Autism Spectrum Disorder
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Children & Young Persons - Autism Spectrum Disorder
Enhanced Care is dedicated to providing the highest level of expertise to support and improve life chances for young people and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Our homes for Autism in Durham and throughout the North East are managed by our associate company Resilience North East Ltd .
You cannot always tell that someone has autism just by looking at them. Because of this autism is sometimes called a hidden disability. Autism lasts for all of a person's life. Young People with Autism Spectrum Disorder often benefit greatly from specialist support, to learn and develop life skills.
What Causes Autism?
No one knows why people have Autism. We do know that Autism is not caused by bad parenting or bad relationships. More than 1 person in a family may have Autism Spectrum Disorder. It can be genetic. This means Autism can pass from parents to their children.
Autism Spectrum Disorder affects the way a young person communicates, behaves and interacts with other people and the world around them.
- Some people with Autism find it difficult to communicate, to tell people what they need, and how they feel.
- Some find it difficult to have relationships, meet people and make new friends.
- Some find it difficult to understand what other people think, and how they feel.
- Some find lack of structure and changes to routines difficult.
Not everyone with Autism will find these things difficult. Autism is a spectrum disorder, which means that, while all people with Autism share common difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways and to varying degrees.
Some people with Autism Spectrum Disorder are able to live independent lives; others may have a learning disability which affects their development, learning difficulties eg dyslexia, be affected by emotional and behavioural challenges; and often have sensory difficulties eg. sensitive to noise or light. For this reason many young people with Autism need specialist support to enable them to lead a quality lifestyle, progress to their full potential and achieve their goals.
Our Autism Spectrum Disorder specialists and facilities are located in Teesside in the North East of England.
We understand how important a positive environment and a homely atmosphere is for young people. At our Autism care home in Durham for example, each of our young people will have a comfortable, adapted bedroom with en suite which they will be encouraged to personalise.
All of our homes will have homely, sensory aware, social and living spaces which are adapted to meet the young people's needs. These spaces will be fully accessible including a kitchen (with adaptations to meet the young people's needs), spacious lounge, multipurpose activity room, sensory room, dining room, laundry area and a large accessible, enclosed safe garden with a mixture of patio areas and grass to support the development of leisure, relaxation and social activities.
We believe through receiving the right support at the right time, all young people have the ability to learn and achieve. Many of our young people have a history of placement breakdowns and difficulties at school. Many of our young people need us to provide additional support at school or college, support to get back into education or alternative education provision.
In addition to educational support, we work with each young person and their family, to establish a learning plan that includes personal skills, life skills, problem solving skills and social skills.
We always look forward to celebrating our young people's achievements with them.
Our Autism Spectrum Disorder services in Durham use a number of person-centred approaches and methodologies.
These include structured timetables; communication strategies; positive behaviour plans; adapted learning and living spaces, to help reduce anxieties and promote independence; stimulating environments; proactive strategies to help the young people develop skills, to change and manage their own behaviour; an active lifestyle that the young person enjoys, which can also reduce stress and help decrease some of the stereotypical and repetitive behaviours associated with Autism.
In addition to our Durham residential services we aim to work effectively with our young people and their families to provide positive meaningful outreach work to young people.
For more information on our Autism and Learning Disability services please click on the link below.
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