Reading about the successes of autistic people in our services always feels good…but being a support worker experiencing it feels even better! Our staff guide the people we support to learn new skills and grow in confidence.
It’s thanks to them that this personal development happens. But what is important to remember when supporting autistic people?
If you’re considering a career in care, this is probably something you want to know, right?
Here’s what one of our service managers told us
Michaela Stevens, Deputy Manager at The Cedars said: “A lot of it is about knowing the people we support and knowing that not everyone autistic person has the same needs,” adding that “you need to use a person-centered approach and connect with them on their level”.
A common mistake people make about autism is that you can support everyone the same way. No two autistic people are the same – so, their support needs are different too.
Could you join our team?
It’s a fantastic career, one which will really make you want to get out of bed!
Do you think you would be good at providing support to autistic people? It is a very rewarding job and you will learn so much along the way.
What about training?
One of the key benefits Voyage Care staff receive is detailed training on how to support autistic people effectively. We have a whole team dedicated to providing specialist training!
Michaela also told us: “Training gave us more knowledge and insight into autism…and the reasons why people behave the way they do. Once you have that knowledge, you’re able to use it to your advantage to make sure you’re giving people the best support.”
However, it’s not just first-time support workers who can get training. If you’re looking to work your way into management further training is also available.
The branch manager of BROCS, Gail Withington, said: “I’ve requested various training for the services I manage and this training has been granted. As a specialist autism service, this training enables me and my team to discuss confidently with commissioners and families, what that specialist classification means to them and the people we support.”