Ross, who lives at Sonnet Court – one of our supported living properties, enjoys studying independent living skills at Totton College and has attended the college for around two years. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, classes have been cancelled. As Ross is autistic, it is important that his normal routine of studying is maintained as much as possible. This is because changes in routine are very difficult for Ross to understand. Staff at Sonnet Court have worked together with Ross and the college to ensure he can continue his studies at home.
Adapting to a new way of studying
In order to keep his studies going at home, Ross has done a range of things that have been included in his college work.
- He has made changes to his morning routine, to incorporate more independent living skills.
- His staff have made a checklist for him and dedicated time in the morning to support him to do this.
- He has also done book studies and interviews with families over Skype. Using Skype has taught Ross another way of communicating with his family.
Support from Totton College
The college has provided work through the post for Ross to complete and his staff have weekly check-ins with his teachers to discuss how well Ross is doing and if any extra support is required.
Totton College are being very supportive throughout this experience, even posting on their Facebook page, praising Ross and his achievements. “We are so proud of Skills for Life learner, Ross. He has adapted so well to his new routine, and has been doing cooking, circus class, yoga, gardening, exercise classes, arts and crats and has even taken part in a marathon! All have been organised by the team at Voyage Care. Mum and support workers at Sonnet Court are so impressed with his independent living skills, doing washing, cleaning and cooking. A huge well done to Ross from the team at Totton College.”
Incorporating independent living skills into daily life
Ross’s experience studying from home has helped him learn new communication skills and increased connections with family members, this has been beneficial for their relationship.
Ross has also gained more independent living skills, ensuring he can lead a fulfilled and independent lifestyle, achieving his goals. He has even received a certificate from the college for his incredible achievements while studying from home. The experience of studying from home will certainly help Ross in the future.
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