- • Children with autism spectrum disorders (aged 7–18 years) were interviewed about their experience of living at home and in short term care.
- • Parents and caregivers were also interviewed and, when the child had little or no speech, he or she was observed in both settings.
- • Pictures and schedules were used to prompt the children but using them, or allowing parents to interrupt, sometimes made it difficult to be sure that the children’s views were completely their own.
- • It was also important to use questions that meant something to the children.
- • The children were generally happy with their life at home. Those who went for short-term breaks liked some activities and individuals, but some did not like the noise and the rules.