Caring for Someone with Autism
How do you know if you are caring for someone with Autism?
Caring for someone with autism can be demanding, and can put strain on relationships with family and friends. As a Carer you may have to deal with a range of behavioural issues.
Autism is a hidden disability – you can’t always tell that someone has it. This can be difficult when you are out with the person you care for as you may have to deal with disapproval from others who do not understand the way people with autism behave.
Some people live with autism for their entire life without ever getting a formal diagnosis. Often this is simply because autism wasn’t widely known or understood when they were growing up. For adults, a diagnosis of autism can help to explain why they have always found certain things difficult.
For children, it can mean that the right support is put in place from an early age.
Supporting an adult with Autism can be challenging as services and support for adults with the condition are limited and accessing services can be difficult.
Information – we can provide information about support and services available and Carers’ entitlements and rights.
Support – we offer a listening ear, support groups, activities and training for Carers.
Carer’s Needs Assessment – we carry out Carer’s Needs Assessments on behalf of the local authority.
Kent Carer’s Emergency Card – we administer this free service to provide peace of mind when you are away from the person you care for.
Health and Wellbeing – we offer health and wellbeing sessions to Carers and work with GP’s to identify and support Carers’ own health and wellbeing.
Assistance with Welfare Benefits – you may be entitled to Carer’s Allowance and the person you care for may be entitled to Personal Independence Payment.
- National Autisitc Society Are the leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger’s syndrome) and their families. Provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism.
National Autistic Society
- Kent Autistic Trust Provide high quality services for people with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) and their families. Offer individual, tailor made, person centred, solutions of support for adults through their living and day vocational and lifeskill services. The team has a wide range of expertise and provide consultancy services that aim to empower people with ASC through providing specialist assessments and training for the people who work with or support them. A Family Support Service offers advice and information for people with ASC, their families, Carers and the people who work with them.
Kent Autistic Trust