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
- 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.
- More than 50% of individuals with ASD have a propensity to wander (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.
- Autism diagnoses has increased 1150% since 1995