Integrative Cognitive Profiling Framework

 Illustration of a row of reports on a brain profile, with the middle one being inspected closer with a magnifying glass, with cogs surrounding the profiles to signify cognitive diversity.

What do we do differently?

Aspiedent’s Integrative Cognitive Profiling Framework has been researched and developed by Dr Elizabeth Guest and is the keystone of how Aspiedent works.

This Framework was designed as a complex, dynamic and innovative way to support an inclusive approach to autism and cognitive diversity which focuses on underlying issues rather than just the typical approach of identifying symptoms.

Similar symptoms can be caused by different underlying issues and this often leads to ineffective recommended reasonable adjustments. Our framework is designed to look for ‘WHY’ the difficulty is occurring so that reasonable adjustments are tailored to the specific issues of an individual.

During an assessment a vast amount of data will be explored to develop an understanding of the individual. The information sought during the assessment includes but isn't limited to identifying sensory issues and preferences, thinking and learning preferences and styles, interest and focus and processing issues. The aim will be to not only identify the key underlying issues, but also how they interact, how the individual has adapted to these issues and how they can interact with developing strengths as well as challenges. People are often surprised that we are just as interested in what they are good at as with what they struggle with. This is vital for building a complete picture of the person.

Diagram showing a box in the centre saying 'Drive to connect, drive to fit in'. The box then has 4 boxes pointing inwards to this centre box. The one box says 'Thinking and learning', the second says 'Interest/focus', the third says 'processing issues' and the fourth box says 'sensory issues'.
This diagram gives an indication as to how the integrative cognitive profiling framework works. You start with a set of symptoms, which in this diagram is the drive to connect and fit in. Lots of questions are asked to get to the root of what is going on, which normally falls into one or more of the outside categories. The report explains how elements of these categories contribute to the surface symptoms individually and how interactions between these categories also contribute.

A key part of a profile is also to explain how individual categories and interactions between categories create strengths. An integrative cognitive profile joins all 'the dots' to create a complex network of interactions to describe the complexity of an individual.

Through understanding a person as a complete cognitive individual, you can be significantly more targeted and effective in implementing strategies and adjustments.

Our great strength at Aspiedent is our ability to take on complex challenges, but this does not mean we want to "fix" people to be able to fit in. Our goal is rather to help the environment to accommodate while recognising that generally there is a need to meet half way and the employee has to do their part.

Aspects of the integrative cognitive profiling tool can be adapted for use more generally in the workplace so that the workplace becomes more accommodating for all employees while recognising that it is not possible to accommodate everything. The aim is to make it easier for employees to do their part to fit in.
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A row of heads coloured with various gradients with cogs on their foreheads.


The Integrative Cognitive Profiling Framework has many applications. We list some below: