Autistic Spectrum Conditions Service

Autistic Spectrum Conditions Service

What Support is Available?

The journey through university life can be both an exciting and confusing time for many students. It can be particularly challenging for those who have an ASC. 

The Autistic Spectrum Conditions Service team can offer support in the following areas: 

  • Making the transition from home to university
  • Navigating the University environment
  • Dealing with exams and assessments
  • The social side of University life
  • Leaving University and making the transition into the world of work

What do we offer?

  • Help with understanding an Autism/ASD diagnosis
  • Individual support sessions (for related problems &/or difficulties)
  • Transition support from school/college into university  
  • 2-Day orientation programme for new students prior to starting university
  • Training within the university to increase individual’s understand of Autism/ASD, improving support services being provided
  • Anxiety management / Stress management Anger management
  • Transition support for leaving University
  • Eureka Social Group for students with Autism/ASD (& those suspected of having).
  • Liaising with academic departments to arrange reasonable adjustments e.g. extra time in exams
  • Supporting the student setting up Disability Student Allowance (DSA) e.g. specialist autism mentor, specialist study skills support.

Note: Some students will have a Mentor assigned to them as part of their provision through Disabled Students Allowance (DSA)*. For those students their primary contact will be their Mentor, who will link with the ASC Team on their behalf. Please also note the Mentor or ASC Service does no act as a personal care support service.

*Here is a useful link for DSA information https://www.dnamatters.co.uk/resources/dsa/intro/ 

When are we available?

We are available every day during the week, excluding Wednesdays, during office hours (9:00 am - 4:00 pm). We are not available on weekends and are not available out of hours to deal with emergency situations (guidance for dealing with emergencies is detailed later on our web site). If you email us, we will respond to you as soon as possible, if we are unable to come back to you the day you make contact we aim to respond in 3 working days.   

Contact Us

We are based in the Wellbeing Service in Horton Building (number 23 on the University Campus map). There is a Wellbeing presence on a Thursday at Bay Campus, based in the MyUni Hub.

Phone 01792 295 592 (Wellbeing) and 01792 606000 (MyUniHub) or email wellbeing@swansea.ac.uk 

Autistic Spectrum Condition Practitioners

The Student Wellbeing Centre employs three Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) Practitioners whose roles are to support students who share these difficulties.

Sara Hounsell Nigel Mason Heather H
Sara Hounsell
s.a.hounsell@swansea.ac.uk  
Nigel Mason
n.s.mason@swansea.ac.uk
Heather Pickard-Hengstenberg
h.p.hengstenberg@swansea.ac.uk