Fostering children with autism

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Fostering children with autism

Here we set out to make available some general information that relates to certain aspects of fostering children that require a particular awareness. If your interest in fostering extends to giving additional time, and you are also confident that you can cope with the additional physical demands; you might think of fostering children with complex needs. At Rainbow fostering we provide first class support for foster carers who want to acquire the additional skills needed.

Fostering awareness: Autism and (Autism Spectrum Disorder ASD) matter
These are both general terms used to describe a group of complex brain development disorders. These disorders present with varying degrees in difficulties with verbal and nonverbal communication. One major symptom is repetitive behaviour: the most obvious signs of autism usually become noticeable when a child reaches the age of two or three. Autism is viewed as a lifelong developmental disability affecting one in one hundred people. It has a major impact on how people communicate with and relate to others. It also affects the way that they experience the world around them. People who are on the autism spectrum can also experience an under or over sensitivity affecting some of their senses – including taste, touch, light, smell, colours and even sounds.

Autism is not an uncommon condition: approximately 700,000 people in the country are on the autism spectrum. Allowing for other family members, the total number affected by autism and its consequences in some way or another stands at 2.8 million people. Autism is often thought of only in terms of the difficulties it can present. Many people report that it can also bring some benefits.
Individuals with particular cognitive strengths find that they are able to approach tasks with a great focus without interruptions in concentration.

There are 3 main areas all people with autism share: these are often referred to as the ‘triad of impairments’. These areas are –

• difficulty with social communication
difficulty with social imagination
difficulty with social interaction

Autism is known as a spectrum condition. When people have the condition, they may have some very precise needs to be met. Autistic people can be independent; others may need to rely upon specialist support for all their lives. If you are fostering with Rainbow – as providers of independent foster care services – we can provide high quality training, as well as support around the management of autism.

Asperger’s syndrome is another form of autism: it can also cause communication difficulties – as well as emotional problems. People with Asperger’s syndrome may have fewer difficulties with speaking and, as a group, are less likely to have a learning disability.

Currently there is no cure for autism, but there are certain interventions that can be made to facilitate learning and development. If you are fostering young people with autism, it is important to be aware they will need additional educational support. Therapies/approaches can include SPELL, TEACCH and counselling. In the next part of our series on autism, we shall take a closer look at some of these approaches.

If you are fostering and want more information, we would certainly recommend that you visit –

Support if you are fostering a child with autism

Fostering a child with autism

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Our fostering ‘Rewards’ bonus scheme explained.
At Rainbow we are keen to attract experienced carers: we pay a bonus of £500 if you are fostering and are in a position to refer someone to become a foster carer. Once the first placement has been made following your referral you will receive payment. If you already happen to be an approved foster carer with a long term placement, it is very easy to transfer. If you do transfer you will receive a bonus. Rainbow also provides information on a whole range of fostering issues: how long does it take to become a foster carer? We are happy to give general information on how much do private fostering agencies pay? As well as the allowance that you will be entitled to receive including the fostering allowance for disabled child.

And the good news at the end of this fostering Rainbow…more birthday congratulations to share amongst our staff, foster children and carers.

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