Beth moved in, in December last year. She was shy and quiet, communicating using Makaton, body language and facial expressions. Beth went home for Christmas and New Year, and when she returned we really started to get to know each other and she began to settle in properly.
Beth is very much a tomboy, loves football and lives in hoodie’s and tracksuit bottoms. She also loves music and dancing and tells us she wants to dance by waving her 2 index fingers (the Makaton sign for music).
Over the last few months I have formed a great relationship with Beth; I have tried to build on the information above and use the facilitation skills to initiate interactions with her. If Beth is sitting on her own in the lounge I will sit next to her and give her a playful nudge and a smile. This is usually responded to with a smile back and Beth knows its time to play! Beth will initiate the next interaction and it starts by gently stroking my hair then
nose. After that though she’s very quick to pull me onto the floor and start to play wrestle. When I pretend to scream she will laugh and do it even more. Beth loves it when I respond in this way.
It is great fun working with Beth; she brings so much pleasure to my day. I really feel that this playful and creative approach has encouraged Beth to come out of her shell, build relationships and enjoy her new home.
Patsy Watson, Support Worker - Bedfordshire