Mentoring project for young people on the autism spectrum
26 May 2015
Autism, the two-year pilot study will establish a tailored
mentoring scheme, designed with input from people on the autism spectrum and
their carers, and evaluate its effectiveness in improving the mental health and
wellbeing of a group aged 18-24.
research is being carried out by a team in LSBU's School of Law and Social
Science. Researcher Damian Milton – who was himself diagnosed with Asperger
syndrome in 2009 at the age of thirty-six – said: "There is evidence that
existing models of support for adults on the autism spectrum are not helpful,
and that one to one, goal-oriented support - akin to life coaching – will bring
more benefit to the participants.
the mentees and mentors will collaboratively come up with the goals they hope
to achieve as part of the project we hope to see a real sense of
the outcomes of the project are positive, the aim is to use the findings to
stimulate investment in further more in-depth research and development.
will consist of weekly one-hour sessions covering goals such as access to work,
learning or more general life skills. Experiences of all participants and
mentors will be logged and monitored throughout a six month period before
in-depth analysis takes place.