By Alison Morton-Cooper
Making plans and dealing with future health deal with people with autistic spectrum stipulations offers a distinct set of demanding situations, from facing conversation problems and sensory overload to issues of actual examinations. This ground-breaking quantity tackles all of the concerns that healthiness execs can meet on a day by day foundation, in addition to addressing moral concerns and extra particular elements of health and wellbeing care - autism and health problems, being pregnant, psychological overall healthiness and selling normal healthiness. execs in all fields of wellbeing and fitness care, in addition to people with autism spectrum issues and their carers, will locate this wide-ranging and informative booklet a vital reference software.
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Don’t crowd or panic your patient (or allow others to). Distract if possible. Use a favourite toy or known special interests to ‘bring down’ the patient’s level of excitability and restore a sense of calm. Severely affected people will usually be accompanied to the consultation – but do check how well the carer knows your patient before assuming they know what to do. Try to ascertain what the triggers were for future reference (and note it for others’ benefit). Sedation may very occasionally be needed, but take specialist telephone advice from the duty psychiatrist before doing anything drastic (for information on pharmacological treatments and autism, see also Clarke 1996).
If you are completely new to the subject of autism, it might be useful to dip into that section now. In the next chapter I go on to make some practical suggestions for managing a visit to the family doctor, as this highlights some of the potential problems of which we should all be aware. 2 Consultation and Health Assessment Health awareness in people with autism Beliefs about health and illness are grounded in people’s wider understanding of the world in which they live. The stock of knowledge they draw on to ‘read’ bodily signs of illness owes much to their culture and established norms of behaviour (Radley 1994).
As clinicians respond with clinical audits, risk assessments and practice guidelines, practice will become more ‘autism-friendly’ and people and families will become more confident and less reluctant to approach health workers for information and advice. General health and well-being should improve as a result. Well, that’s my assumption as a former nurse educator and interested parent anyway! At the end of the book I offer a brief guide to ‘fast facts’ that health professionals should know about the autism spectrum before caring for or treating the person with autism, together with recommendations for further reading.