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2.5. Describe how to incorporate the preferences and needs of individuals when providing support.

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When supporting individuals with autism, you should be conversant with their individual care plan, which will detail their unique needs and preferences.

Armed with this information, you should ensure that the support that you provide incorporates these needs and preferences.

For example, if an individual’s anxiety is heightened by crowds, you might plan to support them with their grocery shopping at a time when the supermarket will be quieter. Some supermarkets even provide a quieter shopping experience at specific times before or after they are open to the general public.

Another example is if an individual is averse to certain food textures, you would ensure that these food types are not included in the individuals meal plan. You may also agree with the staff team that they do not bring these food types into work to eat themselves.

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