by Naomi Hutchison, PBS Facilitator
Starting college is always a daunting experience and big step into adulthood. New staff, new expectations, and changes in routine can be overwhelming for anyone.
An anxious start
When Bob started at MacIntyre No Limits™ Bedfordshire, he required constant contact with staff to help him feel secure. For example he needed to hold hands at all times and found it difficult to engage in independent activities. During this time of anxiety, Bob spent much of his time at college using music and walking within a familiar room to self-regulate.
Slowly but surely, Bob has gained trust in the college and feels more comfortable with trying new activities. He has completed one year of qualifications and is excelling in his 2023 – 2024 academic year.
Bob now loves trampolining and walking around his local area, and he has started to take part in cooking sessions. His communication skills have developed significantly and he now uses a wide range of symbol cards to communicate his needs and wishes. This has in turn led to a huge increase in his contentment and confidence.
Since coming to No Limits, Bob has developed skills to increase in independence, such as being able to choose where he goes for a walk, when he needs support to change clothes, which activity he wishes to do, and what he can do to help keep his environment clean. It is clear from his successes that Bob now feels supported and cared for, and is embracing his learning journey.
What is MacIntyre No Limits™?
MacIntyre No Limits™ is our Post-16 education programme. Each learner has their own bespoke curriculum, based on their individual ambitions and interests.
We provide No Limits education in several locations across the Home Counties and in the East Midlands.
As we expand, we have regular employment opportunities in No Limits. These include Community Teaching Assistants and Programme Coordinators.