A-Skills is a peer support program developed with and for students with autism*. This online program is offered during semesters 1 and 2 and includes both a course page for self-paced learning and regular small group sessions with an A-Skills Mentor.
A-Skills Mentors provide an inclusive and informal space for peer-to-peer support. They offer guidance on various topics including support at USQ, time management, study techniques, self-care, disclosure, self-advocacy, and university services and processes.
For further information email Peer Learning or A-Skills.
*A-Skills is open to autistic students and those with Asperger’s. No formal diagnosis is required.
Frequently asked questions
Who runs A-Skills?
A-Skills sessions are facilitated by a current USQ student who is Autistic.
How was A-Skills Developed?
A-Skills was initially developed by Student Success and Wellbeing in partnership with some of our students who have autism.
Do you need a diagnosis?
No, you don’t need a formal diagnosis.
Who will know if I participate in A-Skills?
The A-Skills group is private and only students who are part of the group and the Coordinator (Peer Learning) will know you are involved. The A-Skills Mentor takes attendance at sessions which is submitted to the Coordinator (Peer Learning). The data is then de-identified and only used as part of reporting on the participation numbers and reach of all the peer mentoring programs at USQ.
I know how to study, is there something like a social group to meet with other students?
While the sessions are designed to support learning, there are opportunities each session for students to get to know each other a bit more. The informal sessions also give students the opportunity to share their successes and difficulties with study to seek support from each other. Students are encouraged to support each other through these study difficulties by sharing strategies and tips that work for them.