How can you ensure that you support and help to improve emotional wellbeing in the young people with autism in your care? Check out the following five useful tips for professionals.
About Axcis and Network Autism
At Axcis, we are very proud to say that we are long-term supporters of the National Autistic Society. We have been their largest individual corporate sponsor for some years now. As part of our partnership, they have been able to develop Network Autism, which is funded entirely by Axcis sponsorship. It is a UK wide autism specific collaboration with international reach. It is a dedicated, supported space where all those seeking to develop and contribute their skills, knowledge and practice in the area of autism can come together to network and share good practice. The unique multi-disciplinary and multi-national nature of this space enables cross fertilisation of ideas and experience that over time could lead to the development of innovative practice and drive change across the autism sector.
We are thrilled to share this article recently published on their website. Written by Caroline Smith, Specialist Educational Psychologist and licensed FRIENDS trainer, Caroline provides her top 5 tips for developing emotional wellbeing and promoting mental health in young people with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Dr Smith has also written an article for Network Autism, outlining some of the specialist approaches to improving emotional wellbeing.
Top 5 tips for Improving emotional wellbeing and mental health
Let the young person know every day, and throughout the day, that they are cared for, loved and valued.
Directly teach about, model and normalise emotions.
Teach a range of relaxation skills and support their routine practice.
Develop friendship/contact groups both within the school and the wider community.
Teach children to ‘look on the bright side of life’, encouraging helpful and optimistic thinking.
These top tips are intended as a very general guide to what to think about. You can find further information on this subject via the following links:
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