Autism in the Workplace

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    ToHealth give individuals with autism in the workplace the confidence to feel at home in any work environment.

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    AUTISM

    Increasing Confidence Through Training

    Understanding autism in the workplace, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is not always straightforward. It is widely accepted that autism is a spectrum and that it affects people in different ways. This makes the demands on accurate diagnosis and support both nuanced and critical. 

    For individuals with autism in the workplace, employment can present a complex mix of unique problems. Social interaction, an obvious demand in any organisation, can be difficult for people with autism. Interacting with others often resembles a game they cannot win, with fuzzy rules about social norms and unwritten laws of etiquette. 

    Failure to meet the norms that colleagues expect of them leads to greater feelings of anxiety and deepening isolation. Our training addresses this negative cycle of autism in the workplace and provides positive pathways for change. In partnership with our autism awareness sessions, we can improve how an organisation approaches autism in the workplace needs for the benefit of all staff.

    Features

    Coaching Confidence

    Our trainers provide coaching strategies to help individuals with autism manage anxiety, feel comfortable and develop confidence.

    Assistive Technology

    People with autism can benefit from assistive-technology applications such as “Brain in Hand” which assists organisation and reduces stress.

    Awareness Sessions

    Educate staff with our comprehensive autism awareness sessions. Provide great ideas for dealing with autism in the workplace.

    Screening Services

    Assess staff for characteristics of autism in the workplace. Obtain support unique to employee need and job role.

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    Brain In Hand

    We’ve introduced many people with autism to the benefits of using “Brain in Hand” – a cloud-based software service which helps people remember activities, mitigate stress and feel safe. It’s an excellent tool for safeguarding mental health and supporting key functions in a work environment.

    Accessed via a smartphone, individuals with autism can plan their day, implement coping strategies and access support services when and where they need it. It makes managing autism in the workplace significantly easier. 

    Working together with Brain in Hand software

    Benefits

    Facilitate Individual Growth

    Enables individuals with autism to reach their full potential in any work environment and make a material contribution to workplace success. 

    Leverage Unique Skillsets

    Facilitates the specialised insights which people with autism can provide to broaden workplace dialogue and increase decision-making options.

    Improve Workplace Dynamics

    Provides a level playing field for those employees dealing with autism in the workplace in respect to their colleagues.

    Refine Working Practices

    Improves working practices as a whole by making procedures and processes more streamlined, clearer and documented.

    FAQs

    Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), negatively affects the ability of individuals to communicate and interact with others. This is amplified in a work environment. Its effects are multi-faceted but often depend on the individual. It’s also common for it to co-exist alongside specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia.
    The key to supporting people with autism in a work environment is to provide training, guidance and technology for the individual concerned, as well as raising awareness of the nature of autism among other staff. Our service provision does both.
    An example of a positive change employers can make is providing structure to the job role. Individuals with autism often fear the unexpected. Formalising duties and task performance promotes confidence and reduces anxiety.
    Some clinicians have identified five different types of autism - Asperger’s Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Kanner’s Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder. However, understanding autism is easier if we take a more general view and remember that autism is a spectrum disorder that affects people differently.
    Although some clinicians have defined three main signs associated with autism, defining autism like this can be misleading, because those markers may not be present in all cases. A more general view is preferable. Although autism in the workplace commonly manifests itself in difficulties communicating with colleagues, understanding others and showing empathy, it’s not an all-encompassing definition. Some people with autism may show none or only some of these signs.
    Contact a ToHealth advisor on 0800 014 1982, or email admin@tohealth-pam.co.uk