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Active support for people with autism or a learning disability while having to stay inside the home

The changing circumstances we are facing create challenges and difficulties our for all of us.

But those challenges can be particularly difficult for children and adults with learning disabilities and/or autism who:

  • have difficulties understanding what’s happening and why
  • have lost the predictability and consistency of their daily routines and structure • suddenly have limited or no access to community activities
  • are no longer able to have physical contact with friends & family
  • are experiencing fear of getting the virus, or of the changes that might happen because of it
  • have had to move home or are being shielded
  • are being supported by agency or relief staff who don’t know them well and need specific and person centred support.

The guide available for download here focuses on those resources that make use of Active Support to enable families and support staff to develop the skills needed to support people with learning disabilities and/or autism in

  • Staying active and trying new things and
  • Creating structure and routine

There are a number of helpful videos embedded in the guide, we have added one of them to this page: Every movement has a potential

The information on this page is taken from the 'Stay inside - Be inspired' guide written by Julie Beadle-Brown from the Tizard Centre, University of Kent and Bev Murphy, John Ockenden and Alan Williams from United Response.