Non-aversive care of people on the autism spectrum
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Non-aversive care of people on the autism spectrum

Francis Evans Behaviour nurse specialist, Education and Services for People with Autism, Sunderland

Francis Evans provides a case study to illustrate how a reduction in restrictive physical interventions improved the quality of life of a man in a community setting

This article considers the challenges involved in supporting a man with autism to develop a valued life in the community, rather than face hospital admission in his late teens. The care team involved had to ensure that the client’s co-existing severe learning disabilities should not lead to his autism-specific needs being overlooked. In doing so, the team did not measure progress by how much the client’s behaviour changed, but by whether they reduced the number of restrictive physical interventions they made.

Learning Disability Practice. 17, 5,23-28. doi: 10.7748/ldp.17.5.23.e1548

Correspondence

francis.evans@espa.org.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 14 March 2014

Accepted: 07 April 2014