Why Mentoring?

Mentoring provides a time-limited, safe space where mentees can develop trusted relationships. There is increasing evidence in support of mentoring as an effective approach for working with autistic people. I have used this approach extensively in my work for many years and have seen how, within enabling environments, autistic young people are able to openly explore their own identities and increase their understanding of the world around them which, in turn increases physical and mental well-being. The mentoring approach provides autistic young people with:

  • a safe, nurturing space with a trusted mentor to explore thoughts and feelings in a person-centred, strengths-based approach
  • sensitivity and understanding of autistic perspectives and acceptance of these as real and valid
  • space to have their voices heard and feel listened to
  • understanding and self-exploration of personal well-being
  • ways to communicate and manage in social situations
  • how to take steps towards their own goals
  • resilience to manage and overcome challenges