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    ToHealth are committed to helping all employees achieve their potential regardless of neurological difference.

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    PEOPLE WE SUPPORT

    Supporting Everyone in Employment

    ToHealth aim to provide support for all employees who have a disability and need further assistance due to neurodiversity concerns. From workplace needs assessments through to our training sessions, we always focus on the individual needs of the employee. However, the help we provide focuses on several key approaches common to all of our support provision:

    • Completing workplace needs assessments.  
    • Providing assistive-technology software and equipment to task assist performance.
    • Training in how to use assistive software and technology.
    • Coaching to develop coping strategies and support routes.
    • Advice for developing confidence and independence.
    • Further support dependent on the nature of the neurodiversity and the needs of the employee

    The last approach is particularly important. It allows us the scope to deal with the unique features of different types of neurodiversity, and the differences between employees, on a case-by-case basis.

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    WHO WE HELP

    Autism

    Colleagues with autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), have a developmental disorder that can cause them to have difficulty in communicating with and responding to other people. It is developmental because it develops before a person reaches adulthood. 

    For some employees affected by autism, autism can co-exist with other conditions. These include: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); learning difficulties; mental health issues; Down’s Syndrome and epilepsy. This adds even more complexity to the autism spectrum and can also affect diagnosis and treatment.
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    Dyslexia

    Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty which affects how the brain processes information. It can negatively impact the ability of employees with dyslexia to read, write and organise. 

    Dyslexia occurs across the full range of intellectual abilities and is best thought of as a continuum, rather than a distinct category. Colleagues who have dyslexia are affected in different ways but inhibited language skills are a common problem area.

    Other difficulties like dyspraxia or dyscalculia often occur alongside dyslexia. This can complicate assessment, diagnosis and intervention methods.
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    Dyscalculia

    This learning difficulty concerns difficulties with numbers rather than words. Those who are affected by it are often said to lack “number sense”.

    Employees with dyscalculia often: 

    • Struggle to count.
    • Cannot recognise number symbols.
    • Have difficulty connecting numbers to a real-life situation.
    • Lack confidence in situations which require mathematical calculations.
    A previously stated, it’s common for dyscalculia to co-exist alongside other learning difficulties. Colleagues with dyscalculia often have dyslexia too.
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    Dyspraxia

    This negatively affects physical coordination in children and adults. For employees with dyspraxia, it impacts gross motor skills (big movements) and fine motor skills (small movements).

    This can involve difficulty with:

    • Movement, such as walking, running, jumping or crawling.
    • Use of hands, such as handwriting, doing up buttons on clothing, or catching a ball.
    • Keeping still.
    • Concentration, paying attention, organisation and following instructions.
    Colleagues impacted by dyspraxia, often develop their own coping strategies which can be supplemented by formal training.
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    ADHD

    ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) often occur alongside dyslexia and it can be difficult to distinguish when a reading issue is due to one or both. 

    Employees with ADHD may suffer from inattention, restlessness, unpredictability and inappropriate behaviour. Colleagues with ADD behave as if they're not paying attention, without the hyperactive characteristics.

    Both of these can impact literacy and communication skills on their own but, as stated before, often co-exist with dyslexia. It’s important to remember that it’s not just children who are impacted by the disorder. Adults with ADHD are common too.
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    OCD

    Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a neurological condition in which individuals feel threatened by obsessions which elicit mental distress. They then feel compelled to address these obsessions with compulsive behaviour. For example, some employees with OCD may have an obsessive fear of bacteria. Compulsive handwashing then follows to offset or reduce the fear of the obsession.  

    Although colleagues with OCD may realise such behaviour is illogical, they often feel powerless to stop it. It often impacts on job performance, commonly affecting concentration levels, focus and task completion times.
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    Other Conditions

    The range of conditions and barriers to performance attributable to neurodiversity is complex and extensive. From dysgraphia to Tourette’s syndrome, employees are impacted by distinct conditions in different ways. However, our experience in dealing with employees who identify with neurodiversity enables us to provide relevant support, training and coaching across a range of neurodiverse issues.

    FAQs

    Neurodiversity describes the different ways in which the brain functions in different people. Its scope includes but is not limited to: autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADHD, Asperger’s and OCD.
    The best starting point for support is to accurately assess an employee’s needs. Once requirements are established, the perfect blend of equipment, training, coaching or adaptations to the work environment can be introduced. We specialise in developing support programmes and packages designed for the needs of a given employee in a given employment context.
    Yes. A range of assistive technology equipment and software has been designed especially for the neurodiverse user. A good example is “Brain in Hand”. This smartphone app helps employees with autism manage their anxiety, plan their schedules and get “on demand” support. Texthelp “Read&Write” is a very commonly used application for helping employees with dyslexia improve their literacy comprehension and language skills. Other applications dedicated to managing specific conditions are also available.
    Our assessments can diagnose dyslexia and similar learning challenges including dyspraxia. However, you do not need a diagnostic assessment to establish strengths and barriers within the workplace as this can be done through our workplace needs assessments. In addition, we can also identify factors which strongly suggest a diagnosis of ADHD and autism.
    Contact a ToHealth advisor on 0800 014 1982, or email admin@tohealth-pam.co.uk