How to be a great personal assistant for someone with autism

SCIE Social Care Online
Skills for Health
Publication date:
01 January 2015


This short guide offers advice for people working as a personal assistant for someone with autism. It gives examples of common differences autism could make to the usual working relationship between personal assistants (PAs) and individual employers, including difficulties with social communication, social interaction, and sensory differences. It also explains the traits that make a good PA for someone with autism, provides examples of the best and worst attitudes, knowledge and actions workers might have or do. The guide has been co-produced by people with autism, their carers, families, and health and social care professionals.