This is the 2nd day of the Autism Awareness course, specifically for social work practitioners responsible for assessing the needs of autistic adults. Social care practitioners must have attended day 1 Autism Spectrum Conditions prior to attending this course.
It is delivered by colleagues from Avon & Wiltshire Partnership, with high level of expertise in supporting adults with autism.
It will include a focus on:
Issues in assessment:
Opportunity to reflect on previous assessments with autistic adults
Consider how someone with autism might be eligible (unmet) needs in each outcome area of Care Act 2014
Why some ‘able’ adults get overlooked for support
Why a good assessment is essential for autistic adults – mental health co-morbidities- anxiety/low mood/suicidal risks
Reasons why assessment may be difficult eg apparent lack of engagement, communication of needs
Impact on families and carers,
How to work with parents
Autism and other social care law. Autism Act, Mental Capacity Act, Mental Health Act and Equality Act
Preparing for assessment, gathering information, time requirement
Using principles of safety, clarity, precision, empathy, and low arousal
How to structure visits, assessments and reviews for autistic adults
How to build rapport and develop trust
How to alter the way you communicate
Assessing sensory needs within context of the Care Act
Working with care providers and setting up placements for autistic adults
What does a good service look like?
Critically evaluating providers including specialist provision
Low level long term support methods