Autism Helpsheets

The Options Clinical Team have created a series of help sheets offering advice and guidance for parents and carers who look after children, young people and adults with autism.  Read more by clicking the links below and please feel free to forward this information to anyone who you feel will benefit from it.

If you would like us to cover any particular subjects around autism in future editions then please let us know by emailing info@optionsautism.co.uk

This month’s help sheet is all about Total Communication and offers advice on how different methods and sources of communication can be combined to give receivers the best possible opportunity to understand and interact.

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This help sheet is all about supporting siblings whose brothers or sisters have autism, and how  families who look after children and young people with autism, can be supported through the challenges that are presented to them in everyday life.

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This help sheet is all about the principles of Positive Behavioural Support, and how we can better support individuals who experience challenging behaviour.

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Many of us dread the thought of visiting the dentist but for people with autism and/or learning difficulties it can be an especially challenging experience. Difficulties in communication, heightened sensitivity, unfamiliar smells, noises, bright lighting and strange tastes can overload a person’s sensory processing causing anxiety.  However, with a supportive plan most people can have a positive experience at the dentist to ensure good oral health.

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Planning a holiday is exciting and sometimes stressful. However, if you have a child with autism, a trip away can be a cause of anxiety and may involve extra organisation and preparation. In this help sheet we offer advice and guidance for parents and carers so that holidays can be a more enjoyable and less stressful time for all involved.

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For people with autism and/or a learning disabilities the brain develops differently, leading to a difference in behaviour which can be difficult for themselves and others to manage.  In this help sheet we offer information for parents and carers to help understand how the brain operates, and how we can use this knowledge to help people with developmental difficulties to acquire more adaptive ways of thinking.

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Many children and young people have sleep issues but for those with autism, sleeping well might be particularly difficult. In this help sheet we offer advice and guidance, for parents and carers, on how their children and young people can get a better night’s sleep.

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For people with autism and/or a learning disability the experience of accessing and receiving treatment can be extremely challenging. From sensory overload (bright lights, busy, noisy environment and touch) to difficulty in communicating their understanding and needs, it can sometimes be just too much of a challenge. In this help sheet we offer information for parents and carers to make receiving and accessing treatment easier.

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Our Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Options, Dr Helen Hughes, and the Clinical Team at Options Malvern View, have created a useful help sheet which offers advice and guidance for parents and carers who look after children, young people and adults with autism, so that Christmas can be a more enjoyable and less stressful time for all involved.

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This help sheet offers advice and suggestions about how children and young people with autism, can be supported through the challenges they face with food

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