Searching for the right information can be overwhelming. We provide an information service that allows you to speak to an understanding member of staff and receive tailored information to help you with your query.
Some examples of topics discussed include;
The characteristics of Asperger Syndrome
Many people call the information line if they have concerns over a family member or friend. They may have noticed some characteristics of Autism or Asperger Syndrome in this person and want to discuss this with a staff member. Having this discussion can put things into perspective and provide the caller with a plan to move forward.
The assessment process
Many people calling are unsure how to get an assessment for Asperger Syndrome and the differences of going publicly versus privately. Long waiting times can be very disheartening for people trying to access supports. Many people are also unaware of who provides assessments and whether schools will accept diagnoses.
The information line receives calls from family members applying for supports for their children and adults calling who are applying for supports themselves. The application process for these allowances can often cause confusion. Aspire can provide clarification on what information to provide and how best to describe the difficulties of having Asperger Syndrome.
Supports in school, like a Special Needs Assistant can be hugely beneficial for children. Other educational supports, like additional time during exams and the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE Scheme) are other supports put in place for young people with disabilities. These can all be discussed on the information line.
Independent living skills
People with Asperger Syndrome can have difficulty with everyday tasks like cooking, cleaning and organisation. Many people call to get advice on how best to help their family member or friend to keep organised or to learn new skills, like cooking. The Aspire team have a wealth of tips and tricks to help support people with Asperger Syndrome develop these skills.
One of the biggest topics of conversation on the information line is sensory issues. This can affect people with Asperger Syndrome on a daily basis and make everyday tasks more difficult. For example, attending school or going grocery shopping can be overwhelming for some people with sensory sensitivities. The Aspire team can help point you in the direction of professional supports, with tips on preventing overload and help you identify coping strategies.
Social isolation and social outlets
Social isolation can be very common for people with Asperger Syndrome. This can be due to anxiety, sensory sensitivities or a lack of awareness of services available. Many people call to seek social opportunities for themselves or for a family member. There are a variety of different social supports available across ireland for both adults and children with Asperger Syndrome.
Mental health difficulties
Anxiety and other mental health conditions can cause concern to family and friends of people with Asperger Syndrome. Many people get in contact to ask for a mental health professional who has experience of working with people on the spectrum.
To access this service
Call 01 8780027
We make every effort to answer as many calls as possible and respond to all queries in a timely manner.