Working with people with autism: the professionals

In this film, produced by the Social Care Institute for Excellence, a social worker supporting a young man with autism with his transition to adult services and a care worker in a day setting discuss effective support for people with autism.

Watch the film via Social Care TV

Key messages for practice

  1. Good communication with people with autism is vital. This includes recognising behaviour triggers, using visual prompts and speaking in short, clear sentences.
  2. Structure can help people with autism make sense of their day.
  3. It is important to emphasise positives when working with people with autism.
  4. Effective support depends on empathy and understanding the world from the perspective of the person with autism.
  5. People with autism usually respond best to a calm environment.
  6. People who know the person with autism well, including paid carers and family members, should be involved in effective transition planning.