Having just attended the NAS Professionals conference I was lucky enough to attend a presentation by Lucy Sanctuary, a Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist. Lucy's presentation was entitled 'Improving support at home for families of young people who are harming themselves and others'. It was a really fascinating exploration of both the professional approach to self harm and autism and also the personal experiences of Lucy as a parent. One of the points made by Lucy was the need for early support and intervention and importantly from a joined up team all working with the same approach, and with consistency. Clear communication and reducing anxiety being key starting points.
I'd be keen to hear others experience of autism and self harm; what has been effective, what have been the main learning points, what advice you have for others?