Staff supported Simon to be as independent as possible with the shopping list. They read the item to Simon and told him how many were needed for the house. Simon was given the opportunity to choose the items, whilst staff stood back, for example he chose red apples and a chicken for the Sunday roast. Staff supported Simon to count the items into the trolley, until he had the right amount that they needed.
The most important element of the task for Simon was to cross the items off the shopping list. He enjoys doing this and it also signals when the task is complete. Staff did not attempt to complete this task for him at any time and gave him the time he needed to do this independently, however long it took.
Charles pushed the trolley, with staff adding only the odd hand to steer away from collisions. This task supported Charles to focus and complete the shopping trip successfully. He was also encouraged to load the conveyor belt, with plenty of praise given for a job well done.
Staff were patient throughout the whole trip, supporting Simon and Charles to complete tasks in their own time, do things their own way – Simon likes to tie the shopping bags up before they go in the trolley; staff gave lots of praise. This led to a very positive experience for both the young men and a full fridge for House 6.
Deputy Principal – Residential and Therapy
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