My Progress experience: Harry
My name is Harry.
I am a teenager with Autism.
After suffering several losses within my close family, I could not understand and control my feelings, which led to my behaviours hurting those closest to me. I lacked confidence and did not like leaving the house. My home is where I feel comfortable and safe. The thought of any activities outside gave me anxiety, and it would take 30 minutes to coax me out of the house.
Progress matched me with a Support Worker, Julian. We clicked and talked about working together to explore ways of increasing my confidence.
Julian and I
As Julian started to visit me once a week, I felt my confidence grow. I was able to open up to Julian about gaming and other things that are important to me. We would go for a walk down the canal and talk about things in my life. I could use these conversations and create scenarios in my head that would help me overcome personal hurdles.
I love gaming, but Julian knew nothing about PlayStation or Xbox. I took it upon myself to educate Julian about the games I play. Julian is getting better, but I still win every time we play!
Julian is not just my ‘carer’; he is somebody I can talk to and take guidance from.
Getting out of my comfort zone
I now do activities I had never regularly done before. For example, for the first time, I went out to eat and paid the bill myself. A year ago, I would never have had the confidence to speak to someone and ask for anything.
Remember when I said it used to take 30 minutes to coax me out of the house? Now I am happy to leave straight away.
Happier than I have ever been
I recently made the transition from secondary school to college, and I enjoy learning.
I have also started going to the gym and have taken an interest in health & nutrition. Progress has helped me gain further knowledge about health & nutrition with online training to stay fit and eat well.
Being able to manage my feelings has now helped me become a happier and more active person!