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 ⇒ Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care ⇒ Level 4 Diploma Optional Units ⇒ Unit 378 Understand how to support individuals with autistic spectrum conditions ⇒ 1.1 Explain why it is important to recognise that each person on the autistic spectrum has their own individual abilities, needs, strengths, gifts and interests

1.1 Explain why it is important to recognise that each person on the autistic spectrum has their own individual abilities, needs, strengths, gifts and interests

Qualification: Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care Optional Units
Unit: Unit 378 Understand how to support individuals with autistic spectrum conditions
Learning outcome: 1. Understand the main characteristics of autistic spectrum conditions
Assessment criteria: 1.1 Explain why it is important to recognise that each person on the autistic spectrum has their own individual abilities, needs, strengths, gifts and interests

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  • Autism is a spectrum disorder, which means it affects individuals in different ways and to different degrees of severity
  • Individuals with autism may live entirely independently or require 24-hour support or anything in between
  • Therefore, each individual will have their own unique abilities, needs, strengths, gifts and interests
  • In addition, the personalisation agenda requires that care workers take a person-centred approach to care provision and delivery – this means tailoring support services for each individual.
  • Person-centred practice is a legal and regulatory requirement
  • By recognising that each person is unique, we can prevent inadvertent discrimination and stereotyping.
  • We can also ensure that the support we provide caters for an individual’s holistic needs, which will contribute to their confidence, self-esteem and overall wellbeing and quality of life.
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