Adults with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) or a suspected diagnosis often have hidden needs that go unmet by public services. This book describes and analyses the Kent ASC enablement approach, a short-term intervention led by occupational therapy to promote people with ASC becoming more self-aware and self-sufficient outside of public services.
Designed to teach adults with ASC strategies for controlling their sensory, motor-processing and social-communication needs and preferences, this person-centred approach gives them greater self-management over their lives. The book also provides an overview of a range of both professional and self-help tools and technologies which can be used by adults with ASC to increase independence and wellbeing. Case-studies demonstrate the transformative effects of enablement on daily life for adults with ASC. The book also provides recommendation for building on the enablement approach.
An excellent read providing visionary insight into the potential that can be achieved via an enablement service for people with autism. The work will provide an excellent model for anyone wishing to enhance the interventions and outcomes for people on the autistic spectrum.
— Jane Miller, County Manager Occupational Therapy and Reablement, Kent County Council
With its unique combination of research data and illustrative case examples Autism and Enablement is a rich source of information and inspiration for everyone (not only occupational therapists, also other professionals, parents and even policy makers) looking for ways to increase the independence, relatedness and competence of young adults with autism.
— Peter Vermeulen, Autism Consultant and Lecturer at Autisme Centraal, Belgium
About the Authors:
Matt Bushell is Senior Practitioner in the Kent Autistic Spectrum Conditions Team. He has an MA in Social Work and has been working with clients with autism for over 25 years.
Sandra Gasson is a Case Manager in the Kent Autistic Spectrum Conditions Team and an Occupational Therapist. She is also parent and carer of an autistic adult. She has hands on practical experience in supporting those with autism for the past 30 years.
Ute Vann is a Senior Practitioner in the Kent Autistic Spectrum team. She has an MA in Social Work and a PhD in Social Policy. She has practical experience in supporting those with autism for the past 20 years.