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I have worked with adults with Autism and the same principles applied to them as are described above for children; sensory overload being a main trigger for behavioural issues. Calming colours, little or no pattern, large rooms with open circulation areas, reduced noise. Well established routines were also very important; unforeseen changes or unpredictable events were disturbing for these people. This is a fascinating area of study and many new techniques are being introduced to help these people with their disturbed and confusing lives.

It is interesting of course that there is little discussion about adults with autism - this is because autism was only used as a diagnosis relatively recently - so we are only now seeing people with that diagnosis coming to their adulthood. Pity older sufferers whose behaviour was put down to naughtiness, or worse still, stupidity.

What diverse topics we come across in Houzz!!!


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