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John's third trip

Aisha thinks the second trip went well. She asks John what he would think about doing the trip again.

John tells Aisha that he feels much better about the trip, but he still isn't sure whether he is capable of going alone. He took the lead and "got everything right", but he thinks that this may have been due to Aisha's presence.

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John's third trip

Aisha prompts John to demonstrate how capable he is by asking him a few questions about the trip. For example, she asks him when he should press the button to get off the bus. John shows that he has the knowledge – he just needs more confidence.

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John's third trip

Aisha suggests that, for their third trip, John should do the trip independently.

Specifically, Aisha will go with John to the bus stop, but she will board the bus separately to him, and will sit in a different section of the bus.

John likes this idea – he will truly do the trip for himself, but he knows he has Aisha there if things get "out of hand", as he puts it.

Aisha will come back the next day to give John his third practice using public transport.

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John's third trip

As with the second trip, John is able to get on the bus and get to this accessible seat with little difficulty.

John, sitting alone, spots the shopping centre coming up, and presses the button exactly when he should. Aisha and John agree to meet back at the shopping centre stop in an hour, and John makes his way off to do his shopping.

John sees the whole trip as a success.

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John's third trip

Back at John's home, Aisha asks her go-to question: "How would you feel about doing the trip again?"

Now that he has done the trip by himself, John is confident that he can safely do the trip truly alone. Aisha agrees that that is a good idea. John will do his fourth trip without Aisha there at all.

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John's third trip

However, Aisha has a tactic that she often uses at this point in the training. Aisha will follow John from a distance. She knows which bus John is going to catch, and Aisha plans to drive the route, and make sure John gets on and off the bus OK.

Aisha occasionally uses this technique before she truly "detaches" from the learner. Once they feel confident enough to do the trip without her, for some learners she makes sure to observe them complete it at least once. This is her way of making sure that the learner can actually make the trip independently.

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