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Ross is learning independent living skills at home

Ross smiling with his achievements certificate
Ross received a certificate from his college for all of his achievements!

Ross lives at Sonnet Court – one of our supported living properties. Supported living offers an alternative to residential care and empowers the people we support to choose the right amount of support – how and when they need it – so they can lead an enriching and fulfilling life. It’s ideal for those who are looking for more independence, like Ross.

He enjoys studying his Independent Living Skills course 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.

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.

He 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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