April is Autism Awareness Month.Dave chats to  Erika Gleeson, an Australian-based, international expert on Autism.  Erika, a Senior Behaviour and Skill Development Specialist and addresses issues such as

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) – what is it and how can we help those impacted by it?
  • Wandering and drowning prevention – is there a link between wandering and drowning and how can we prepare ourselves post COVID-19?
  • Behaviours of concern – how to identify and what can be done?

Erika also talks about  Autism Swim
Autism Swim, established in 2016, is an Australian-based social enterprise and registered charity of experts specialising in the prevention of wandering and drowning for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and cognitive deficit.

Erika, an Australian-based, international expert on wandering and drowning prevention for those with ASD and other abilities, is available to discuss a wide range of topics such as:

  • Wandering – what is it and how can the community can help?
  • Behaviours of Concern
  • The relationship between water and those with ASD
  • What to look for in an inclusive aquatic provider
  • General water safety tips for parents
  • What the general community need to know about those who are high-risk around water

The Facts:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder is a neurodevelopmental condition which impacts how someone views the world.  People with ASD can experience difficulties with communication, social interaction and restricted/repetitive interest and behaviours.
  • Someone with Autism is 160 times more likely to die of drowning than those without autism[1].
  • More than 50% of individuals with ASD have a propensity to wander[2] (it’s also very common in individuals with dementia).
  • In Australia, statistics indicate that an estimated 1 in 70 people are on the Autism Spectrum[3].
  • Autism diagnoses has increased 1150% since 1995[4]

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