Survival Guide – Introduction

Feedback: Two-Way Empowerment

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Why Is Giving Feedback Important?

Giving honest feedback, in a non-judgmental way, is also an important part of learning. In an academic setting, teachers are encouraged to spend as long as possible giving good feedback to their students. That is because:

Feedback can improve a student's confidence, self-awareness and enthusiasm for learning.
Taken from the University of Reading information pages on Feedback

Although this quote is taken from the perspective of the teacher giving feedback to the student, the opposite is at times more valuable. That is because giving feedback:

  • Asks you to take control of your learning
  • Allows you to influence the way you receive information so that it is more relevant to you
  • Forces you to connect with the part of you that "has your best interest at heart", and therefore helps to build confidence.

From our perspective, it allows us to create the best learning environment for you, which is what matters most to us.

Survival Guide Foundations

Welcome to the introduction to the series of workshops that will help you build the skills and tools you need to survive in this "emotive world".


The emphasis of this first workshop, was both to introduce you to the topics that will be discussed, but also to set the foundations that will help you work through some of the workshops later on.


As the video emphasises, there are two main themes that run through our Survival Guide: Confidence and Communication.


These rely heavily on your capacity to know yourself: to be able to honestly and fairly look at yourself without judgment or criticism, to be able to envisage where you want to be, and, perhaps most importantly, to have the courage to ask for help when you need it.


Over the next few weeks, we will be looking at different problems that you have told us about and ways of resolving them – helping us all to cope in an emotive world.


  • Week 2 is about self-confidence – do you know how great you are? Here is a link to our worksheet that will help you to identify your own strengths see Worksheets 4 and 5, below). You might find it helpful to complete this before attending the live session on self-confidence.
  • Week 3 is about employment and includes a talk from VISA who are a major employer in our town.
  • Week 4 is about communication – we will be investigating the various digital platforms that are available and how to use them.
  • Week 5 is about relationships – why personal and professional relationships are different. In personal relationships we will be de-mystifying the ‘Me Too’ campaign. We will also have a talk about professional relationships from local employer IBIS Hotels.
  • Week 6 is a celebration event where we recognise and reward the achievements we have made. We would like you to invite your family and friends to share this event with us.

Workshop Resources and Materials

Useful Links

Living with high functioning ASD isn’t easy – but you are not alone. Here are some links to short videos from other people living with ASD that you might find helpful.

And here are some links to local support organisations that will be able to help you:

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