Autism in the workplace: quiz

Life-long learning and continuing professional development (CPD) are the processes by which professionals, such as nurses, develop and improve their practice.

There are many ways to address your CPD: formally, by attending courses, study days and workshops; or informally, through private study and reflection.

Reading articles in professional journals is a good way of keeping up to date with what is going on in the field of practice, but reflecting on what you have learned from the articles is not always easy.

These questions are designed to help you identify what you have learned from studying the article. They will also help you to clarify what you can apply in practice, what you did not understand, and what you need to explore further.

1 In which film does Dustin Hoffman portray a character on the autistic spectrum?

a) Last Chance Harvey

b) The Graduate

c) Rainman

d) Perfume

2 What are the three characteristics of the autistic spectrum?

a) Learning difficulties, social communication, mind theory

b) Social communication, social interaction, mind theory

c) Learning difficulties, social interaction, mind theory

d) Social communication, social interaction, learning difficulties

3 What percentage of adults with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have full-time paid jobs?

a) 6%

b) 12%

c) 25%

d) 40%

4 Which of the following is NOT an inherent weakness for those with an ASD?

a) Need for a routine

b) Long periods of sickness absence for minor ailments

c) Punctuality

d) Sticks to health and safety rules

5 Which politician helped the Autism Centre?

a) David Cameron

b) David Davis

c) David Blunkett

d) David Steel

6 What is the estimated annual spending power of disabled people and their families?

a) £450

b) £4,500

c) £45m

d) £45bn

7 What time management problems did Leigh encounter?

a) He was always late for work

b) He only managed planned and organised tasks

c) He had more work than he could cope with

d) His tea and lunch breaks were too long

8 What did Leigh use to tell his work colleagues how he was feeling?

a) Traffic light cards

b) Hand signals

c) Phone calls

d) Text messages

9 How often was Leigh seen by OH during his phased return to work?

a) Daily

b) Weekly

c) Twice weekly

d) Monthly

10 How long was Leigh’s rehabilitation period?

a) Three weeks

b) Four weeks

c) Three months

d) Four months

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