To help autistic people adjust to their new job or workplace, job coaching can be very useful. What does this entail exactly?
Natalie De Koker: “As an autism coach, I provide mental support, when employees struggle with social contact, cooperation or communication, for example. We meet up ad-hoc or during recurring fixed appointments to discuss specific issues. I mainly act as a sounding board, helping them come up with a concrete solution, like sending an email to request a meeting. Things that seem very normal to us, are often less evident for people with autism.
In addition, I provide guidance and counselling in stress-related cases. Either the job is too stressful or employees experience difficulties at work due to a stressful home situation. Together, we look for methods to manage their time more efficiently, as well as possible ways to relax. It’s important to point out the importance of self-care, so they don't completely lose themselves in a job.”