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Strategies and approaches

There are many approaches, therapies and interventions for improving the lives of autistic people. No two people are the same, so choosing the right ones for you or the person you support can be a challenge.

The section explains what to think about before choosing, and explains some common approaches such as SPELL, TEACCH, Social StoriesTM and counselling.

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Everything you need to know

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Choosing an approach

There are many approaches available. How do you choose the right one?

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About our SPELL (Structure, Positive, Empathy, Low arousal, Links) approach to working with autistic people.
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The TEACCH approach

The TEACCH programme prepares autistic people to live or work more effectively at home and in the wider world.

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Social stories

Social storiesTM and comic strip conversations help autistic people to develop greater social understanding.
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Visual supports

Visual supports are adaptable, portable and can be used in most situations to help autistic people.
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If you are autistic and experience depression or anxiety, seeing a counsellor can be helpful.

Autism Helpline Number: 0808 800 4104
Last updated: 29/03/2019 10:10:57