Jack, an 11 year-old boy with Asperger’s Syndrome lives with his mother and step-father following his parent’s separation when he was a baby. Unfortunately, earlier in the year Jack’s paternal grandma died and, since he was particularly close to her, this hit Jack hard. He was also struggling with his relationship with his biological father.
As a result of all of these factors, Jack felt incredibly angry. His mum and step-father struggled with this anger at home and, at school Jack often exploded at the slightest thing, especially if he was asked to do anything he did not wish to do. Jack had been excluded from school for harming another pupil with intent and is also excluded at lunchtimes since he cannot manage the lunchtime play.
Following the referral to the Young Healthy Minds programme, which CXK runs in a consortium with other providers, a dedicated youth counsellor started to explore his perception that his biological father doesn’t care for him and rejected him. Throughout the sessions, Jack was keen to understand the problems and look for solutions to his issues, even sending a letter to his biological father expressing his thoughts and suggestions. He was delighted at how well these were received, especially since his Dad said he wants to spend more time with him because he now knows what he wants.
By the end of the seven sessions, Jack’s view of the relationship with his biological father had improved from a 3/10 score to a 9/10 score. His behaviour had improved at school, his relationship with his mother and step-father had improved and he was looking forward to attending grammar school in September.
Young Healthy Minds
Jack, an 11 year-old boy with Asperger’s Syndrome lives with his mother and step-father following his parent’s separation when he was a baby. He was struggling with his relationship with his biological father.