Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) is Australia’s largest service provider for people on the autism spectrum.
Our specialised, evidence-informed schools program is one of the largest in the world, with additional services that include information and advice, diagnostic assessments, behaviour support, parent and family support, and adult programs.
It is important to understand a person’s thinking – how a person processes information, pays attention, remembers and learns. We can then adjust our approach to help them make choices or know what may happen next.
We need to know how a person communicates best and provide an opportunity for this. It is important to support each person to communicate whether it is by speaking, showing pictures or symbols, or writing.
We need to ensure that the expectations of the person match what is actually going to happen in a situation. This helps to support successful outcomes and reduces the anxiety that can occur if expectations are not met.
It is important to know what is motivating for a person on the spectrum, and not assume they will be motivated by the same things as other people. Using this knowledge will help us to encourage the people we support to take part in activities and tasks.
People on the autism spectrum may be over-or under-sensitive to sounds, touch, taste, smells or light. This can cause some people considerable anxiety and prevent them from participating in the world around them. We need to be aware of sensory differences and support people to manage them so that their school or life experiences will be more positive.
For more information on Autism Spectrum Australia and our services,
please visit: www.autismspectrum.org.au