Training area: Asperger’s syndrome
Luke works with children who are on the Autism spectrum and gives presentations to help others understand Asperger’s syndrome.
He has been doing this for several years for people affected by the condition, including families. His friendly, humorous approach and sympathetic manner creates an engaging atmosphere.
Luke was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome when he was 8 years old. Asperger’s is an invisible disability that leads people to see, hear and feel the world differently to others.
Luke has accomplished a lot; such as getting his driver’s licence, working at a summer camp in the USA, and then travelling around USA by himself.
He has worked part-time as a tennis coach and held paid administration jobs.
Luke is a member of Hampshire Autism Voice and the Hampshire Autism Partnership Board.
Toucan Diversity gave David the opportunity to become an accredited trainer.
He has a Level 3 Award in Education and Training.
Training aims for people with Asperger’s and their families:
- Get a better understanding of Asperger’s syndrome
- Build on strengths and realise potential
- Manage anxiety and reduce stress
- See that there is a light at the end of the tunnel
Training aims for professionals:
- Understand what Asperger’s syndrome is all about.
- Empathise with someone’s condition as opposed to seeming it as a problem.
- Learn different ways of how to communicate with a person on the Autism spectrum.
- PowerPoint presentation
- group discussion