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Case Study 3

GW, male aged 11.

G has autism and dyspraxia. When referred for mentoring, he did no activities independent of his family and was socially isolated. He needed support to use public transport and to begin accessing new activities without his family, who hope that finding new things to enjoy could be a first step towards socializing with peers.

G was matched with a female mentor who took him out and introduced him to wall climbing, piano playing and singing, going to the park, and baking cakes – all of which he enjoyed and grew in confidence with, as activities were repeated. The mentor was also able to have discussions with G about the many things he is frightened of. He exhibited some behaviours that made it difficult for him to be accepted outside his own family, for example jumping on people’s backs, and the mentor was able to set appropriate boundaries while explaining to G which behaviours others may find hard to accept and why.

G's family are delighted with the outcomes from the mentoring and are certain that he would not have tried the activities, and found he enjoyed them, without the mentor’s support.