In the UK, around 70,000 people have received an autism spectrum diagnosis. Unfortunately, various medical bodies have raised concerns regarding the time it takes for diagnosis to occur and the limited levels of awareness about autism. Important steps must be taken by everyone to change this, particularly when lack of awareness can result in delayed access to autism therapy that can markedly improve the lives of autistic adults.
Over the last ten years, the efforts of medical professionals and autism experts have resulted in enhanced understanding and sensitivity around autism. However, there is still work to be done to further increase awareness and improve the quality of life for autistic adults.
We know that increased awareness can and does result in better understanding which, in turn, often leads to enhanced levels of empathy and better support. Autism can look markedly different between individuals with an autism spectrum diagnosis.
Saying “NO!” to ignorance, shame and judgement
There is a vast range of literature and scholarly articles available online containing valuable information about autism and autism therapy. Simply by staying informed about the latest developments, you will already be contributing positively towards spreading awareness. Sharing this knowledge with friends, family, colleagues and others in your local community can make a significant impact and even change people’s entire perspectives about autism.
By helping to provide others with a more enhanced picture of what life looks like for autistic adults, you may also help someone to obtain the support and therapy they need to live a more fulfilled life. Neurotypical people have spent far too long skirting around the subject of autism. Since autism therapy can be life-changing for autistic adults, this tiptoeing simply cannot be allowed to continue any longer.
Understanding Autism Therapy
If either you or someone you know would benefit from support with autism, there are a variety of different therapies that can help. Importantly, each therapy will be personalised to the unique needs of the individual to ensure that tangible progress is made in a positive, beneficial way.
The objectives of these therapies include:
- Comprehensively meet the sometimes complex needs of autistic adults.
- Build upon key skills, including self-care, communication and social skills.
- Encourage personal development and the exploration of interests in a supportive environment.
- Positively addressing various behavioural needs, including how to express frustration in a way that is productive and not harmful.
Hearteningly, as awareness has improved so significantly over the last decade, increasing numbers of autistic adults are finding it easier to obtain the support they require. All efforts to further enhance this awareness are going to make a tangible difference to the lives of hundreds of thousands of people up and down the country. So, whether you choose to attend events designed to spread awareness, connect with the media to ensure key messaging reaches a wider audience, or contact local authorities to enhance awareness of the valuable services that are out there, know that all action is good action.