A Manual to Provide Support and Care for Adults with Autism Spectrum

A new book soon to be published by Anna Tullemans and Sue Larkey.

How to provide individualised support, capacity building, empowerment and community inclusion

Introduction

As a Support Worker we have great power in contributing to a participant’s success or failure. It’s up to us to make the participant – support worker relationship work. We must work towards making them independent individuals and reduce their reliance on us for all their needs. They need to be able to make decisions, participate and be productive in society. To do this we find their strengths and use these as building blocks to build other skills while gently steering them towards correct decision making to help them enrich their lives.

Our aim for this book is to support you with tips and strategies to build independence in the participant that you are supporting. This book is designed to be a guide as you will need to individualise the support for each participant always aiming to empower them and support community inclusion.

Often you play an important role in providing guidance and mentorship to the participant.

You will need to constantly re-evaluate whether the strategies are effective and are assisting in meeting the goals of the participant.

That is why this book is full of tips and strategies and can be constantly referred to for new ideas, new adaptations and modifications and more understanding.

Although this book is written with adults in mind, most of these strategies can be applied to participants of all ages and stages.

How to Use This Book:

We have tried to provide a range of ideas and we would recommend you try a few together or add on an idea to something you are already using. Often, it is a combination of strategies that works best. We also hope that this book is confirmation or reassuring that you already have in place the right strategies; it just may need persistence or consistency across all Support Workers and all places.

This book can be used as a workbook with the participant so you will find that there are pages with blank spaces that can be completed by the participant. These pages can be used to empower and increase community inclusion for the participant and to allow them to communicate their individual support needs.