Double win for Stafford-based psychology team at Autism Professionals Awards – Autism in Practice – April 2014

In the third of four features for the April 2014 issue of Autism in Practice, I shared the success and looked into the work that Midlands Psychology was commended for at The National Autistic Society’s Autism Professionals Awards 2014.

Midlands Psychology is a Stafford-based community interest company (CIC). Run by professionals who have a history of working with people with autism and parents of people with autism.

Midlands Psychology offers support to not only children and teenagers on the spectrum without the need for an initial referral from a medical professional; they also offer an Introduction to Autism course for families who have recently had a child diagnosed with autism. Continue reading

How do you assist people with autism in bespoke palliative and end-of-life care? – Autism in Practice – April 2014

In the second of four features for the April 2014 issue of Autism in Practice, I explored the process undertaken by Scottish Autism as they delivered bespoke palliative and end-of-life care to an existing client they worked with. Through understanding autism, they took their existing best practice into account and shaped it into a plan that worked for the client, the loved ones of the client and also themselves as a care provider.

Jill Ferguson, Services Manager at Scottish Autism, and Val Laurie, a Senior Autism Practitioner at Scottish Autism, work with a team that includes community nurses, consultants and specialists to provide palliative and end-of-life care for people with autism.

The team have recently assisted a service user to access specialist assistance after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. Steps were taken to provide physical, psychological, social and spiritual support for the individual. Continue reading

Exploring the link between autism and gastrointestinal issues – Autism in Practice – April 2014

In my new role as a freelance feature writer for Autism in Practice, an e-newsletter that is put together by The National Autistic Society for professionals who work to support people with autism in Great Britain, I wanted to share the first feature I’ve put together with you all that was written on a possible link between autism and gastrointestinal issues. There is growing awareness of a potential link and through the examples I’ve used in the feature, I hope I show this.

Danny Bovell, 20, and Nicky Monks, 15, have both experienced issues with their gastrointestinal systems that have resulted in the need to wear a stoma bag for the foreseeable future after ileostomy surgery. They both also have autism.

Virginia Bovell, Danny’s mother, delivered a session at the NAS Professionals Conference 2014 in Harrogate on the possibility of an overlap between autism and gastrointestinal issues alongside Professor Simon Murch, Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health at Warwick Medical School. Continue reading