Optimising potential in the workplace, for individuals with neurodiversity

Delivered by Specialist Occupational Therapist – Certified Disability Management Professional

Many neurodiverse individuals (from those with traits /sensory processing issues, through to those formally diagnosed with ADHD or ASC) find their working life and career to be significantly impacted by the challenging aspects of neurodiversity. This increases, in turn, work related stress, mental health difficulties and relationship issues, as well as directly impacting on workplace performance.

If this is something which you struggle with, our Specialist Occupational Therapist (OT), Lisa Paxman can work collaboratively with you to better understand your unique workplace challenges and empower and coach you towards achieving your potential taking a neurodiversity-affirmative approach.

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

  • Identify your personal and work-related strengths and challenges, through use of specific assessment tools and questionnaires
  • Support you to determine work related goals and develop a bespoke plan to attain these

Programme content outline:

  • Based on common challenges experienced in the workplace
  • Provides information on how OT can help you (advice on workplace adjustments, practical skills development, and strategies to manage workplace demands)
  • To be personalised from topic ideas and identified plan

Topic 1 – sensory differences in the workplace:

  • Your sensory profile – understanding sensory differences
  • How the workplace environment supports and challenges
  • Environmental adjustments
  • Personal strategies

Topic 2 – Employment law

  • The Equality Act (2010)
  • Reasonable adjustments: what this means and limitations

Topic 3 – Workplace support

  • Environmental adjustments
  • Artificial intelligence and software
  • Work tasks – adjustments; matching with strengths and getting through the challenges
  • Supports in the workplace; supporting and advice for managers

Topic 4 – Personal adjustments (coaching)

  • Managing executive function related challenges (e.g., planning, organisation, sequencing, memory)
  • Practical tools and strategies
  • Testing identified changes, using reflection to identify adjustments  

If you have a long-term health condition (including a diagnosis of ADHD or ASC) you may be able to access a grant through the Access to Work scheme to help you or your employer (excludes civil servants) to cover related costs for workplace support/adjustments. You can apply through self-referral via the following link: https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work.