As prevalence of autism continues to rise, and the diagnostic criteria are refined to identify autistic girls and women more accurately, health professionals in every specialty will face the reality of having to treat increasing numbers of patients who have been diagnosed on autism spectrum.
Potentially an even higher number of patients will arrive armed with a self-diagnosis, stretching the clinician’s abilities to the limit. How will you manage them? Do you feel comfortable managing autistic meltdown? How will you tell a high-functioning autistic from a person with borderline or narcissistic personality disorder? Do you know how to manage the sensory disintegration – extremely common in autistics?
You should. You must, actually, according to law. Because you are required to provide reasonable adjustments to the patients, and sensory disintegration is number one cause of disability and reduced quality of life among autistic people.
And do you know why I say, “autistic” – as opposed to the “person with autism”?
Do you have any idea as to what is the difference between the Person-first and Identity-first positions – or what those positions actually and what they refer to?
If you are not already involved with autism community, chances are, you don’t.
But here’s the deal: if you wish to continue provide quality care to your patients – while protecting yourself from valid litigation: e.g., for breaching protections of autistics under Equality Act 2010 – you must get uptodate – and fast.
You are now able to make the most of my unusual profile of skills, knowledge and experience.
Training on Autism for Doctors from Doctors
I offer training sessions on neurodiversity “for doctors from doctors” with the bonus of “first-person autistic experience x4”, i.e.:
I have been living my own life on the autistic spectrum for nearly 40 years;
I have been married to a wonderful NAT man for nearly 20 years;
I have been a Mum to a handsome & studious 16-year-old man, and
a gorgeous, brilliant 10-year-old girl – naturally, BOTH my children are on the spectrum, too!
I welcome enquiries from medical schools, NHS Trusts, “Postgraduate Deaneries” (regional branches of Health Care England – HCE), Royal Colleges, BMA etc regarding in-house training on neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly ADHD & ASC.
Finding solutions to behaviour that challenges
So, in the past this would be called “challenging behaviour”. Kathy from Autism-Oxford taught me many things, including the more appropriate & less stigmatising way to refer to behaviour of autistic people that others find puzzling & confusing. In other words, OTHERS ARE CHALLENGED, because they don’t know how to respond to it.
This can be a behaviour of a school girl who is consistently late to school. Or, a schoolboy who is goes into a meltdown, seemingly unexpectedly & without provocation. Or, maybe an inmate responds the same way to certain stimuli. Or an otherwise intelligent & hard working adult professional develops a pattern of losing jobs for a careless statement to co-worker or a public disagreement with boss. Even if they do6 have a formal diagnosis of ASC, we can meet for a preliminary consultation. If necessary, we will provide the full diagnostic assessment, too.
Autism and Employment.
This is a complex area, so I will have to be brief. Those who need details should contact me directly.
We offer these services related to employment of autistic people:
1. We can advise on preparation to any formal hearings at work where an autistic employee was involved.
2. We can attend the meetings & hearings as an autism advocate.
3. We can guide the employee & employer through the Access to Work application.
4. We can evaluate workplaces & public areas for being “autism-neutral”, advising on improvements when appropriate.
5. As above, but evaluation is for the adjustments that the employer could implement for the specific employee. This requires several hours of work, including discussions with the employer, the employee; familiarising myself with select medical records of the employee & policies of the employer & writing a detailed recommendation report.
Either party (the employer OR the employee) can commission me to carry out the report, but the nature of the work requires that BOTH PARTIES CONSENT TO IT.
Not listed here?
If the service you require is not listed here, please contact us, explaining the nature of your request, and we will get back to you to discuss it in detail.