After an initial consultation, a plan for intervention will be designed and training provided for all parties involved. The foundations of this intervention are:
All parents want their children to be happy but for autistic individuals, whose levels of anxiety are extremely high just being calm can be a real challenge. As a result, parents also experience stress and frustration. The aim of my intervention at home is to put strategies in place in order to reduce anxiety in the autistic individual and their families. Some people with autism find certain activities very challenging, for example going to the supermarket or to the dentist; in my autism consultant capacity, I can provide families with strategies to make these experiences less traumatic for all the family members.
Family life is crucial to the development of emotional, social and self-help skills. In this environment, autistic individuals learn how to behave in social situations, learn about their culture and feel loved and nurtured. This is the perfect environment to teach new skills and use them in a functional way. In order to achieve this I can support the whole family to become aware and understand the difficulties that the person with autism experiences, including parents, siblings, grandparents and anyone who has a close relationship with the person.
Another major concern that most parents worry about is getting their children to become as independent as possible. For this purpose I can develop life skills tailor-made programs to teach autistic people how to carry out their daily routines, this includes personal hygiene, cooking, safety, laundry, travelling, shopping, etc. according to their age and abilities.
Is the key to success! Liaison between professionals and families to work in the same direction and towards the same objectives and within determined timeframes will ensure that the autistic individual will not get mixed messages and will not get confused by different people using different approaches.
Depending on individual needs, my intervention will consist of:
• Life Skills Programs (e.g. going to the dentist, supermarket, etc.)
• Set up targets based on observations and discussion with family members.
• Individualised visual resources in English or Spanish.
• Model interventions.
• Meet with family members and close friends
• Organise meetings with other professionals
• Individual sessions and follow up sessions
• Play schemes with siblings and friends
• Training sessions
• Video recordings and Video Modelling
• Person-Centred Plans