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Ski trip unlocks Victoria's independence

Ski trip unlocks Victoria's independence

For Victoria Brown, going on a college trip was a huge achievement – one her parents never believed would be possible.

She was one of 16 National Star learners to go skiing in Andorra. Her success is thanks to the multi-disciplinary approach of the National Star team.

Victoria, who has autism and severe learning difficulties, becomes so anxious about what is going to happen next that she can be distracted and find it hard to focus on what she is doing.

So Victoria’s team of therapists and support workers ensure that her routine – in class and in residence – is structured so she feels reassured and settled.

Victoria’s speech and language therapist worked with her to improve her speech and communication skills. She is learning to use an iPad with specialist software to enable communication with less familiar people when accessing the community.

Victoria’s physiotherapist worked with her to improve her mobility and her core strength.

‘For Victoria to go away is a massive step as she gets very anxious at airports,’ says her mother Philippa. ‘The huge support of the whole National Star team, including the behavioural support team, has enabled Victoria to achieve things we never believed would be possible.’

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Find out more about our therapy and health programmes or contact the Admissions team at or on 01242 534928.

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