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.