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Health and social care workers

It’s not always obvious that a person is autistic. This is why it is important for health professionals to be autism aware, since autistic people attending a medical or health appointment are likely to have very specific needs. People on the autism spectrum may not feel pain, they may find it difficult to tell you what is wrong with them, or they may be extremely uncomfortable with being touched or examined. We provide training, consultancy and conferences to help you develop your skills.

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Everything you need to know

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The basics

Is your patient on the autism spectrum? Here's some guidance on adjustments you can make.
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Transition tips

Here's some advice for mental health professionals working or supporting young people on the autism spectrum.
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General practitioners

Are you a GP? Here's just what autism can mean for you and your patients.
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Visiting the dentist can overwhelm some autistic people. Here's some advice on how to adjust for that.
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Eye care

Drawn from information written by eye care professionals, this guidance deals with the nuances of treating autistic people.
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Eating challenges

Find out how to support autistic people facing common eating and feeding challenges with professional guidance.
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Social care

Information and advice for social care professionals who work with autistic people.

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Person-centred planning

Person-centred planning is about adapting social care to each person at each stage of their life.
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Information, resources and advice about safeguarding autistic people from abuse.

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Autism Helpline Number: 0808 800 4104
Last updated: 11/05/2018 13:17:32