When she returned to school in September her teachers and therapists all commented about the amazing difference in Rachel’s confidence.

Rachel’s Story

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

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