To ensure you are supported by well-trained staff who understand your autism, we involve you in choosing your support workers using values-based recruitment.
We have an autism learning and development pathway including autism awareness training which all staff receive, regardless of their role.
Support workers and managers delivering specialist autism care are provided with enhanced autism training that incorporates new research on effective autism practices. This includes:
- A minimum of Level 3 diploma in autism for positive behavioural support.
- Sharing and expanding autism knowledge and increasing skill levels.
- Supporting autistic people by creating structured environments.
- Reinforcing self-confidence and self-esteem by building on natural strengths, interests, and abilities.
- Understanding what motivates, interest and distresses the autistic people we support.
- Applying high and low arousal approaches that help reduce anxiety and aid concentration.
- Involving parents or advocates of the autistic people we support and see them as partners.
- Collaborating with other team members, professionals, autistic people, and their families.
- Appreciating the strengths and uniqueness of autistic culture.
- Adopting a holistic approach e.g., encouraging the use of correct terminologies to ensure autism remains an integral part of the individual and something to be proud of.