Rainbow foster care services will be having a presence at this year’s Autism Show – The National Event for Autism – which is being held in London, Birmingham and Manchester this June. Afshan Ahmad, Rainbow Fostering Services Director, will be making a speech on the subject of ‘Autism and Fostering’ at the Birmingham and Manchester shows. In the run up to these presentations, we will be producing a series of Blogs covering aspects of this important are of foster care.
Autism explained for foster carers
Autism is a developmental disability that is lifelong. It affects how people relate to and communicate with other people. It also affects the experiences they have of the world around them. It is common for autism to be diagnosed along with other related conditions. One of these is ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). ADHD affects people’s day to day lives – school and work – as well as relationships with others. People who have ADHD experience difficulties with inattentiveness and hyperactivity. Some individuals with the condition experience difficulties that may occur in just one of these two areas. ADHD has a tendency to run in most families with a diagnosis usually being between six and twelve years of age.
Another related condition finds some people with autism experiencing sensory processing difficulties. If you provide foster care for someone who is sensitive to noise, a hearing test should be arranged via your GP. Some individuals have a dual diagnosis of autism and Down’s syndrome. This syndrome causes delays in development and learning. Generally, children who have this lifelong condition will meet their developmental milestones later on. Like many people on the autism spectrum, they can find it easier to learn visually. Dyslexia can also be a related condition. This is a lifelong condition which can affect the development of literacy and language. In terms of its consequences, it can impact upon the way information is stored, processed and retrieved by the brain. This affects the speed of processing and organisation of information. Dyspraxia, Epilepsy, Fragile X syndrome, Hyperlexia, Learning disabilities and Social Communication Disorder are also a range of conditions that can be related with Autism:
Have you the skills to become a therapeutic foster carer?
Foster care has seen many changes in a few short years: this means there are now even more questions for a potential applicant to reflect on. If you research into foster care, you will quickly find an important new term – the ‘therapeutic’ foster carer. What exactly is such a carer? And how much help might I get if I decide to train to become one? You’ll also probably come up against terms such as therapeutic fostering models; therapeutic fostering courses; training for therapeutic foster care and even a certificate in therapeutic fostering. The list seems to go on. The best course of action is to relax and contact one of our specialist recruiters on 020 8427 3355 – or you can call our National Line on 0330 311 2845. They will give you plenty of reassurance so you can make a better informed decision by having a better understanding of what therapeutic foster care involves.
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8,000 new foster care homes needed in the UK in 2018
29th May, 2018
The leading charity, the Fostering Network, has announced that more than 8,000 new foster families are needed this year to make sure; as they put it – “all fostered children can be found the right foster home first time”. The need is particularly urgent with regard to placing siblings and teenagers.
These latest figures, published on the first day of the charity’s ‘Foster Care Fortnight’ indicate that 6,800 foster families are (more)