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An evaluation of a person-centred mentoring programme for adults on the autism spectrum

Dwakins, Gemma, Milton, Damian (2016) An evaluation of a person-centred mentoring programme for adults on the autism spectrum. In: Autism Europe Congress, 16th-18th Sept 2016, Edinburgh, UK. (Unpublished) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:62759)

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Abstract

Specialist mentoring or coaching schemes for people on the autism spectrum are still rare, and research on the topic rarer still. A number of work training schemes, life-coaching and Access to work mentoring schemes have been initiated, yet have not been subject to good quality evaluations. This presentation reports on the development of a mentoring programme for adults on the autism spectrum. The programme involves the matching of twelve pairs of mentees and mentors, the latter having been given a day course on autism and mentoring designed and delivered by the project team with input from autistic adults on the project advisory group and within the team itself.

The effectiveness of the mentoring programme is to be reviewed through the use of the Personal Wellbeing Index (PWI) utilised at the beginning and the end of a six month period of one session per week, as well as through qualitative analysis of logs taken of mentoring sessions and post-programme interviews. The project also uses the ‘Salmon-Line’ technique to track progress against three goals set by the mentee within their first mentoring session.

This project is currently in progress, yet the project team would seek to present the results from the study at the Autism Europe congress.This presentation would seek to share findings from the project regarding mentee progress, as well a reflection regarding what to include in training given to mentors to encourage a client-centred and effective relationship.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Uncontrolled keywords: Autism, Mentoring, PCT, Wellbeing
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Damian Milton
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2017 06:33 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:47 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/62759 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Milton, Damian: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3825-6194
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