Matthew is a person we support who has developed his own training to deliver to staff.
This idea came into being when Matthew went to see an Occupational Therapist to help him understand why he became very anxious. The Occupational Therapist identified that Matthew has a sensory processing dysfunction – a difficulty processing sensory experiences, which impacts his interpretation and interaction with people, activities, and his surrounding environment.
Matthew decided that he would like to be part of the process of explaining his sensory processing dysfunction to his staff. He wanted to teach them what made him anxious and how the staff could proactively reduce situations that caused him anxiety.
With the help of his Occupational Therapist and his Support Manager, Matthew designed a training course with his own certificate. Matthew then thought about who he would like to take the training.
In December, Matthew delivered his first training course to his Keyworker, his support staff, and his Operations Manager. He later trained a local authority Contracts Officer. The training went down very well and Matthew received a lot of positive feedback, including a letter of thanks from the Contracts Officer.
After a second successful training session, Matthew has decided that he’d like to develop his course and deliver it to more people. He’s looking into creating his own PowerPoint, which will give him more control over the training. His hope is to help staff understand both himself and other people with sensory processing dysfunction who might not be able to express it as well as Matthew can.
Many congratulations to Matthew on his hard work in implementing his great idea.