Stuart, a resident at Middle Path Home, is celebrating overcoming his fear of heights by successfully completing an abseil. With the dedicated support of staff, he made the fantastic achievement on an activity holiday at the Calvert Trust in Exmoor.
When Stuart, who has autism, expressed a desire to do a parachute jump, staff set about exploring how they could support him to take on a challenge that would help him to overcome his fear of heights. A holiday to the Calvert Trust, a centre that enables people with physical, learning, behavioural and sensory disabilities to take part in a variety of outdoor activities, was researched and booked.
On the first day of the holiday Stuart tackled the abseil. With a staff member by his side providing reassurance, he was ready to give it a go. After a few tentative steps, he grew in confidence and successfully abseiled down the wall.
Staff reported that at the bottom he was shaking with a combination of adrenaline and excitement. He was so proud of what he achieved; he had a beaming smile on his face for the rest of the day!
Throughout the rest of the week Stuart threw himself into other outdoor activities including canoeing, horse riding and crate stacking and by the end he was elated with everything that he had achieved. The holiday was an incredibly positive and rewarding experience for both Stuart and the team around him.
Stuart’s Mum said; “We are so proud of what Stuart has achieved! It shows what is possible with the right encouragement and support; thank you to the staff at Autism Wessex.”
Well done to Stuart and the dedicated staff that support him.
Have you or a family or friend done something that you are proud of? We’d love to hear from you.