A PA is required for our autistic son. The following is the person specification we have in mind for this PA:
Young, fun, lively & energetic personality! I would have to put this at the very TOP of the list (even above Autism understanding!) because this is the type of individual that my son would be happiest with, and also respond better too!
Autism awareness, understanding and appropriate related experience! This is a an absolute no brainer as my son whilst being on the ASC Spectrum also has other complex additional conditions such as Anxiety Disorder, Sensory Processing Difficulties, and the most difficult of these (in my opinion) to cope with is PDA – Pathological Demand Avoidance- the need to control everything and everyone in his immediate proximity! Extreme desires to control all around him (especially in new & different environments!) to self reguate his anxiety levels, mean that this one area of behaviour can be EXTREMELY challenging to manage at any time!