Ant*, who we support in Scotland, was previously supported by another provider up until early 2016 – and since then, there has been a remarkable difference in him, thanks to the staff team at our services.
Ant* has autism and challenging behaviour and before he was under the care of our services, his daily routine wasn’t helping him. His personal hygiene levels were low, he had very little sleep, followed a poor diet and he would only participate in activities that were focused around technology, such as video games.
He needed a much more structured environment.
“When Andrew first moved into our services, he presented volatile behaviour and a lot of anxiety. He would challenge all requests asked of him and would act out by physically hitting and biting staff and throwing objects,” said Ryan, support worker.
To maintain structure and routine, a small core staff team was introduced and they worked with Ant* on his behaviour.
“The staff would attempt to reassure Ant* as well as use positive behavioural support techniques. The team also attended face to face autism training where they learned to gain a better understanding of Ant’s* anxiety – which ultimately bettered their relationship with Ant*,” added Jennie, deputy manager.
His support team also had input from the local mental health team, occupational therapy professionals, social workers and the speech and language team.
Five months on
Ant’s* routine is in much better shape. His day starts much earlier and he goes to bed at a reasonable hour; looking forward to what the next day will hold. Ant’s* activities now include arts and crafts and listening to music.
His relationship with his father is also much better – they now enjoy day trips together.
“Ant’s* happiness is contagious – he is so much more relaxed and we really enjoy supporting him. Thanks to the staff team here at our services in Scotland, Ant’s* life has greatly improved and we look forward to the future,” said Jennie.
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*This person chose to remain anonymous, therefore, we have changed some information to protect their confidentiality.