Sensory sensitivity, complexities in communication, and previous history of interactions with medical and other healthcare professionals can make the experience less than therapeutic.
There is a large gap between what health professionals understand about autistic people, and what autistic people know about the expectations and limitations of the healthcare system.
We believe only people who understand both the lived experience of being autistic and the complexities and the expectations of the healthcare system can really understand where the gaps are.
For Autistic healthcare users:
Access Health Autism offers an individualised service to autistic people, working with you to assess the difficulties and barriers you face, and help you to access reasonable and achievable accommodations to reduce the stress of healthcare interactions.
Initially, an autistic health professional will make an assessment appointment with you to learn about your needs.
To learn more about what to expect at the assessment appointment, please click the link below:
What can I expect at the appointment?
Following the assessment, you will receive a report outlining what we discussed, including suggestions and recommendations. We can also prepare letters or reports for healthcare providers, to give them a better understanding of your autism, and what they can do to help you.
For Healthcare Professionals:
For health providers, we offer a tailored in-service program in autism to meet your and your staff’s needs.
As understanding of autism increases, diagnosis rates are increasing with it – with many people only coming to realise that their lifelong difficulties can be attributed to undiagnosed autism when they are adults.
Health professionals and other staff at healthcare facilities can potentially make the experience of autistic people less traumatic by simply being aware of the issues this condition can create and working to reduce stress and overload. This in turn can reduce meltdowns and shutdowns, which can be distressing for staff as well as for the autistic patient.
Providing insight into common issues and the lived experience of autism, and offering strategies to improve the experience of autistic patients and staff, training can be tailored to the setting and the audience.