Andrew worked as a drama therapist with a child on the autism spectrum during the year 2010-2011. Andrew worked at Yiewsley Grange (Hillingdon Manor) at the time and I was teaching the pupil. A referral was given from me to the therapy department for someone to work with the pupil to help target his rigidity in routine and his challenging behaviours. Andrew was chosen to deliver a therapeutic intervention to the pupil across the whole academic year. The pupil found it extremely hard to make relationships with and trust others so Andrew worked closely with the pupil to establish a trusting relationship.
The great thing was to see the pupil open up and start to respond to changes in his structure and routine in a positive way. In particular the pupil opened up and was communicating more as a result of this therapeutic intervention. The pupil became very relaxed in his manner and most of the factors that would affect him daily would not trigger his behaviours as much than in his initial stages in the classroom in September 2010. The pupil enjoyed coming to school and started to contribute to all areas of the curriculum which was an extreme difficulty for him in the beginning of his education.