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Guest Blog- The Benefits of employing an Autistic Person

By Clare Meaney
on July 30, 2016

Here is  Guest Blog from Joe from Incluzy.

In the UK there are more than 700,000 individuals living with autism, however, less than 15% of these people are in full-time employment. This is a dispiriting figure when you consider the many skills and talents people with autism have, skills which are highly beneficial in the workplace.

Autism Spectrum Disorder is not a disease or illness and it cannot be cured - the unique elements of autism are an integral part of the person’s make-up. As it is defined across a spectrum, people with autism will all experience it in a unique way, however, it usually has some effect on how individuals communicate and interact with others. As well, it is also important to remember that autism is not a visible disability.

In 2010, The Equality Act came into force in the UK and made it unlawful for any employer to discriminate on the grounds of disability. Perhaps this has made some employers reassess their approach to autism, however, employing people with a disability is not a matter of filling quotas. Instead, the focus should be on the value each individual can bring to the prospective role. Those who fall within the spectrum of autism have a huge amount to offer companies. Individuals with autism are often excellent problem solvers; have outstanding concentration and memory skills; pay great attention to detail; and are highly dependable, just some of the traits that companies are looking for in employees.

While every applicant who applies for a job should be treated as an individual, there is common ground amongst people with autism that can be reached, which, when recognised by companies can make the hiring process run much more smoothly.

Things to consider:

Communication

Some individuals with autism will find understanding body language and facial expressions difficult and this can sometimes hinder communication.

Repetitive Behaviours

People with autism will often see the world in a different way and thus they tend to enjoy the security of familiarity and routine. This is a positive trait in a working environment.

Interaction

Interaction concerns how individuals with autism behave in the presence of others. For example, if they are concerned, they may retreat within themselves; or they may sometimes appear insensitive, but only because they find it difficult to read cues from those around them.

The Interview Process

People with autism often develop a keen interest in a particular subject and become hugely knowledgeable about it. If you can discover what this interest is during the interview, and encourage the candidate to talk about it, it can help put them at ease. 

Sometimes jokes and sarcasm are not understood well by individuals with autism, as physical cues are hard for them to read. Therefore, be straightforward and express yourself clearly. Also, if there are gaps in the conversation don’t rush in to fill the silence, the person may just need a little longer to formulate their response.

The Induction Process

Once an individual with autism has been hired, there are simple steps you can take to make their first few days with you as positive an experience as possible.

  • Send induction material to the new employee early so they can take the time to read through and absorb it before they start. This will help to lessen first day nerves.
  • If possible, try to seat the person away from noise or people passing by regularly, as this can be unsettling. It’s also important to build structure into the day so individuals know what to expect.
  • People with autism can be perfectionists so it’s important to give regular feedback on how things are going and provide reassurance where necessary.

Individuals with autism tend to have strong skills in particular areas and can often outperform their peers in these capacities. It’s important therefore to tap into these strengths and allow the employee the freedom to utilise their skill-set within the working environment. When this happens much of the misunderstanding about autism falls away and employers recognise what a valuable asset the individual is to their business.

More information can can be found here.

 

A big thank you to Joe and the team at incluzy for there hard work and commitment to heping people with disabilies obtain jobs.

Frustration about Speech Delays and How to make Therapy Fun

By Clare Meaney
on May 04, 2016

I hear from a lot of parents who have children with Sensory issues that their children have speech delays. Communication is such a big thing for anyone living an independent life and reduces frustration being able to express what we think, what we want and what we need.
I always find babies babbling a crazy thing as my son never really did this he was pretty quiet apart from when he was crying he didn’t make the baby noises. He was always behind with speech and we decided to learn Makaton to help with the process.
Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate. It is designed to support spoken language and the signs and symbols are used with speech, in spoken word order.
Its lovely hearing about  Makaton Groups now in our local area Wirral, Hands Up with the lovely Steph, we were so lucky when my son was small that a group called Sundowns let us join in even though it is for children with Down’s Syndrome and we will always be grateful for the help they gave us at that time.
We have had a few group sessions of speech therapy over our time but funding for speech therapy as most know is a postcode lottery. Over the years his speech has got better and better but he is still very conscious about it and has had bullying in the past because of it. Kids can be cruel.
Since Home Educating I asked what would he really like to learn his answer……. ‘Learn how to speak properly so I don’t sound stupid’……. Heartbroken hearing those words I went on a momma mission (like those who know me happens quite a bit) I began researching we did the sounds test and worked out the 2 sounds we wanted to work on over this year.
Since October wow have we come on! We do blow football, we make fires that need lots of blowing to ignite them more(and of course has little boys interested) we do tongue exercises in the mirror, we use bendy straws lots, we use chews(a lot for sensory issues also) Confidence is building and we can fit it in far more than schools ever could.
Straws are a big thing in our house and the silly straws makes it all a bit fun. I think the key is to have fun with it. If my son thought he was doing speech therapy each day he probably wouldn’t do it as really it sounds boring and has been for him in the past but being silly with momma around the house with musical instruments singing lalalalala, babababa, thththth, mmmmm. So I think what I want you to realise from this blog is there is so much you can do at home whilst waiting for appointments, whilst making memories and having fun as a family.

Getting little fingers to move

By Clare Meaney
on September 16, 2015


So I hear lots of people asking me about fine motor skills, firstly what are fine motor skills?


Wikipedia definition- Fine motor skill (or dexterity) is the coordination of small muscle movements—usually involving the synchronization of hands and fingers—with the eyes. The complex levels of manual dexterity that humans exhibit can be attributed to and demonstrated in tasks controlled by the nervous system. Fine motor skills aid in the growth of intelligence and develop continuously throughout the stages of human development. In easy terms the muscles don’t quite do what you want them to and causes soooooo much frustration.


So they are pretty important the most obvious ways to notice fine motor skills in kids is writing, doing buttons/zips and using cutlery if they have trouble doing these things the likelihood is that there fine motor skills are under developed. If this is the case you may want to speak with school to see if they have noticed anything.


Sometimes they just need to do a few more activities like playing with putty or threading some beads to practise a bit more in other cases it can be an indicator of maybe having a condition like dyspraxia or hypermobility.


All the fidget toys help develop fine motor skills. We never go out without a rainbow orbit ball we like them for one they are very robust, squeezing them gives your hands a real work out and they are also easier to catch with small spaces in between the loops. This has really helped my son he has been a bit weak on fine motor skills and has hypermobility but is now doing great after we have worked a lot with him to develop them. #proudmommamoment


If your child has problems with fine motor skills it really can effect confidence so make practising fun we post so many ideas on our Facebook page for developing fine motor skills so that kids don’t get bored and we always love to hear about your ideas too.


A new thing we have just got to help kids with handwriting is something called a Magnatab we had so much fun trying them out recently writing with magnets and they are really sturdy we hope they will be really popular with you all. If you ever have any questions as always we are really happy to help :-)

World’s apart but getting closer each day

By Clare Meaney
on August 30, 2015

Ever thought why so many people say ‘there never used to be so many people with sensory issues, maybe they are just making it up and dramatic now’ it really annoys me.


We always used to wonder why my little man is easier whilst away on our family holidays in Romania. Reduced meltdowns, slightly more sociable and just a happier little boy running around free and then it clicked Romanian villages are similar to how England used to be lots of years ago when nobody had bad sensory issues so people say I think personally they were just managed better without people realising it.

 


We’ve been doing so well with the sensory diet that our lovely OT’s have helped us with, exercises 3-4 times a day for 20-30minutes. Exercises like sit ups, press ups, crab walking, exercises with the gym ball, and pull ups on the chin up bar and many more all heavy work. Running around never calms the little man down but these things do.
So children in Romania in the villages do chores helping out there families, filling up water buckets, feeding animals, picking fruit off trees, stacking up logs etc. all heavy work. In their free time they are riding bikes, climbing trees, playing in the river again all heavy work.


All these things are sensory diet exercises which could be the answer to why so many children struggle so much more with sensory issues in western countries and compared to years ago that life is busier, Xboxes, ipads and phone are very important to us all now. I’m not saying all issues go with doing the sensory diet but for us it’s been such a positive experience and has calmed down and given us a few strategies to cope better.


Going for runs is not going to calm down your sensory children and neither is doing the exercises once per day, it really is a big commitment but one we feel is benefiting our family greatly.


Life in Romania is quieter less cars, less stimulation, less additives in food, and more exercise and an all round healthier lifestyle I really love it over there unfortunately western life is creeping in more and more each time I go. These are all just my opinions but we are using the best of both worlds for us, trying to eat better and be more active, whilst using the best of the sensory toys/products available here too massagers, water beads, swings, rainbow lights, and Senseez cushions to name just a few. To try our very best that sensory issues aren’t ruling our life like they have done in the past.

The Manchester Autism Show 2015 - Laughter and Surprise

By Clare Meaney
on June 30, 2015

So it’s been a very busy few weeks for us here at Multi-sensory World getting ready to exhibit at The Manchester Autism show it’s the first time we have done this exhibition so it was a bit nerve wracking trying to work out the amount of stock needed etc. it’s clear to say we completely underestimated how popular we would be and sold out of so many things and had to keep re-stocking with other items. Our chew Jewellery section was very thin after the first day and was empty by the end of the 2 days thankfully our supplier is fantastic and we are all stocked up again now as I know a lot of you were disappointed we had already sold so many.

The amount of times we had people coming back to the stall saying ‘I didn’t see this before’ it was a bit of a rugby scrum at times and our stall however big we have them always seems to be over flowing and a few people were pleading with us to get certain items out of the van which we did :-) Couldn’t say no.

The exhibition was brilliant unfortunately I didn’t manage to listen to even 1 talk as we were just too busy it’s great to give so many children, families and professionals the opportunity to try our products out, our stand was full of laughter and surprise. Laughter of happy children (and adults) trying out the water beads and kaleidoscope lamps surprise from parents watching their children who NEVER sit down sat on our Senseez cushions or with weighted lap pads and not moving off the seat at all. It really is lovely to see a bit of relief on parents faces as they realise that the sensory seeking can be calmed down with these simple tools.

    


A highlight for me was meeting the lovely people at the play doctors there products really are fantastic and it’s great to meet people with far more experience at exhibitions than ourselves to give us some insight.Also explaining to some families about Sensory diets as this has been so successful for us as a family with my little man (we will be following up in another blog on our progress soon) but so many have still never heard about it but we will keep trying to promote awareness.

We couldn’t thank the organisers enough they looked after us so much and the event city staff were also so helpful (even helped us with boxes on set up day) and we were so grateful for all the really positive feedback and compliments we received from the show about our Company, Facebook page and products and its great seeing some familiar faces popping up on our Facebook page.

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