At the start of the programme, George often displayed sensory overload which led him to feel frustrated. This included loud noises such as tractors, machinery and sounds horses make. He struggled with the noise of the walkie-talkies used by coaches on site, as they would make him jump. He was able to express his frustrations with coaches, however often this was shared over the conversations of others in the group, so was sometimes inappropriate.
George displayed empathy to horses when working with them and ensured his behaviour was positive and appropriate, however he was not so tolerant of his peers and became annoyed if ever there was a disagreement in the group.
George was easily frustrated in the classroom environment, initially struggling to engage with written work. With support and encouragement, he would ‘give the tasks a go’ however he would become irritated when he could not achieve something first time. He has now learned how to complete breathing exercises or take himself away from a stressful situation to allow his mood to calm.