Specialist ASC 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.

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
I have massively benefitted from the help that my mentor has offered
and she has really helped me be the best I can be during a crazy four years of uni!
Laura D - BA French & Spanish
Laura D
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
I can’t stress enough how much Specialist Mentoring had a positive impact on my university experience
Mentoring taught me so much: how to manage my time better, how to revise efficiently, and most importantly, how to cope with my anxiety on a day-to-day basis. Specialist Mentoring made my university experience a positive one, and I don’t think I would be the person I am today without it.
Sara G - MA Sports Journalism
Sarah G
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