April is Autism month. Autism is not just in April

Posted: Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:31

Recognising autism, accepting it and understanding how individuals and families interact with their local communities helps to create Friendly Environments. Did you know?

  • The average age for diagnosis of boys is 7½yrs.
  • The average age for diagnosis of girls this is 12½yrs.
  • Often girls/women with autism masque their condition and challenges in order to fit in as best they can.
  • The challenge in not being able to express their feelings and emotions can lead to increased stress, anxiety and potentially mental health issues.

How to help your autistic colleagues, families or friends (Advice from National Autistic Society)

  • Give clear instructions and put important points in writing for clarification
  • Don't rely on body language or facial expressions to communicate
  • Give anxious or agitated colleagues space and time to recover
  • Offer to be a buddy for work social events
  • Try to avoid talking over each other, turn down your music, or offer to dim glaring lights
  • Where it's under your control, try to avoid unexpected changes or, if plans must change, give people as much notice as possible and clear information to help them with the change.

You can find a lot of resources for all ages regarding Autism via https://www.autism.org.uk/get-involved/world-autism-awareness-week/what-is-waaw.aspx?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIlrua_--44QIVCrXtCh1F3AldEAAYASAAEgI9TvD_BwE

A new video relating to women and girls with autism has just been launched – ' Let's Raise Our Voices for Girls & Women with Autism' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qF9yEa3iXg another video from a wonderful speaker, Dean Beadle, who speaks about living with autism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQh5H1MHkQQ

There is an event at The Well on 27th April. Please see link below for further details. https://www.leicestershirecommunities.org.uk/csi/events/2019/04/autism-information-and-chat-session

Tags: Community, Autism, Health, Events, Wellbeing, Equalities