Living and Learning Well with Autism – Online Introduction to the group
What will happen in the session?
The online session is an opportunity for you to learn more about the group and to meet current students who attend the group and the group facilitator Abbie Tolland, (Clinical Psychologist who works for the Student Wellbeing Service). The session will be an opportunity for you to learn more about the group and how it has been helpful for students during their degree. We will also talk about common worries about the group and what we do to try and help with them. You can also ask any questions you may have about the group.
Do I have to have my camera or talk during the session?
No, you can choose whether to have your camera on or off, the important thing is what is most comfortable for you.
There is no expectation about asking questions or joining in discussions, we will not ask anyone a direct question. It is absolutely fine to sit and listen. If you would like to ask a question or make a comment but do not feel comfortable asking it in front of other people, we will have the chat function on and you are welcome to use that throughout the session. We will use the chat function and answer questions from it.
About the group
The group is open to all autistic students at the University of Portsmouth. You do not need a formal diagnosis.
The group meets every Wednesday during term time at 1:00pm – 2:00pm. The topics that the group covers are decided on by the students and in past years have included anxiety, emotion regulation, group work, relationships and sensory processing. There is also a closed invite only Facebook group which students can join too and is linked to the group.