NVQ 3 Essay

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Understand how to support individuals with autistic spectrum conditions.

Understand the main characteristics of autistic spectrum conditions.

It is important to recognise that each person on the autistic spectrum has their own individual abilities, needs, strengths, gifts and interests because no two individuals are the same. People on the autistic spectrum have their own set of unique characteristics and vary from one to another in terms of their abilities. Some clients may have similar needs, for example, assistance with money. However no two individuals on the autistic spectrum are the same so it is important not too make assumptions about them.
The types of difficulties that individuals tend to experience can be
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It is believed that this was due to genetic differences between the sexes. However many believe this may be due to gender bias in the diagnostic criteria. It is thought that autistic spectrum conditions are displayed differently in males than they are in females. Society portrays the female role as a more social one and females with autistic spectrum conditions learn to act in social settings by copying other peoples behaviour, essentially, subconsciously acting. This may cause any social and communication difficulties to be overlooked.
When trying to help an individual understand their autism it is important not tell them everything at once. You do not want to flood them with information as the chances are not alot of the information you give will be taken on board. It is important for people to understand their condition as much as they can. It can be helpful for someone to have an explanation as to why they find the world such a confusing and challenging place. Equally their family need support and information on the individual’s condition.

Understand different theories and concepts about autism

There are a number of prominent theories regarding Autism. Research indicates that autism may be a disorder of the cortex area of the brain which controls reasoning, problem-solving, memory, voluntary movement and sensation. The autistic brain functions differently than an average brain. The structural differences in the brain, such as