Danny has improved dramatically.
My Goal Australia specialises in Supported Independent Living (SIL), delivering supports in all areas of day to day life for individuals living with autism.
Their mantra is "Your Child, Their Life, My Goal" and they focus on assisting your loved one to achieve their goals along with implementing positive behaviour support services for complex needs.
Danny Riley has been supported by My Goal for the last 12 months and his journey illustrates the dedication My Goal brings to SIL and the outcomes they can help deliver.
"Danny is 26 years old and has a diagnosis of Level 3 Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Communication Disorder and an Intellectual Disability (severe)," Danny's father Michael said.
"Back in July 2019 Danny's behaviour began to deteriorate to unmanageable levels, resulting in admission to the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) attached to the Mater hospital in Waratah."
A new provider was required and Michael had heard from various sources that an organisation called My Goal had had success with high needs complex clients like Danny, where others had failed.
"I got in touch with them through Danny's NDIS Coordinator of Supports (COS) and met with organisation's Directors Dean and Belinda Kidd," Michael explained.
"I let them know Danny was a high-needs case and it was not going to be a picnic. They were unfazed, genuinely concerned in regards to Danny's welfare and committed to making it work.
"We had a series of meetings where we talked through Danny's needs, my desires for his wellbeing and future goals, and strategies My Goal could implement to achieve this."
It was identified that Danny required dedicated one-to-one support, 24 hours per day, seven days per week in a stable, low-sensory, safe and caring environment where he could learn to manage his needs and behaviours to reach a level of comfort in the community.
Danny remained at PICU with visits from My Goal support workers until October 7, 2019 when he transitioned to his new home with My Goal in Speers Point. He has been living there for 12 months now.
"My Goal stayed committed and strong through the tough times and now we are all reaping the rewards," Michael said.
"My Goal staff have been calm, dedicated and resilient, respectful of Danny's disabilities and committed to learning how to best manage his behaviour, a lot of which comes down to his communication style preferences.
"They have also implemented specialised behaviour plans and provided training to staff which was specifically orientated to Danny's needs.
"They provide a flexibility in their plans and environment so new strategies can be tested and evaluated.
"There has been ongoing and constant communication on Danny's progress, and when certain strategies or situations haven't been successful, they listened to me as the legal guardian and parent of Danny and valued my input, including me in the preparation of any plans relating to him."
My Goal organise and attend medical appointments with Danny, and collect data and analysis to assist medical staff in making informed decisions in regards to Danny's medical supports..
They also assist with his daily living, which includes personal care, preparation of basic foods and drinks, accessing the community, shopping tasks, haircuts, handling money and utilising public transport.
"The ultimate goal is for Danny to feel happy and settled in his own environment so he is not so reliant on his day-to-day interaction with me," Michael said. "My Goal have put in place practices to slowly accommodate this without bringing undue stress to Danny's environment. Danny has improved dramatically, he is laughing and smiling again and learning a lot of new skills.
"We continue to see the benefits of him being in the My Goal environment."
My Goal Australia is located at 1/63 Ridley Street, Charlestown. For more information, visit www.mygoalaustralia.com.au.