autistic people can lead independent lives with jobs, relationships, and social lives they may still encounter difficulties which will require additional support ACS Plus support people with Autism by providing Autism friendly environments and staff with over 30 years’ experience.
ACS Plus supports by providing Autism friendly environments
There are 5 senses that you will all be familiar with; Vision, Sound, Smell, Taste and Touch. There are also 3 more that we are less aware of; Vestibular (movement and balance), Proprioception (body awareness) and Interoception (how our body feels inside).
Autistic children and autistic adults often present different responses to these sensory stimuli such as light, loud sounds, soft touch etc.
Every autistic individual will respond or react in a very individual way. At ACS Plus we use neutral colours and chemical free paint, controlled lighting and chemical free produces and chemical free environment as much as possible.
ACS Plus Specialist Support
We support each person by identifying their likes interests, goals and aspirations.
ACS Plus staff then supports people towards achieving their goals.
Our Autism Services
We recognise the importance of the local community and people we support with Autism becoming familiar with local places so they feel comfortable when out in their community. We know that many autistic people want and need space to be alone. We ensure that everyone has their own private and personal space as well as encouraging social interaction
Practical skills support:
Accessing college courses
- Food preparation
- Support to find a meaningful job
ACS Plus supports children with Asperger Syndrome
Asperger Syndrome is an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) condition but it presents differently to the common portrayals of Autism. Those with Asperger’s are less likely to have an intellectual disability and can function independently. Children with Asperger’s are often mistaken as naughty, making it difficult to recognise.
Differences between girls and boys
Cultural expectations push girls to make socialising their highest priority, whereas boys are encouraged to build strength and intellect. These teachings impact the behaviours of children with Asperger’s.
Autism friendly interventions:
Using clear and unambiguous language
Giving structure to a meaningful day – meaningful to the individual
Offering visual support to aid communication
Social stories to gain a perspective on how other people think
Regular exercise as part of a positive predictable routine
Support for sensory processing differences and difficulties
We are register as a stakeholder of The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and a member of the National Autism Society