It is estimated that pervasive developmental disorders (PDDs) occur in about one is 88 children. PDD’s are widely known as autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). These disorders can be divided into five broad categories – 1) Classic Autism, 2) Asperger’s syndrome, 3) childhood disintegrative disorder, 4) Rett’s syndrome and 5) pervasive developmental disorders not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS). ASDs are more common in boys than in girls with the exception of Rett’s syndrome, which occurs almost always in girls.
Ace Human Services direct support personal (DSP) can assist with supporting and promoting the client to attain personal goals and promote independence. The DSP can teach individuals with autism ways to do things that may not come easily for them such as self-care, developing housekeeping skills to maintain a safe environment or even to prepare a meal. It is important to determine the individual’s strengths and build support to assist them in achieving their goals. It is also important to work on behaviors that interfere with daily living, such as tantrums or self-injury. Setting goals and monitoring the results are important steps towards acquiring new skills and refining existing ones.
The DSP also can arrange and accompany the client to leisure, recreation or community inclusion activities. Community inclusion activities can involve getting a haircut, running errands or visiting with a friend. This will assist in proving a holistic plan for the client and give some needed respite time for family members to recharge their batteries.