Autism is a developmental disorder that affects about 1% of the population, and is much more common in men. The diagnosis is a clinical one, with no blood tests or scans to provide confirmation. It affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.
Autism is a spectrum condition, which means that people living with autism may share certain difficulties, but the condition will affect each individual in a different way. The main difficulties that people on the spectrum share are trouble with social communication, social interaction and social imagination.
Some people with autism may also be living with learning disabilities as well as complex needs and behaviours, and therefore may need a lifetime of specialist support. This can be provided by expert care settings, such as our specialist autism services.
The main principle of care is behaviour management using Positive Behaviour Support (PBS). Individuals are also supported to communicate in effective ways to reduce frustration. Family contact is essential for both service users and relatives; we facilitate this through visits, phone calls and video calls.