Volume 10, Issue 11: Autism spectrum disorderAuthor: John Grimwood
AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER – LEARNING TO LEARN
It is a strangely slow morning, the schools have all just gone back after summer, when you are asked to attend a 4-year-old girl who has fallen over and, it seems, has grazed her arm. Close to arrival you are alerted that she has autism – do you know how best to care for this patient?
People living with learning disabilities don’t always receive the best care because health and care professionals don’t always understand the complexities involved with their conditions. Autism is a key feature of many physical and learning disabilities.
Emergency services often find themselves involved in the crises points of families involving people with learning disabilities, which can be challenging. This article outlines examples of common learning difficulties/disabilities and neurodevelopmental disorders. It highlights the importance of effective communication and provides some useful strategies for dealing with children with learning disabilities that will enable you to improve your interactions with patients so that you can effectively and sensitively decide on the appropriate person-centred management plan.