Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Useful New Autism Info for Care Settings


This is a list of useful research papers and Commissioned documents that have changed how we think about autistic people, and how we respond to their distress, co-occurring conditions and their brain events.

https://www.ndti.org.uk/resources/publication/its-not-rocket-science  is a commissioned report by young autistic people, on easy ways to make wards and care settings into sensory-friendly spaces.  Lots of useful new information on the sensory needs of autistic people, and the social communication needs.

https://www.local.gov.uk/our-support/sector-support-offer/care-and-health-improvement/autistic-and-learning-disabilities/autistic/considering-and-meeting-sensory-needs-autistic-people-housing is a commissioned paper from the Local Government Association on how to ensure really good housing for autistic people.  

https://www.waterstones.com/book/avoiding-anxiety-in-autistic-children/luke-beardon/9781529394764  is an example of an excellent up to date and accessible book about how to avoid anxiety for autistic children.  Dr Luke Beardon has written other books for different age groups and situations, equally recommended.  Other booksellers are available.

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/aur.2306 is a new paper looking at the huge number of autistic people who experience diagnosable trauma from 'traditional' and other events, including bullying.  It changes how we think about 'behaviour'.

https://www.peacepathway.org/ Potentially useful information about autistic people and difficulties with food/eating.

https://www.jpma.org.pk/PdfDownload/10585 The newer research into autism and hypermobility/EDS, suggesting more than half of autistic people may have one of the forms of hypermobility, which can lead to or include exhaustion, movement difficulties, POTS (potentially causing collapse), and pain.