Daphne is a 17 year old with moderate learning difficulties. She has severe word finding and auditory processing difficulties, with autistic spectrum features in her communication and interaction.
She took part in a 10 week intervention with a group of post 16 students, with a focus on friendship, building confidence and approaching transitions.
Before the intervention, Daphne needed a lot of support to share her story and the topic was often quite narrow, focussing on Daphne’s interests in army tanks.
During the intervention, a meaningful and upsetting event occurred for Daphne involving her neighbour going to hospital in an ambulance.
With support from her teaching assistant, Daphne was able to process this experience and share it with the group, and surprised everyone by talking spontaneously at length about the event.
The following week, Daphne was again able to share that her neighbour had recovered and was back at home – Daphne was able to access and share this with minimal support and the lack of direct questioning reduced her word finding difficulties.