Speech therapist specialising in autism sets Andrew up for success at Makeables

Caption: Makeables employee, Andrew with Multicap’s Warehouse and Logistics Manager, Donna 

Andrew, in his 30s, has worked at different Australian Disability Enterprises for more than 15 years, but since joining the Makeables team and embracing learnings from his speech therapist he is thriving, and his parents Grant and Bev couldn’t be happier. 

Grant and Bev were supportive of Andrew moving to Makeables almost 14 months ago, trusting the support from Multicap’s Warehouse and Logistics Manager Donna Holden would improve their son’s health and wellbeing. 

“Donna gave Andrew time to transition and enabled him to settle in well,” Bev said. “From previous experience with Donna, we knew that Donna was flexible, supportive and we could trust that she had his best interests at heart so that he would succeed.” 

“Multicap brings a can-do mindset, and shared values and attitude of genuinely caring for customers and staff first,” said Grant. 

“Multicap has embraced learning new skills through Andrew’s Speech Therapist, Kate Ledingham from Speechcare, which means other staff with autism can benefit also,” said Bev. 

Originally, Andrew was having some challenges with communication and change, so Donna asked Kate to visit and offer tools to help improve the situation for Andrew.  

Donna noticed additional support was required for Andrew’s communication and attitude when he first started at Makeables and says that his happiness is a result of gaining an improved understanding of what he needs. 

“Kate specialises in autism and has been attending Makeables once a month to improve communication amongst all parties and keeping everyone in the loop. She has written a series of ‘social stories’ (roadmap to solve problems) on various topics such as managing change. 

“Andrew is very focused and likes to work. He challenges himself to work more to make more money and loves the variety of work at Makeables,” Donna said. 

Andrew recently achieved an exciting milestone by gaining a wage increase and his parents couldn’t be prouder. 

“He is achieving real work like everyone else in the family and I’m really proud of him. The best part is I have a happy son when he comes home. 

“Since being at Multicap his self-esteem has improved. He has purpose in life, and it keeps him going,” Bev said 

When asked what goals he is working towards, Andrew said another wage increase. He also noted that he enjoys holidays with his family and has most recently visited Marcoola and last year had a holiday at 1770 (near Agnes Waters, north of Bundaberg). 

Andrew is currently attending disability employment trainer Jigsaw one day a week to obtain additional training in office skills, and Multicap is planning to provide opportunities in this area of work in the future.  

Multicap works to remove the barriers to employment for our customers and support them to develop the confidence, skills and sense of purpose to lead fulfilling lives every day. 

With a focus on independence and personal growth, Multicap’s employment services give our customers training, experience and employment opportunities. 

For more information or to enquire about employment opportunities, visit our website: Multicap - Employment Opportunities at Makeables.
 

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