Recognising and supporting unique ways of thinking is essential for supporting the success and well-being of autistic volunteers. Thinking preferences occur due to the unique ways autistic individuals process information, and are often related to differences in planning, organising, attention and stress-management within a volunteering role.
There are a variety of ways to support differences in processing information, with many of these involving providing additional structure to a task through additional tools and resources. With this in mind, we have focused on recommending broad strategies that you can use to support the unique ways autistic individuals process information.
- A range of broad strategies to a task or role can greatly facilitate the engagement of an autistic volunteer and accommodate a range of different ways of thinking!