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DSA Funded Support

Specialist ASD Mentoring


Optimum Student Support mentors provide support to students who have autism spectrum conditions, including Asperger’s Syndrome. This support is built around a student’s individual needs, to enable each student to reach their own full academic potential. Mentors can help students to explore how their condition affects their studies, helping to develop the most appropriate studying strategies for them as an individual. The aim is to gradually reduce the need for specialist mentoring support as the student build their own skills, so that they can fully engage in their academic life and integrate successfully into the workplace on leaving their education.

Our mentors typically assist with such things as:

  • managing change and difficult emotions
  • dealing with challenging social situations
  • developing social and communication skills
  • clarifying course expectations
  • having a healthy work/life balance
  • accessing academic support and guidance
  • managing your course requirements (e.g. speaking in seminars, giving presentations)
  • advising on quiet (low-sensory) study spaces on campus
  • any other issues that the student brings to the sessions

With student agreement, mentors will liaise in confidence with other members of staff to ensure that their academic support is well coordinated whilst they are in education.

  • We have over 20 years experience in helping students and individuals achieve their best

  • All of our staff are highly qualified and trained in their field

  • Individually tailored academic and mental health support

Success stories

  • I’m so thankful that I’ve been able to receive specialist mentoring because of the wonderful personalised support that has helped me get through university

    Some days I’ve been feeling down, but after my session I leave feeling infinitely better because it’s an outlet for whatever’s on my mind and my mentor’s warmth and enthusiasm is really uplifting.

    Cansu T, Zoology Student

  • With the help of my mentor I have done things I didn't think I'd be able to

    like present a poster at a conference, and now, I am a PhD student and the happiest I’ve ever been.

    Oliver B , Phd Student

  • When I first came to university, I was extremely anxious having never been away from home

    My mentor has been instrumental in helping me deal with various concerns by talking through them and coming up with strategies to help manage them.

    Vincent S , Phd Student, Robotics

  • I feel more in control

    With time I let myself slowly face the situations that used to paralyze me. I am now back at work and have reconnected with my friends. I started with meeting out in the open to now being able to have a drink in a bar. I feel happy and back in control.

    Mark R , Tewkesbury

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