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Family during ABA Autism Therapy

What is Autism?

Autism is a neurological developmental difference that can affect how a person perceives and processes information, communicates, and interacts with the world around them. Oftentimes, Autism can be characterised by differences in social interaction, communication, play skills, unique or focused interests, and sensory processing.


Not all children with Autism require therapy. Autism is not a disease and does not require "treatment". However, most children may benefit from learning strategies that can help them navigate their differences to be able to understand and advocate for their needs. The quality of life for many children and adults can be significantly improved by receiving an early Autism diagnosis and appropriate evidence-informed and neurodiverse-affirming.

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Neurodiversity and Autism

Neurodiversity is a concept that recognises and values the diversity of human brains and minds. It acknowledges that every person has a unique neurological profile, and that this diversity should be celebrated and respected, rather than pathologised or treated as a problem to be fixed. Neurodiversity encompasses a range of conditions, such as Autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and Tourette's syndrome, among others.

Autism can be considered a neurological difference that affects how a person perceives and processes information, communicates, and interacts with the world around them. It is a part of the neurodiversity spectrum and is characterised by differences in social communication, repetitive behaviours and sensory processing.

The Importance of Supporting Autistic Individuals

It is important to approach Autism from a neuro-affirming perspective, recognising that Autistic individuals are valuable members of our society, and that their differences should be respected and celebrated, rather than stigmatised or treated as a problem to be fixed. The Autistic community have unique strengths and challenges, and it is crucial to provide them with the support and accommodations they need to thrive and reach their full potential.

For example, Autistic individuals may benefit from sensory accommodations, such as noise-cancelling headphones or sunglasses, to help them block out loud noises and regulate their sensory environment. They may also benefit from communication accommodations, such as visual schedules or social stories, to help them understand social situations and communicate effectively. In addition, Autistic individuals may benefit from support with executive functioning, such as education programs, organisation and planning, or emotional regulation.

It is essential to recognise that every Autistic individual is unique, and their support needs may vary depending on their individual strengths and challenges. It is crucial to approach Autism from a person centred perspective, focusing on the individual's unique needs and preferences, and providing support and accommodations that respect their autonomy and individuality.

"Challenging behaviour is not inherently part of Autism. It may be more common in Autistic children, but that is likely because the world must be harder to navigate when others do not understand or value your differences...."

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