Top tips you do and don’t do with people who have autism

In this blog I thought that I would discuss my top ten tips that you do and don’t do with people who have autism. These top tips would be really helpful for people who want to understand what autism is and how to deal with it.

Dos

  1. Are great at being organised.
  2. Have a really good memory.
  3. Good at being creative whether it is filming or cooking.
  4. We like to complete tasks one at a time and having things broking down to make sure that they understand what they need to do.
  5. We like to be honest to our friends and family.
  6. We like to see things that are visual such as: watching a film, seeing pictures etc.
  7. We sometimes like to do things on our own e.g. traveling to London.
  8. We have to keep our belongings in the same place and like to keep our room clean and tidy.
  9. We always try our best no matter what the situation we are in whether it is finding a work job or taking our driving test.
  10. We like doing activities to keep us entertained when we are out with friends or a course group.
  11. We like eating the same food and going to the same restaurants, we do like a bit of a change if we fancy it.
  12. We can pick up and get tasks done quickly once they know what they are doing.
  13. We like to be focus on one thing before moving on to the next one.
  14. We can be obsessed with things such as: Disney or Harry Potter.
  15. We like to know what the plans are when going out on a day trip with knowing the time, how long it will take etc.
  16. Always make sure that you do your double checks when leaving to go out to places, otherwise you will start panicking.

Don’ts

  1. We do not like people touching their food (unless they are sharing snacks at the cinema).
  2. We can get really sensitive when other people want to touch e.g. hugs (unless you know the person and allow them to touch you).
  3. We can hate loud noises including: fire alarms, discos, bands (depending on the instrument).
  4. We may not like standing in more than an hour queue at theme parks (have to get a disabled pass).
  5. We may struggle with being around big crowds,
  6. We can get stressed and worried with being in a situation that we don’t understand.
  7. We may not like changes including: being in a new environment that we do not recognise.
  8. We may struggle to understand time (quarter two and quarter past).
  9. We may not like being left out especially in day trip out with friends, birthday parties etc.
  10. We can be pushed away, treated horribly and not respectful in a work place situation.
  11. We can muddle up their words and tenses.
  12. We do not understand jokes (sometimes can be understood by visual).
  13. We can sometimes hurt someone else feelings even if they don’t mean to be.
  14. We can sometimes say something horrible to the person without even realising that we are doing it.
  15. We can repeat a lot of questions until we get the answer that we are looking for.
  16. We can sometimes interrupt when someone is speaking to us.
  17. We can sometimes struggle with listening to instructions.
  18. We can struggle to read and understand a long paragraph especially in books.
  19. We can struggle with understanding comprehension when reading a book.
  20. We can struggle with typing up sentences on a computer especially with our grammar and punctuation. We can also, struggle with spelling out words.
  21. We can get very anxious in being in a new situation and can lose our temper badly too.
  22. We can also, be very clumsy.
  23. We don’t like to be shouted at as it can sometimes set off our emotions.

Written by Kathleen McDermott

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