Services we offer...
Am I / could I be an Aspie? (Short hand for "individual with Asperger Syndrome):
General information and advice pre- and post-diagnosis for yourself, your partner, family, friends etc.
Advice regarding employment:
Preparing for interviews
Personal grooming and appropriate behavior
Constructing a CV
How to create a good first (and lasting) impression
Which questions are OK and which are not -- and how to cope
Settling into the job, use of mentor services, special needs to cover sensory issues
Disclosure of your diagnosis or not?
Learning the job and keeping focused
Social relations on the job and keeping a balance in your life
Check-ins with your mentor and your employer. Adults on the spectrum often require a mentor who will keep in touch with their workplace in order to preserve their ability to do the job and "stickability". Employers and colleagues also need to have reviews of their knowledge of ASD and the reason for some of the requirements their new colleague has in order to be able to function productively. It is often best for us to contact your prospective employer before you start work. We are in favour of full disclosure of your diagnosis as then proper accommodations can be arranged to support you in your work.
Living as an Aspie: Life skills, social interactions, accessing benefits etc.
We will support you at interviews and meetings if you require it.
Co-working with your regular therapist is another possibility. Often counselling/psychotherapy doesn't quite do the job if a diagnosis or possible diagnosis of AS is appropriate but not made. We can sit in on your sessions and coach both you and your therapist to take your diagnosis into account in adjusting the therapeutic process.
Working with your Career Guidance or Disability Resource person in order to plan for "best fit" education and job aspirations. A diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome must be taken into account when deciding on educational, career and life planning for maximum success.
We are happy to address interested groups on our favorite subject- please email us with an indication of how much time you would like us to speak for, plus date(s), venue and time of day you would prefer. (Use our Contact form)
All our work carries a guarantee of absolute confidentiality unless you authorise otherwise.
Screening for Irlen (Scotopic Sensitivity) Syndrome
People who have difficulty with reading and bright light in many situations may be suffering from Scotopic Sensitivity, which means that very bright light interferes with the way the brain interprets what the eyes are perceiving. Typically, sufferers will find print is very unstable on the page and that, sometimes, the text divides itself into meaningless shapes.
Irlen lenses properly prescribed will correct the problem fantastically! For a useful demonstration of how Scotopic Sensitivity may affect vision, please visit www.irlen.com.
Leith can conduct a screening session which will determine whether Scotopic Sensitivity is the likely problem, and will then make a referral to the appropriate Optometrist for further examination and the selecting of the most appropriate tint/s for the spectacle lenses.
The cost of this session, which will take about an hour, is $70.50.
Please ring 03 337 6 337 for an appointment.
When we apply to philanthropic organisations for funding, we must show that we are raising some money by membership subscriptions and donations .
Aspiehelp consultations are not conditional on a fee being paid, however, we have no funding to cover our services at present, and virtually all of our costs come from our own pockets. If you can afford $75.00 for a consultation, it will be greatly appreciated. If not, a donation, however small, which is comfortable for you to offer, will also be appreciated!
Public speaking will be charged for at the rate of $125.00 per hour.
Cheques can be made out to the Aspire Trust or money can be direct credited to our Bank account (don't forget to add your details!) 031599 0445958 00 (Westpac)