Optimising potential when you are autistic /have a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Condition / Asperger’s Syndrome

Delivered by our Specialist Occupational Therapist

Many individuals who suspect, self-identify or have a diagnosis of autism, find that commonly described challenges and traits fit with their life time experiences. Whilst being neurodiverse results in a unique set of strengths and skills, many aspects of everyday life can be challenging. This results in increased levels of experienced stress, mental health difficulties and relationship issues.

If there are aspects of everyday life that you are struggling with, our Specialist Occupational Therapist (OT), Lisa Paxman can work collaboratively with you to better understand your unique strengths and challenges. This is with the aim of empowering and coaching you towards achieving your potential through a neurodiversity-affirmative approach.

The initial appointment(s) with our Occupational Therapist (OT) aim(s) to:

  • Identify strengths (what makes events or activities successful for you)
  • Develop an understanding of why some things are challenging (use of Occupational Self-Assessment (OSA) to support)
  • Identify and understand sensory differences, preferences, and the links to everyday life, through use of specific assessment tools and questionnaires
  • Support you to determine your goals and develop a bespoke plan to attain these

Programme content outline:

  • Based on challenges commonly faced by autistic individuals
  • Provides information on how OT can help (skill development/practical strategies)
  • To be personalised from the topic ideas and identified plan

Topic 1 – Understanding how you process sensory information (for further information see Sensory Integration Therapy – The St Andrews Practice  …..)

  • Your sensory profile
  • Understanding the sensory systems
  • Sensory strategies

Topic 2 – Relationships

  • Strengths you bring to relationships
  • Challenges
  • Masking in social situations and relationships
  • Strategies to help
  • Disclosure: explaining your strengths and challenges

Topic 3 – Social skills

  • Strengths and challenges in your individual profile
  • Making sense of implicit ‘rules’  of social interaction
  • Conversational skills

Topic 4 – Stress and anxiety

  • Knowing your stressors
  • Preparing for demanding situations/activities
  • Coping strategies

Topic 5 – Personal Management

  • Balancing the demands of your day
  • Organising your day and week

Topic 6 – Emotional toolkit

  • Energy banking
  • Key strategies to manage your emotions and energy

Please note, there is free post diagnostic support available if you are resident in Scotland, which you may wish to explore as an alternative or in addition to the following tailored approach. You can find this by clicking the following link : https://www.autisminitiatives.org/differentminds

Link to our national online service:

Adult Autism Assessments