Life Skills Course – Independent Living & Self-management Skills

Living and Self Management Skills

Group sessions are based around discussions and activities designed to empower students to use their own knowledge and discover answers for themselves. In a relaxed and nurturing environment, students are encouraged to contribute as little or as much as they feel able to. 

There will be a maximum of 5 students in the group. Each session is three hours split into three sections with two short breaks. This 10-session course runs over 20 weeks, meeting every other week.

Every student on the Life Skills course is offered ten one-to-one’s sessions. These sessions are optional and need to be driven by the student’s desires such as identifying anxiety triggers, dealing with conflict, relationships, and role playing conversations.

This course focuses on independent living and self-management skills. Topics include managing stress, organisational skills, household management, managing finances, staying safe, using public transport, and health and well-being.

For more detailed information on sessions in this course please download our information leaflet. If you have any questions, please email

About our Life Skills courses 

Reviews from two students who have completed our Life Skills course

To truly understand someone on the Autistic spectrum, I would ask you first to walk in our shoes, just for a moment, and try to understand us. I want you to know that it is not easy, to be ‘different’ in a world that values conformity, the grey zone between black and white. I want you to know that it takes us – my community – so much longer to get anywhere, to accomplish anything, due to prejudice, barriers, and generally ableist attitudes and biases. We are born double jumping two hoops to get to the same level as anyone else without our challenges. We are made to feel we are too much or too little, too stupid or too intense – when the truth is somewhere in the middle. Support is often lacking, especially if you are apparently only a little bit Autistic – and you have to live in the right area to get anywhere.

My diagnosis is Asperger’s Syndrome – because I was diagnosed the year it stopped being a diagnosis. However, this was because my assessor thought I would not get anywhere without it – but it does lead to unreasonable expectations being put on me. Prior to Assert, I was often turned away for support – because I wasn’t “bad enough”, “Autistic enough”. CAMHS gave me no support after diagnosis. I had to learn, solo. Which is impossible – and opens up your vulnerabilities.

To find Julia was the ‘eureka’ moment – and I could not believe my luck. Why? Here is someone who gets it! Who allows you to ask awkward, crazy, outlandish questions! Here is someone who takes time, makes time – and will always put you first. No one has done that for me before. And it should not be remarkable – but it is, due to the state of support services. As a former Autistic trainer, I have seen what good care can do – and it is transformative. And she allowed me to fly at my own pace, my own time.”

– L.W.

“Over the last 12 months, all the help and support I have received from my therapist led to my diagnosis and finding supports with Assert, which I am very grateful for. But I must say, I found a single session with Julia to help my mental state more than all the conversations with my therapist combined. It has been very helpful and is often the only positive event in my weeks.

I am a reserved person who generally dislikes social engagements, particularly this year, there are weeks I don’t speak to avoid people. If my sessions weren’t online, there is a good chance I wouldn’t have received the help or even attended some sessions. Not to mention time keeping as well. I require a few things to be in order prior to getting myself ready and presentable to avoid additional stress. One thing going wrong can start a domino effect on anxiety. There are days when I simply can not go outside, sometime not even leave my bed, on these days I would never have attended a session no matter how good I found them. But being over Skype, I found myself able to attend sessions I otherwise could not.

One-to-one support is almost necessary for me, there is no way I would have opened up and come to the same epiphanies in the regular group session as I’d be too self conscious and focused on others. So having Skype sessions due to Covid I think has worked in my favor and would recommend having them as an option always available in the future.

Based on my experience with Julia Martinez, I rate the service 10/10.”

– G.H.