What our support looks like

David is a young man with a diagnosis of autism and a learning disability. Before we met him, David had lived away from his family in hospital.

There were two things that David really wanted in life: to live in his own home and to have increased contact with his family. 

We worked closely with David, and others, to support him to move back to his hometown. It took several months, but we were with him every step of the way.

We worked hard with David to adapt his new home to suit his needs. We wanted to support him to feel safe, comfortable and happy, which meant thinking creatively when it came to the space, fittings and fixtures.

David didn’t like anything being attached to the walls in his bedroom and would communicate this by pulling things down. We sourced external shutters with the controls installed in a separate room so they wouldn’t become upsetting for him.

We encouraged David’s interaction by transforming the garage wall with magnetic paint and a chalk board for him to have fun with, and sunk a trampoline into the ground in the garden as David loves to jump.

When we first starting supporting David, he didn’t communicate verbally but now he often sings and dances with his workers. His speech has really progressed and he now engages in conversation. On days when he is quiet and not wanting to talk he uses sign language to communicate. We worked closely with him to learn which signs he uses.  

In only four months, David is settled and happy in his new home. 

What’s more, David’s family are delighted with his support.  His mum had been anxious about him leaving hospital, but, for the first time, she feels that David has a bright and positive future to look forward to; together they’re imagining the endless possibilities that life now holds.

For further information or to discuss what support options are available in your area, contact us via our online form or give us a call on 0300 666 3030