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Helping Families – Case Studies

 

daniel-afterDaniel is a 10 year old boy with autism. He goes to a special needs school.  Daniel loves sensory play such as play-dough and enjoys looking at photographs, playing on an iPad, and his favourite film ‘The Lion King’. Daniel’s family asked for help with expanding his diet so that he didn’t eat the same thing every day and so he could eat some hot meals.  After 8 months of weekly visits and then one visit every few weeks for the next 4 months from our project worker Pete, Daniel’s diet became much more varied and the family could independently introduce new foods.  To find out more about how we did this click here.

 

 

william-dentistWilliam is an 11 year old boy who has a diagnosis of autism and global development delay. He attends a special needs school.  He particularly enjoys watching his DVDs, and especially loves a selection of different story books.  William is also motivated by music and singing, and by his favourite foods such as crisps and breadsticks.  William couldn’t get his hair cut or visit the dentist as he wouldn’t sit still and his behaviour would become challenging.  After several months of weekly visits from our project worker Callum, William was able to attend dental check-ups and hair appointments.  To find out more about how we did this click here.

 

psEvie is 10 years old and has a diagnosis of autism. She attends a special needs school. She really likes girly stuff, enjoys fashion games and make up games on the iPad, likes to play with dolls and particularly enjoys watching videos of Disney characters.  Problems came up when Evie suddenly started to refuse to walk down a certain section of Princes Street. After 3 sessions over one month with our senior project worker Kate, Evie was able to walk down Princes Street again without any problems.  To find out more about how we did this click here.

 

 

now-and-next-nicolaNicola is a 5 year old girl with a diagnosis of autism and Down syndrome. She attends a special needs school. Her favourite activities include watching YouTube videos on her iPad, inset puzzles, posting games, as well as cuddles and tickles from mum and dad. Nicola is very short sighted and struggles with motor skills.  She requires adult support with all areas of daily life. Our Project Worker Pete visited the family weekly for just under a year.  We had to first give Nicola a way to communicate and ensure her parents could get her follow some simple instructions that would make daily life much easier.  To ensure these skills were really having a practical benefit for the family we then showed them how to use them to support Nicola to have the eye examination she needed to properly assess her sight.  To read more about how we did this, click here.

 

 

jack-with-elmoJack was 14 years old when we worked with him and has a diagnosis of autism, epilepsy and a learning disability. He lives at home with his mum and dad and attends a special needs school. He has strong opinions on what he wants to do. Although he enjoys a few interactive activities such as swimming, he mostly enjoys things he can do by himself such as drawing. Jack could ask for things that he wanted and needed, the problem came if the answer was ‘no’.  His parents felt they were on eggshells trying to avoid saying ‘no’ to things and in situations where this was unavoidable, Jack’s behaviour would escalate and present a risk to himself and those around him.  We worked on this skill for just over a year so that Jack could cope with this inevitable part of day to day life.  To learn more about how we did this, click here.

 

daniel-dressingDaniel is a 10 year old boy with autism. He goes to a special needs school.  Daniel loves sensory play such as play-dough and enjoys looking at photographs, playing on an iPad, and his favourite film ‘The Lion King’. We had already worked with Daniel and his family to expand his diet and next they asked for support to teach Daniel to get himself dressed.  Our project worker Pete provided strategies and materials to his mum and within 4 sessions over 5 months Daniel was dressing independently. To find out more about how we did this click here.

 

GabrielGabriel was years old when we started work with him. Gabriel had a somewhat restricted diet, only eating selected foods. Gabriel required a communication system to use around food which allowed him a better way to have his say over what he was eating.  As things stood, Gabriel could only communicate his thoughts on food through his behaviour – he either ate it or refused it.  Therefore we introduced a Choice Board for foods to allow him to point to and select what he would like to eat.  This meant Gabriel had the final say in what he ate at meal times but that his family could control his options. To find out more about how we worked with Gabriel click here.

 

calumCalum is almost 9 years old.  He has autism and communicates mainly using Signalong. Up until a few months ago, he  had never had a proper haircut.  He was sensitive to the noise and feeling of combing and cutting and found it very difficult to sit still for any length of time. Calum’s parents felt that Calum would feel most relaxed and secure at home, so we brought our own hairdresser, Jenny, to Calum’s house.  We decided to gradually let Calum get used to the noise and feeling of a haircut.  We also used sand timers and simple signs and instructions that we knew he understood to let him know how long we expected him to sit in the chair and when he could get up for breaks. To find our more about how we worked with Calum click here.

 

RoryRory was 5 years old when Tailor Ed started working with him and he has autism.  At that time he loved trampolining and his favourite video was Balamory. Rory has some language, but we felt that especially when it came to things like biscuits that Rory feels so strongly about, his communications skills were letting him down.  He wasn’t confident that his request was being understood and was unsure of the response he got back. We decided to give Rory a clear and visual way to ask for food. By using pictures, Rory knew for sure what was on offer and when it was an appropriate time to ask for something to eat. To find out more about how we worked with Rory click here.

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