Ryan was first referred by his primary school and worked with Learning Space during year 6. His school was worried about how he would cope with the move to secondary school and asked Learning Space to continue to support for the first few months. Ryan’s home life was turbulent – he had recently moved into the area following domestic violence issues. His levels of self-esteem and confidence were low and there were concerns he may have ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) as his communication with both adults and peers was very difficult. Our worker visited primary school and introduced herself to Ryan at the end of the summer term – this meant s familiar face for him in September. She then met regularly with Ryan during his first term and the solution focused sessions gave him the opportunity to express how he felt he was settling in as well as time for any worries and concerns as they occurred; he was also given support for family issues.
The work was very successful and overall Ryan made an excellent start to secondary school; at the end of the first term his teachers reported how well he had settled and his attendance was 100%. His growing confidence helped develop his communication skills; he even managed to build very positive relationships with two other boys in his tutor group – this was a huge step forward for Ryan.