Our autism coaching and mentoring is delivered by our top consultants and trainers. It is suitable for autistic individuals as well as those who support them.
Coaching and mentoring can be delivered online, by telephone or face-to-face.
Our coaching/mentoring sessions are now either online or by telephone. Face-to-face sessions are delivered only in exceptional circumstances if agreed with the coach/mentor.
Our autism coaches/mentors
Geoff Evans – Coach
Geoff began his career in autism over 35 years ago and gained considerable experience in working with autistic children and adults across the autism spectrum. Geoff’s extensive experience has been used by universities, the NAS, and local authorities. Geoff delivers training, coaching and mentoring to teachers, social workers and other professionals and to autistic individuals.
Kathryn Lewis – Coach
I’m a PhD student working within the School of Psychology at York St John University, researching pupils with SEN’s experiences of school transitions. I previously worked for The Retreat York, providing pre- and post-diagnostic support for adults with Autism and ADHD, as well as supporting with diagnosis for children, young people and adults. I have particular experience in supporting with learning more about the impact of autism and discussing specific individualised adjustments. This includes supporting with work or education, working on strategies to support with planning and prioritizing, organisation, and memory, and accessing social opportunities. I am passionate about building strong relationships with clients and focusing on individual preferences and goals.
Manar Matusiak – Coach
Manar has over 20 years’ experience at director level in the specialist care and education sector. She currently leads a team helping autistic people find support and services and delivers autism training, coaching and mentoring to autistic individuals and those with other neuro-diverse conditions. She also coaches managers in how best to support autistic employees.
Dr Jonathan Vincent – Coach
Jonathan is a senior lecturer in the School of Education, Languages, and Psychology at York St John University. He has an international profile and has published several papers. Jonathan is an experienced trainer and has delivered interactive workshops on inclusive recruitment to professionals from health, education, banking, and government departments. For the best part of the last decade he has worked with autistic university students and graduates, with a particular focus on transitions and employment.
I have an MSc in Occupational Psychology, BSc in Psychology, coaching experience, and a 30 year-plus career as a Programme, Project and Change Manager with the Civil Service and charitable sector, in the UK and abroad. I also have a diagnosis of high-functioning autism, which I received late in life. This was a surprise, a relief and a eureka moment for me. Suddenly I had the clarity that had been missing, a strong sense of self that had been elusive and a deeper understanding of the challenges that I had faced over the years. I am pleased these lived experiences, alongside my professional training, provide me with the opportunity to support and coach others, who may be facing daily challenges of their own, and who need help to navigate life and find solutions that work for them.
After 21 years of feeling out of place and at odds with the world around me, I was diagnosed autistic in October 2016. What followed was a period of self discovery and, now, self advocacy. I have been part of various teams involved in autistic research as an autistic voice, and I recognise how invaluable it is for autistic people to form connections with other autistic people. For me, being autistic is a part of my complex identity, and intersection of marginalised identities is something I strive to be aware of in all interactions with people. I have personal experience of the following marginalised identities: agender, autistic, disabled, LGBTQIA+, neurodivergent, nonbinary, queer, trans. Whatever hurdles you come up against; decisions you have to make; or opportunities come your way, I will do my best to make sure you feel supported, encouraged and respected.
I was diagnosed with autism at the age of 38 after spending all my life knowing I was different to most other people but having no label to attach to it and worrying whether it was due to personality defects. When I received my diagnosis, my overwhelming feeling was that of relief, but I know it can and will impact people in different ways and I am passionate in sharing my experiences and ways of coping to help others who have had a late diagnosis. Having had some mentoring sessions myself, I know how valuable just being able to speak to a fellow autistic person can be and I look forward to continuing helping the community!
Our sessions last 45 minutes.
You can book sessions online, on the telephone or face-to-face (face-to-face sessions are only offered in exceptional circumstances if agreed with the coach/mentor).
The coaches work from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm UK time. If you need coaching or mentoring outside those times you need to agree it directly with the coach/mentor once we have made the introduction.
How to book
To book an autism coaching and mentoring session with any one of our coaches/mentors please email firstname.lastname@example.org indicating which coach/mentor you would like to work with and times suitable to you.
How much does it cost?
Autism coaching and mentoring sessions are –
Online or telephone
£72 including VAT
£72 including VAT (venue hire is extra)
If you are interested in Autism Training please visit https://livingautism.com/autism-training/
If you need help looking for services for an individual with an autism spectrum condition, we can help. Click below for the Autism Placement Support Service.