Grange Court - Finalist for the National LD and Autism ‘Great Autism Practice’ Award
20th June 2017
Congratulations to Grange Court Staff Team who are now finalists for the Great Autism Practice Award. Grange Court were nominated for this award by our Regional Manager, who said the following;
Grange Court has been open since 2015, providing direct support for 5 individuals whom all have autism with diverse and complex needs. The road has not been smooth, with many daily challenges but they have consistently problem solved, using person centred approaches, breaking down communication, sensory/behavioural barriers and built trust. Staff work hard to empower autistic individuals, using passion and creativity to achieve what others may never have thought possible. Some of the achievements:
- Considerable reduction in self injurious behaviours and physically challenging behaviours.
- Specially adapted clothing has progressed to now wearing regular leggings/t-shirt.
- Hospital access difficulties overcome, staff led the way in best interest meetings ensuring individuals got access to the support required. Successfully supporting them through complex appointments and surgery where pain caused them considerable discomfort and anxiety (prolapse, tooth extraction, fillings).
- Previously unable to access local community on any activities, now regular access.
- Previous refusal to get out of public pool. Pool had to be drained over 9 hrs to remove the individual. Staff did not give up, with many months of planning and use of visual aids. This is now a weekly activity again.
- The team work hard with each person, creating guidelines, providing consistent approaches, routines, sourcing and offering opportunities and choice.
- The team frequently receive thanks and recognition via the social workers and health professionals for their continued achievements.
- An excerpt from the most recent feedback received from a parent: ʺI wanted to say a huge...thank you to you and your amazing team! What an achievement for everyone. The skills and training the staff have are so high and of course their kindness and patience with xxx. We are all very grateful that all went ok and xxx coped well. ʺ