We have found that coaching delivered in groups works really well as participants can learn from each other about what strategies work, and develop a support network of likeminded peers.
Groups work best when delivered to 8-12 people at a time, and can be delivered face-to-face or virtually.
We deliver a range of group interventions across our service areas but our most popular is “Memory Genius”.
Memory Genius is a series of six 3-hour sessions delivered by psychologists and experienced workplace coaches at your location of choice.
This can however be extended to nine 3-hour sessions, if the organiser would like to include the ILM Level 2 Leadership and Team Skills Award or Certificate.
The Award requires a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 12 credits.
The Certificate requires a minimum of 13 and maximum of 36 credits.
Both can be made up from a range of topics which cover:
Memory Genius works alongside other reasonable adjustments such as IT and coaching to improve independence and self reliance.
Memory Genius is a successful programme, running with Hampshire County Council, St Georges University, National Offender Management Service and more. We evaluated the Memory Genius group co-ordinated with the National Offender Management Service and found that the group improved their memory scores from an average of the 10th percentile to the 53rd percentile.
This improved working memory performance in cognitive tasks, can be interpreted that participants had learned how to deliberately use strategies to improve their memory.
What is the impact? Memory Genius courses are well attended with an average 95% retention. Our clients report:
- Improved self awareness
- Ability to use stress management techniques to concentrate
- Ability to deliberately control memory upload and download
- Improved spelling
“I am a visual thinker. When I close my eyes I can see the things I need to remember.”
“Noise really distracts me, I know I need to have quiet to remember things.”
These interventions demonstrated that addressing the root cause of cognitive factors is an effective way to improve outcomes for neurodiversity.
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