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
- 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.