Our health and well-being is important for so many things. If we are not healthy and looking after ourselves and our support networks, what we are capable of can be limited.
When a person with a disability has poor health, it can affect them more severely and be detrimental to that persons development, recovery and capabilities in doing day to day tasks. Understanding how to best look after a person and and caring for their health comes with first hand experience, trial and error and educating yourself through reading, watching and listening to a variety of resources.
Autism, What Does It All Mean?
DSM 5 Diagnosis severity levels for autism spectrum disorder
The full-text of the diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the related diagnosis of social communication disorder (SCD), ADD and ADHD as they appear in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). psychologists and psychiatrists will be using these criteria when evaluating individuals for these developmental disorders
- Level 3
"Requiring very substantial support”
Severe deficits in verbal and nonverbal social communication skills cause severe impairments in functioning, very limited initiation of social interactions, and minimal response to social overtures from others. For example, a person with few words of intelligible speech who rarely initiates interaction and, when he or she does, makes unusual approaches to meet needs only and responds to only very direct social approaches
Inflexibility of behaviour, extreme difficulty coping with change, or other restricted/repetitive behaviours markedly interfere with functioning in all spheres. Great distress/difficulty changing focus or action.
- Level 2
"Requiring substantial support”
Marked deficits in verbal and nonverbal social communication skills; social impairments apparent even with supports in place; limited initiation of social interactions; and reduced or abnormal responses to social overtures from others. For example, a person who speaks simple sentences, whose interaction is limited to narrow special interests, and how has markedly odd nonverbal communication.
Inflexibility of behaviour, difficulty coping with change, or other restricted/repetitive behaviours appear frequently enough to be obvious to the casual observer and interfere with functioning in a variety of contexts. Distress and/or difficulty changing focus or action.
- Level 1
Without supports in place, deficits in social communication cause noticeable impairments. Difficulty initiating social interactions, and clear examples of atypical or unsuccessful response to social overtures of others. May appear to have decreased interest in social interactions. For example, a person who is able to speak in full sentences and engages in communication but whose to- and-fro conversation with others fails, and whose attempts to make friends are odd and typically unsuccessful.
Inflexibility of behavior causes significant interference with functioning in one or more contexts. Difficulty switching between activities. Problems of organization and planning hamper independence.
Further information from: https://raisingchildren.net.au/autism/learning-about-asd/assessment-diagnosis/dsm-5-asd-diagnosis
Sleep Tool Kit
Our mental health is just as important as our physical health. It is ok to not be ok. We are here to support you along with these readily available services:
Beyond Blue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live
Headspace - Townsville
Headspace is about making sure that young people in Townsville and surrounding areas have the best support, access, information and services for their health and well-being.
It's about support for general health, mental health, drug and alcohol issues, and employment and education support. With the help of its dedicated youth friendly staff of Doctors, Psychologists, Social Workers, Youth Workers, and a consortium of other helpful staff, headspace Townsville has become a popular one-stop-shop for young people (aged 12-25) seeking help or advice and their physical and mental health concerns.
Minds And Hearts
Dr Michelle Garnett is the Prinicipal Psychologist, Clinical Supervisor, Founder and Director of Minds & Hearts. She has extensive experience in autism and Asperger’s syndrome and has personally selected the team of professionals on the basis of their knowledge and skill base, but also for their personal qualities.
Professor Tony Attwood, leading expert on autism spectrum conditions, is the Chairperson of Minds & Hearts. He is also a Senior Consultant, Principal Psychologist and Supervisor with the team.
At Minds and Hearts we aim to improve and enhance the lives of people with Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism. In order to do this we provide a broad range of services to assist all individuals accessing the clinic from infanthood through to adulthood. At Minds and Hearts we aim to provide families with the most efficient, comprehensive and affordable services possible.
The Townsville Hospital and Health Service offers a range of free world-class and confidential services for women. These services are bolstered by the Mobile Women's Health Service, which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of women in rural and remote areas of Queensland.
Good Bladder-wees And Bowel-poos Habits
Good bowel habits can also help avoid bladder and bowel control issues. Here are some simple things you can do every day to keep your bladder and bowel healthy:
- drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water a day
- eat a diet high in fibre foods
- exercise about 30 minutes most days
- do your pelvic floor muscle exercises
- maintain your ideal body weight
- no smoking
- Good toilet habits –what are they?
- get help as soon as you think you have a problem or your gut just feels funny
Good toilet habits
Good toilet habits improve bladder and bowel health including:
- going to the toilet when you get the urge to do a poo
- using the correct sitting position on the toilet – support your feet with a footstool if your feet don’t reach the floor. This helps to fully relax your pelvic floor and muscles around your bottom (anus)
- avoid being constipated
- don’t go to the toilet 'just in case' – only go when you need to
- do you have a urinary tract infection (UTI) ask to your doctor or contact us
Looking After Your Pelvic Floor Muscles
The pelvic floor muscles help control your bladder and bowel. Pelvic Floor muscle
Many things can weaken your pelvic floor muscles. This is the area between your tummy and your legs and is made up of many layers of muscle and tissue. These muscles can be weaken by
- constipation, heavy lifting, ongoing coughing, being overweight, not being fit, having babies, prostrate surgery and getting older
It is very important for both men and women to keep your pelvic floor muscles strong.