Monday, February 4, 2013

Managing Volunteers with Autism Syndromes

Top tips when managing volunteers with ASD

  • Be supportive and understanding. Individuals with ASD often struggle to find employment and may need additional encouragement to help build their self-esteem.

  • Don't assume! Every individual is different.
    The better you understand your volunteer, the better you can involve them in the museum.

  • Be clear. Individuals with ASD may struggle with indirect or implied messages. Give instructions clearly and precisely and reinforce them with written task sheets.

  • Be clear about social rules in your workplace such as start times, dress codes, phone usage and breaks. Again, don't rely on unspoken expectations.

  • Be aware of team relationships. Some individuals with ASD may be looking to work closely with others and to build on their social skills. Others may want an opportunity to work alone.