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Helping people with autism to assess their social care needs

Nurses can provide advocacy for patients with an autism spectrum disorder, helping to identify and signpost relevant social care services and related resources, writes Christopher Barber

Strictly speaking, social care is the realm of the social worker rather than the nurse. However, nurses and other health professionals may be involved in helping those with an autism spectrum condition (ASC) to assess, plan, meet and evaluate their social care needs.

This may include nurses working within community mental health and learning disability teams and others employed by national autism support organisations, such as the National Autistic Society (NAS), and by regional support organisations.

Support and advocacy
Areas of social care support could include assistance with: budgeting; obtaining social welfare benefits; finding and keeping accommodation; buying furniture; healthy eating; access to and use of public transport through 'travel training' schemes; employment; learning activities; and leisure facilities.

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