Adults with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) or a suspected diagnosis often have hidden needs that go unmet by public services. This book describes and analyses the Kent ASC enablement approach, a short-term intervention led by occupational therapy to promote people with ASC becoming more self-aware and self-sufficient outside of public services.Designed to teach adults with ASC strategies for controlling their sensory, motor-processing and social-communication needs and preferences, this person-centred approach gives them greater self-management over their lives. The book also provides an overview of a range of both professional and self-help tools and technologies which can be used by adults with ASC to increase independence and wellbeing. Case-studies demonstrate the transformative effects of enablement on daily life for adults with ASC. The book also provides recommendation for building on the enablement approach.
Introduction. 1. Understanding Autistic Spectrum Conditions and the Impact upon the Individual. 2. Identifying the Need for an ASC Enablement Approach. 3. An Occupational Therapy-led Enablement Approach. 4. Specialist ASC Enablement Research Results and Analysis. 5. Research Objectives Analysis, Key Learning and Recommendations. Final Comments. Bibliography.