Joy at Last

When Joy first came to Hesley Village, she was experiencing significant difficulties in her life. She was prescribed a variety of medication and her high anxiety levels and aggression towards others meant she required physical intervention two to three times a day to keep her and other people safe.

Joy and her support team worked very closely with the Applied Behaviour Analyst and the Consultant Clinical Psychologist. Together they created a structured, consistent programme that mapped out the whole week for her. They also created strategies to help Joy talk about her feelings and reduce the need to rely on aggression.

Two years later Joy is now at the point where physical intervention is not required. She is able to manage her anxiety using self-calming techniques and a chart to record her feelings, which she uses to communicate to her support staff.