Creating unique approaches to support adults with autism
Individuals with autism have very specific needs and can experience a number of related conditions. That’s why Consensus has specific services to support people with autism, including those who have Asperger Syndrome. We use research and best practice to inform the design of living environments to ensure sensory needs are met. Every aspect is carefully considered, from the location and design of the building, to the interior decoration and furnishings.
Autism affects how a person communicates and interacts with others. It also affects how they see, hear and feel the world around them. It is a lifelong condition and there are many different types of autism, which has led to it being described as autism spectrum (ASC). It’s thought that more than one in every 100 people is on the autism spectrum.
At Consensus, we predominantly provide support and accommodation for adults with autism and complex needs. However, we also have a service in Ipswich called Belstead Mews, suitable for younger individuals aged between 13-18 years old who have learning disabilities, autism and complex needs who require dedicated support in a caring, nurturing setting as they transition toward adulthood. To find out more information on Belstead Mews, please visit Services for Children and Young People.
Specially designed services and support
Compatibility is a key issue when we’re supporting individuals with autism as a person may demonstrate behaviours that others might find challenging. We minutely work through how each individual in a service will respond to a potential new person moving in, and how a new person will react to them.
We also take into account the routines and activities which take place at the service. These will reflect the challenges and needs of those who live there, particularly around sensory-perceptual issues, communication, socialisation and flexibility of thought and behaviour.
Colleagues working in these specialist services are specially trained to support people with autism and they keep their skills up-to-date with ongoing education and training from our specialist Autism Consultant, Dr Mags. This is vital, as a range of strategies and approaches – from cognitive behavioural therapy to specialist autism-related techniques – are needed to support different individuals.
Meet our expert supporting individuals with autism
Dr Margaret Wilson – Maggie, or Dr Mags for short – is the Consensus expert in autism. She works closely with members of the Positive Behaviour Intervention team, assessing and making recommendations for individuals moving to our services who have autism and additional needs.
Andrew’s Story – Grovelands Farmhouse – Success Story
Grovelands is a farmhouse set in vast open land with fantastic views of rolling fields with a working farm next to the house. Andrew came to live at Grovelands Farmhouse in 2002 aged just 18. Living with Autism and Epilepsy he was used to having around 50 seizures a day.
Autism Training at Henson Court
Colleagues at Henson Court, Kettering, have recently completed an extended autism training programme, aimed at improving the quality of life for the people they support.
Princes Trust Volunteers Work With The Links Day Centre
A group of Princes Trust volunteers from Tresham College have responded to a request from the Links Day Centre, near Wellingborough for a makeover.