"It's been empowering for the whole family" - Leighann
In October 2021 Leighann and her son Aaron, aged 4, started attending BeyondAutism Early Years. When they first arrived, stepping foot outside was an ordeal. Aaron struggled to recognise danger, so he frequently ran off – often towards traffic. Leighann was on constant alert, worrying that Aaron would run away and put himself in danger. He would have to wear a wristband to link him to his parents on outings. This would often get tangled, leaving him feeling restricted, frustrated and distressed.
At the start of 2022, Leighann raised this concern with the Early Years’ team. Knowing the challenges this presented the whole family, the team quickly devised a personalised plan to support. They took Aaron and Leighann out of the classroom and onto the streets to help grow their confidence in the community. Together they practised strategies to improve receptiveness to instructions, including teaching Aaron when to stop, wait and go.