About Aspiedent CIC
Established by Dr. Elizabeth Guest (BSc, PhD, PGCHE) in 2014, Aspiedent has been dedicated to making a positive difference in the school, workplace and in the world. Dr. Guest, who herself has autism, dyslexia, and (very likely) ADHD, brings a deep understanding of the potential challenges faced by people with these conditions.
Aspiedent started with the aim of helping autistic people and in particular helping autistic people obtain and stay in employment.
This quickly involved research into the diversity of autism and the building of a framework to describe the breadth of autism and within this, to describe the particular version of autism of an autistic individual. This was called the ‘Autism Profiling Framework’.
However, it became apparent that this framework had much wider application than autism. In fact, it was discovered that autism is so broad that a framework that describes the breadth of autism actually describes the cognitive diversity of the whole of humanity. Conditions like ADHD, Dyspraxia and Dyslexia easily fit into this framework as well.
This framework, now called the Integrative Cognitive Profiling Framework so that it is not tied to any disability, or indeed disabity at all, has four key features which distinguish it from other profiling products:
- It addresses the underlying issues behind the surface level symptoms experienced by individuals with one or more of autism, ADHD, dyspraxia, and related conditions.
- It identifies and describes how the various facets of an individual interact with each other. Sometimes the interactions produces weaknesses; sometimes they produce strengths and occasionally excellence.
- Each profile is unique to the individual. Nobody is placed into a category.
- It can be adapted to enable better understanding and appreciation of ‘normal’ cognitive diversity within a workplace. This aids communication and group problem solving.
This unique approach allows us to provide effective help and support for individuals with one or more of autism, ADHD, dyspraxia, dyslexia and related conditions, via understanding the ‘WHY’ behind their symptoms. Once we can understand the ‘why’ we can offer a range of recommendations to help breakdown any barriers between the individual and their environment, be that the workplace, education, and/or their family. This framework builds bridges between cognitively diverse people and organisations.
Through Aspiedent’s innovative Integrative Cognitive Profiling Framework, individuals gain a deeper understanding of themselves and develop practical strategies to reduce anxiety, navigate transitions, improve interpersonal understanding, and find opportunities for personal and professional growth.
In addition to working directly with individuals with autism, ADHD, dyspraxia, and related conditions, Aspiedent also coaches teachers and employers, empowering them to create supportive environments in educational and workplace settings.
By embracing cognitive diversity and learning how to effectively support individuals with different ‘autisms’ and related conditions, organisations can derive maximum benefit by recruiting and retaining talented individuals with diverse strengths.
Whether you are an employee with autism, dyspraxia, ADHD, an employer seeking guidance on managing cognitive diversity in the workplace, or a parent seeking to help your child, Aspiedent is here to help. Our workplace assessments, Integrative Cognitive Profiles, and tailored training can improve:
- profitability, productivity, and the overall working experience
- the experience of being employed, along with continued employment
- access to education
- family life
At Aspiedent, all training and services are autism-led, drawing on the pioneering research and experience of Dr. Elizabeth Guest. We offer training and provide personalised one-to-one support for individuals, children and a wide range of organisations.
Join us in our commitment to creating inclusive schools, services, and workplaces and empowering people with autism, ADHD, dyspraxia and related conditions to lead happier, and more fulfilling lives and careers.