Reagan is getting ready to attend a mainstream college – something his family never thought would be possible.
Reagan is getting ready to attend a mainstream college – something his family never thought would be possible. The 21-year-old is taking an Independent Living Skills course at Coleg Gwent.
“Two years ago, we would never have entertained the idea of Reagan going to Coleg Gwent,” says his mum Rhian.
For Reagan, who has autism and learning disabilities, managing his anxiety is his biggest challenge. He has limited speech so it can be difficult for him to express himself.
At National Star in Wales, Reagan worked with regular staff members, and he was able to build a relationship with them. They understood what made Reagan anxious and have helped him develop way to manage to express those anxieties.
He accessed physiotherapy, occupational therapy and support from the charity’s Emotional Wellbeing Services.
This combination of therapies and specialist teaching with a constant team around him who made him feel safe and supported, has enabled Reagan to flourish.
“His confidence and self-esteem have hugely improved,” said his mum Rhian. “Because he felt safe, he was happy at National Star. His speech and understanding have come on.”
Reagan’s progress has been great that he received the Most Progress in Learning award.
“During his time at National Star Reagan has blossomed. His progress has been massive and we are so proud of him.”