Mentoring Corps: One person to talk to can be enough

26. Feb 2021

Strategies for everyday challenges

Helping people with autism become more aware of everyday challenges and come up with strategies to overcome them is a hallmark of the work of the Specialists’ mentors.

These challenges can range from difficulty concentrating during meetings at work, to questions about exercise, love life, lack of inspiration for cooking and trouble falling asleep.

The mentor doesn’t do the work for the mentee, but helps create the framework that makes it easier for the mentee to create the change that matters to their wellbeing in everyday life.

One person to talk to can be enough

Specialist volunteer mentors come from a variety of ages and backgrounds. Some have a family history of autism, others are studying psychology or education. Some are very interested in IT and others just want to help other people.

Knowing the mentee and mentor, they are matched based on interests and chemistry.

According to Joachim, the mentee, in some situations it can be beneficial to have someone to talk to, even if they don’t understand the technical language you’re talking about.

“For example, when you’re programming, it can be good to talk to someone who doesn’t need to know anything about programming. Just having someone to talk to, so you can express your thoughts and ideas, can mean that suddenly some pieces fall into place and you can solve a task.”