Khalil is a person we support at 351 Maidstone Road, Kent. This is an autism specialist service offering support for people with learning disabilities and associated complex needs including autism and Asperger’s syndrome.
All About Khalil
Khalil is autistic, has cerebral palsy, and has been supported by our team at 351 Maidstone Road for around five years. He spends a lot of time listening to music and reading from the Quran. The Quran is the holy book of the Islamic faith. The information within the book is said to be the sacred word of god and Muslims read it to act upon it’s teaching in their everyday life.
He loves being outdoors too, and can often be found in the garden brushing away the leaves. The team also take him out for walks and drives in and around the community.
Going to the mosque
Because of his love for his religion, the team thought he may like to visit the local mosque. The visit wasn’t planned but the team thought it would be beneficial for Khalil to re-engage with his roots. After speaking with Khalil, together they decided to visit during the holy month of Ramadan. He was accompanied by members of the staff team who are also of the Muslim faith. Khalil felt comfortable as the team all wore the same traditional clothing when heading to the mosque.
Support worker, Callum, said “The visit went well! The mosque staff were really understanding and on hand to help. They allowed Khalil to keep his shoes on, even though in a mosque you’re supposed to take them off because of his autism, which demands structure and routine. Eventually, once he was more relaxed and settled, he did take them off, which was nice.”
“On returning to the service he was really happy and in high spirits. So much so, that on the last day of Ramadan, the team cooked a nice meal for him to celebrate which he enjoyed”.
Our staff put the needs of the individuals at the heart of everything we do and try to incorporate things that are important to them into their daily routines. Callum adds, “we do whatever we can to support Khalil, which includes ensuring he has a halal diet. In terms of the support he receives everything is sensory-based and we ensure he fulfils his sensory needs, whatever that may be”.
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