Autism Awareness Week

Mar 30, 2021 |
Autism

Autism is a lifelong condition which affects how people communicate and interact with the world.

There are approximately 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK.

1 in 100 people are autistic which means you probably know someone autistic in your life.

AUTISTIC TRAITS

  • Needing more time to process questions, requests and instructions
  • May struggle meeting new people
  • May struggle to pick up on unwritten rules
  • May find working environments overwhelming
  • May struggle with small talk and building relationships
  • Feel anxious about changes or unexpected events
  • Be over or under sensitive to sound, smell, light, taste and touch(this is called sensory sensitivity)

 

AUTISTIC STRENGTHS

  • Intense focus
  • Attention to detail
  • Considered and reflective approach
  • Honest and integrity
  • Creative thinking

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC EFFECT

  • Tough on autistic people and their families
  • Services have been closed and many have felt stranded
  • The ever changing guidelines and restrictions can be confusing to understand and extremely difficult to implement for autistic people with high support needs
  • 9 out of 10 autistic people stated they worried about their mental health during the pandemic
  • 85% said their anxiety levels worsened

HOW TO HELP AUTISTIC COLLEAGUES

  • Give clear instructions and put important points in writing for clarification
  • Don’t rely on body language or facial expressions to communication
  • Give anxious or agitated colleagues space and time to recover
  • Offer to be a buddy for workplace social events

FOR FURTHER KNOWLEDGE ON AUTISM

Documentaries

  • Best Kept Secret
  • Life, Animated
  • Sounding the Alarm

Books

  • M is for Autism
  • Odd Girl Out
  • M in the Middle