One girl and her cat’s mission to raise awareness of autism


Nurse Plus Support Plus is aiming to educate members of the public about the services on offer for individuals with autism and additional needs following the national Autism Awareness Week campaign.


The nationwide company has acquired the help of an inspiring individual to assist the Support Plus team in reviewing the training and processes on offer for staff, ensuring that they are making a positive impact to people they support.


After being diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome three years ago, Kylie Turner quickly became aware of the huge stigma that came with it. Having been denied certain opportunities because of her condition, Kylie felt that the misconceptions surrounding autism needed addressing and so she got involved with Nurse Plus to improve communication processes.


Kylie has a little helper to accompany her in to the Nurse Plus office, in the form of her loyal pet cat Arthur. Animals have been shown to help reduce stress, anxiety and depression and are commonly used in therapy to increase self-esteem and improve social skills.


Kylie, comments: “When I was first diagnosed the way that people interacted with me changed dramatically and it both shocked and saddened me. Autism doesn’t make anyone less of a person and nobody deserves to be treated differently.


“I would really like to see an improved understanding of autism, especially for those working within health and social care. It is my hope that raising awareness will allow more people to be able to get the help and understanding that they so desperately need.”


Kylie has put together a user-friendly information pack for the individuals that Nurse Plus support, so that they can receive the help and understanding they need, as well as providing advice on the complexities of autism and opportunities on offer.


Jo Pattison, manager of Nurse Plus’ bespoke Support Plus service, said: “We are always looking at ways to improve and develop here at Nurse Plus and so it’s great that we have people like Kylie and her furry friend Arthur supporting the awareness campaign and aiding us in making our services more adaptable to individuals with autism.”


Nurse Plus launched their Support Plus service, based in Bournemouth, in January of this year. The service provides individual help to those in need of 24 hour care at home, or who wish to participate more in social opportunities, local activities or work and education settings where additional support may be required.


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