Mentoring At St Augustine’s. By Linda McEvoy. Who are we?. St Augustine’s is a large Catholic school with over 600 students. We have over 50 Special Ed students. These students are diagnosed with a disability. Over 20 of these students are diagnosed with ASD.
By Linda McEvoy
Biting, kicking, screaming, head banging.
Curled up in the foetal position.
Barking like a dog.
Doing runners and melting down.
A real life example of mentoring
I started mentoring this student when she was in year one. She is now in year 9. I finished mentoring her when she was in year 7. We still keep in touch.
This student was chosen for the mentoring program because she had attachment disorder and ODD. She was born to a drug addicted mother and a father who was in and out of jail. She was also abused at a very young age.
Obstacles?The biggest obstacle was TRUST. She has had a lot of let downs in her life. So it was essential I followed through on any promises or deals we had made together.
We started with small, achievable goals and built on from there.
Success builds success.
The Challenges?Teaching her strategies to self regulate.
We made sure we caught every positive moment and turned it into a visual. So she could be constantly reminded of the positives.
We tried really hard to ignore the negatives.
She has set goals. One of her goals is to become a doctor.
JB was an abused and neglected child.
He was removed from his parents care.
His neglect was so bad he developed an eating disorder.
The kitchen cupboards and fridge needed to be padlocked.
The following is an account from his ESO mentor.
WHAT TYPES OF ACTIVITIESDID YOU DO WITH YOUR STUDENT?
With photos, favourite things e.g, food, colour, sport, movies, likes and dislikes etc
He picked a buddy from his class. A different one each time. During this time he would be observed and I would intervene if needed. Sometimes role playing like taking turns and the right things to say.
From class using a questionnaire sheet.
A photo in the centre of the poster with positive words describing himself.
So every time he had a negative thought about himself, we would look at the poster and he would have to say something nice about himself.
Made pizzas, iced biscuits, made sandwiches.
We made a recipe book.
For when he gets angry sometimes.
How to read bus and train timetables, how to tie shoelaces, money ,using a mobile phone, brushing teeth, grocery lists etc
Made transition booklet for high school
Visited high school with him for transition support.