Robert started receiving support from us two years ago. At the time he was transitioning to adult services from a specialist residential college. Due to learning disability and autism with associated communication and behavioral needs his Social Worker and family had been struggling to find an appropriate place for him to live. They were quite rightly reluctant to look at residential facilities and wanted him to have his own flat.
Following assessment we helped Robert move into his own flat and worked alongside him and his family to furnish this to meet his requirements. We provide a minimum of 24hr 1:1 support for Robert and his support plans are regularly reviewed by our Positive Behavioural Support worker and Clinical Nurse Specialist.
It took Robert as little while to adapt to living in his own place and whilst he was settling in he required additional support when he felt anxious and needed help to communicate his needs more appropriately. There were a number of hiccups and incidents at first but we helped all concerned view these as learning opportunities and bumps along the road in relation to Roberts journey to greater independence.
He has now settled and is very active in the local community being out and about most days. Robert still needs staff support at all time to ensure his safety and independence but seems really happy living where he is. His family have fed back that his current placement has exceeded his expectations.
Natasha’s Social Worker referred her to us due to the breakdown of her then current residential placement. She has mild learning disabilities, autism and ADHD. An articulate and independent
young woman, Natasha was in constant conflict with an inflexible system that was actually reinforcing a number of unhelpful behaviours and preventing her developing appropriate coping strategies.
We helped Natasha move into a one bedroom flat and provided 24hr access to support staff and 1:1 input at times of stress. This support included specialist input from our Clinical Nurse Specialist and behavioural workers.
Initially things were tough for Natasha and us. She would often direct her anger and frustration at support staff and break things within her flat and around the tenancy complex. However, as trust was built and coping strategies developed alongside Natasha the frequency of these occurrences decreased.
There are still times when Natasha feels angry and stressed, requiring a great deal of support but this doesn’t happen as often and she spends her time engaged in a number of activities and pursuits that interest her. At the moment she is looking at employment opportunities.