Imagine school holidays without opportunities to play. That's what faces children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities who may not be welcome in playgrounds and may need specialist support. Help us provide holiday club with fantastic play facilities inc trampolines & wheelchair swings.
It ran from 12:00 AM, 11 January 2022 to 1:00 AM, 31 March 2022
With social skills not coming easy to our young people with complex social, communication and interaction difficulties, including autism, friendships are a rarity as are the informal local play opportunities enjoyed by many children. . Mainstream holiday provision isn't open to them owing to unpredictable behaviour and lack of disabled access Each child should have the right to play. Add lockdown, and suffering has been off the scale, with families having no support and children regressing.
Our two completely accessible, autism friendly settings will be made available to our pupils for six weeks of the school holidays, dependent on fundraising. Activities will include football, crafts, trikes, trampolines, reading aloud, discos, den-making, imaginative and sensory play, music and arts; cookery workshops, shared meals and goody bags for parents. There will be a high staff to child ratio and TAs can assist with personal care and peg feeding etc. Children will choose activities.
Without holiday club I would have been stuck indoors at home with both my sons – each has Special Educational Needs and Disabilities – trying to keep everyone happy. My son comes back with lovely pictures, home made cakes, sleeps soundly and his behaviour has dramatically improved.
This has probably been the last few months that P is able to walk, so I’m so glad he was able to make the most of holiday club. Lockdown was completely horrendous.
Being with other children, familiar adults and having exercise are all things that my son has lacked in 2020. For us as parents it gave us a break and it’s good to know he was enjoying himself and in a safe environment.
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