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Transition doesn’t have to be painful

For Chris, a young man with autism, a learning disability and who can occasionally show challenging behaviour, moving out of a residential college into his own home was a huge milestone in his life.

His family were desperate to support him in any way they could, but were concerned that Chris lacked the life skills he needed to adjust to his new home. 

The Walsingham Support team talked with Chris so that they could fully grasp his needs, what he liked, what he didn’t like and find a way to help him achieve his goal. According to Chris’s Dad, Paul, the fact that Walsingham Support staff took the time to get to know his son in such depth, ensured that the transition was a success:

“One of my worries was whether staff would know what to do in certain situations. Chris can get angry with himself if he’s not understood. But Matt, the service manager, talked in such detail about how he would be supported that it put my fears to rest. Moving to the supported living service has been the best thing that has ever happened to Chris. He seems as happy as he has ever been.”