Autism and Loss by Sarah Broadhurst, Rachel Forrester-Jones

By Sarah Broadhurst, Rachel Forrester-Jones

Individuals with autism frequently adventure hassle in knowing and expressing their feelings and react to losses in several methods or in ways in which carers do not realize. with a purpose to offer potent help, carers must have the certainty, the abilities and applicable assets to paintings via those emotional reactions with them. "Autism and Loss" is a whole source that covers numerous varieties of loss, together with bereavement, lack of acquaintances or employees, lack of domestic or possessions and lack of well-being. Rooted within the most modern examine on loss and autism, but written in an available type, the source features a wealth of factsheets and sensible instruments that supply formal and casual carers with authoritative, attempted and proven tips. this can be a vital source for pro and casual carers operating with individuals with autism who're dealing with any type of loss.

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Give the person with autism enough time to ask questions and make remarks. People with autism are very keen on classifying, labelling and listing things, so get them to write, draw and fill things in as much as possible. WHO SHOULD SUPPORT THE PERSON WITH AUTISM? Whilst an independent person can provide support unsullied by any previous negative experiences, we recognize that this is not always possible within services, especially those strapped for resources. Therefore we would recommend the following: · The supporter should be someone other than a person’s key worker so that (a) some objectivity can be brought to the working relationship, and (b) it increases the amount of individual support received.

The evaluation form should enable you to gauge the extent to which the person with autism is comfortable with the level and format of the exercises and whether they wish to continue with any other activities provided in the book. 1 The basics of loss and autism This book is about how people with autism experience different types of loss in their lives. g. 1 THE BASICS OF LOSS AND AUTISM Autism and ASC If you have autism you may experience loss in a different way to people without autism (neuro-typical people or NTs).

2 The story of my loss Aim: to ask the person to draw the story of what they have lost (does not have to be most recent loss) and to talk about their feelings. Objective: to help ascertain which loss you will be working with specifically, and to help them begin to talk about their feelings. 2 THE STORY OF MY LOSS Exercise: The story of my loss Ask the person to draw their story – they can draw the thing/person they have lost. Use happy, sad and angry faces provided below to help talk about feelings (a sand tray might help to draw these faces).

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