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Rachel’s story

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Rachel’s story

Rachel’s story

“Rachel’s teachers and therapists all commented about the amazing difference in her confidence.”

Rachel is 15 years old.  She is autistic and has also been diagnosed “tactile defensive” which means she finds some clothes very distressing to wear.            

At the start of her week away with Phab, Rachel was very reserved.  Many activities required wearing safety gear such as life jackets or harnesses; a source of much distress to Rachel.  Phab staff, centre instructors and new friends spoke to her about the challenges she faced, and worked out the best way to ease her distress.  Rachel completed all the activities – she climbed, abseiled and canoed!

At the end-of-project award ceremony, Rachel told the Phab team that she had had the best week of her life.  And when Rachel returned to school in September, her teachers and therapists all commented about the amazing difference in her confidence.

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