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Autism & Patient Care – Nurses are the Front Line
Presenter Nelle Francis
Nelle Frances is an Autism Consultant and Trainer and mum to a 28-year-old autistic son, daughter to an ASD father, and a Special Needs Educator with over 2 decades of experience.
Nelle believes all behaviour is sensorily driven, and that sensory sensitivity is the most misunderstood characteristic of the Spectrum. She believes that if we look to the senses we can decode all behaviours displayed by those on the Autism Spectrum.
She works with Autistic individuals of all ages teaching them to recognise their body signals in relation to sensory input, which increases their ability to self-regulate. This has a beneficial flow on effect to all areas of their lives – communication, social ability, relationships and employment.
Statistics show that autistic individuals seek help from emergency departments and community clinics far less frequently than non autistic people. This is directly linked to their combined autism characteristics:
- Communication issues;
- Sensory issues; and
- Executive functioning ability.
Gaining an understanding of autism and making simple adjustments to the patient intake process can increase the level of health care autistics access.
In this session, you will:
- Gain an understanding of Autism characteristics
- Recognise sensory distress
- Explore/Examine alternate methods of communicating with autistic individuals
- Review your methodology