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Training support for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Training support for Autism Spectrum Disorder

DATE: 05.04.2024

In celebration of Autism Acceptance Week, we spoke to Sean Griffiths, about educating teams about Autism. Sean is a Positive Behavioural Support Practioner for Care Without Compromise, our sister company. 

"I’m Sean Griffiths, a Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) Practitioner for Care Without Compromise (CWC). One element of my role as PBS Practitioner is to deliver training to the care teams to promote their professional development and quality of work. An example of the training courses I deliver is Autism Spectrum Disorder Training."

With the help of Richard, a resident at CWC who has Autism, the training slides were shaped to reflect his own lived experiences and application of those to the training. The course details what Autism is, the prevalence, causes, the spectrum, the Dyad of Impairment and supporting people on the spectrum.

Significantly developing their understanding of Autism, the training has aided teams to appreciate of how different the world may seem from the perspective of someone with Autism. It has improved the staff team’s knowledge and confidence when implementing interaction styles and ensuring that our residents’ needs are being met without over or under-stimulation. For example, the care team support our residents to ensure they do not become overstimulated is through weekly timetables, providing predictability and ownership of their upcoming week. Staff also use a range of communication aids when appropriate, including now and next boards, staff pictures, social stories and using objects of reference.

The course also provides a forum for teams to discuss and share feedback regarding their own personal experiences of supporting people with Autism from previous employment, supporting family members and in some cases, their own personal experience of dealing with an Autism diagnosis.

"Through delivering the training course and engaging in these conversations it has enabled me to further expand my own knowledge and understanding of Autism, such as with Idiosyncratic behaviours and how to support the people we care for to manage these in their daily life."

“Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people. It also affects how they experience the world around them.” - National Autistic Society

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