Overcoming fears through Travel Training
L is a student on our Future Choices programme. While she is a very independent individual, she has a real fear of public transport particularly trains. One of her goals in her Person-Centred Plan is to overcome this fear with travel training alongside her Employment Support Specialist.
L knew she was making progress however she still needed to complete a journey independently. Recently L found herself in London having just been discharged from one of its hospitals. Normally, she would have had to wait hours for someone to be able to collect her and take her home. Not wanting to wait and knowing she was capable, L made the decision to travel back home on her own.
L independently found a taxi to take her to Waterloo Station, where she found a ticket machine and bought the correct ticket to see her home. She then navigated her way through the arrival and departure boards where she found the correct platform and the right train to catch.
Sitting on a moving train is what L dislikes the most, however she remained calm and stayed on the train all the way to her home station where she got off and was collected.
“L has shown such independence, courage and bravery for overcoming such a huge fear of hers. Well done L!” – Lauren, Employment Support Specialist.
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