What Autism in not.......
Autism is not a mental health disorder nor a learning disability but a developmental disorder that affects communication and social interaction.
This blog has been set up to re-empower those parents, carers and grandparents who want to encourage their children to explore the outside world regardless of their diagnosis...and enjoy it!
The Mighty Mega Sounds Club is full of exciting musical and creative acitivities. Each sesssion is packed full of singing, dancing, moving and music. make your own instruments, take part in fun art actvities as you play and explore
call 020 8536 5555 for more information
Talk about proactively, Olly Cart has put together another production, this play is called Drum and will be running at Unicorn Theatre which is based in London Bridge on Tooley Street, cheap tickets! Loads of days over the easter half term to choose from. Tickets cost £12 for a carer and one child ...
check out the website! http://www.unicorntheatre.com/drum/tour
Half term London events and activities promise to keep the kids busy this February, with a range of activities, exhibitions and workshops taking place throughout the month. See below for activities to keep boredom at bay during the half term holidays.
Doctor Who at Half Term Kids of all ages (and adults) can take part in one of the Time Lord's adventures at this special interactive exhibition, which includes TARDIS sets, props from the latest series and video clips from Matt Smith.
Natural History Museum Take the kids to the Natural History Museum for a range of activities for plenty of half term fun. There's the state of the art Cocoon installation within the Darwin Centre with interactive exhibits and talks guaranteed to keep the nippers happy, as well as stunning images in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.
Museum in Docklands Loads of fun half term London events will be taking place at the Museum in Docklands. All things east London will be explored - kids can get involved with art workshops, while the younger ones will love listening to some storytelling.
Horniman Museum A cracking place to take the little 'uns this half term, Horniman Museum has loads of exciting exhibits and displays. There are special kids events featuring craft sessions and tours around the museum with Mr Horniman himself.
Imagine Childrens Literature Festival Throughout half term, the Imagine Childrens Literature Festival is once again hosting fun and interactive literary events, as well as comedy shows, family friendly films and poetry workshops.
Dinosaurs Unleashed Take your children to meet a giant reptile or two over half term at The O2, which is hosting the Dinosaurs Unleashed show. See the huge animatronic creations and come face to face with the tyrannosaurus rex.
Theatre tickets Take in a West End performance or two this half term. With tickets available for shows including Billy Elliot, The Lion King and Grease, there's plenty to keep even the harshest young critics entertained.
Marvel Super Heroes 4D Head to the Marvel Super Heroes attraction at Madame Tussauds to see The Hulk, Spider-Man and Wolverine waxwork figures, experience a multi-sensory 4D cinema experience and get involved with a series of interactive displays.
Whether you want to find a fun game to push your child’s skills or you are looking for a new game for family game night, The Brain Trainer store is your one stop shop. Here at the Brain Trainer, Dr. Parker, the director, is always looking for new and exciting games that will push cognitive skills.
Looking to push certain skills, try these games.
Attention – concentration of the mind on a single object or thought.
The following games push sustained attention; the ability to stay on task for an extended period of time.
Selective attention; the ability to remain on task when another action is present.
Divided attention; the ability to switch back and forth between two tasks quickly.
Attention to detail; focusing on visual or auditory details.
Hue Knew? – by MindWare
Pattern Play – by MindWare
Logic and Reasoning – the ability to find patterns and problem solve. Finding alternative ways to look at or deal with situations.
Chocolate Fix – by Think Fun
Set Cubed – by Set
Solitaire Chess – by Think Fun
Noodlers – by MindWare
Math Skills – the ability to accurately add, subtract, multiply or divide. These games focus on ways to make basic arithmetic skills more automatic.
7 ate 9 – by Out of the Box
Flip 4 – by MindWare
Math Dice – by Think Fun
Math Dice Jr. – by Think Fun
Zingo 123 – by Think Fun
Memory – the ability to recall previously learned information. Working memory focuses on information that is currently being worked on, while short and long term memory focus on information that was learned over a period of time.
Rock – by Out of the Box
Letter Flip – by Out of the Box
Processing Speed – the speed at which the brain processes information. Makes completing tasks faster and helps with sports such as basketball, football and soccer.
7 ate 9 – by Out of the Box
Rock – by Out of the Box
Verbal Expression – the ability to convey a message verbally. Verbal expression looks at a person’s ability to accurately and fluently express themselves.
Word On The Street – by Out of the Box
Word On the Street Jr. – by Out of the Box
Smart Mouth – by Think Fun
Thumb Balls - by Actions in Motions
Visual Processing – the ability to process and make use of visual images. Helps one create mental picture faster and more vividly; helps one understand and “see” word math problems and read maps.
Backseat Drawing – by Out of the Box
Noodlers – by MindWare
Q-Bitz - by MindWare
Quirkle – by MindWare
Squint – by Out of the Box
Work Attack – the ability to convert graphic images into intelligible language. These skills are necessary to read, and working to improve them helps make reading more accurate and fluent.
Confused by all the benefits changes? – help is at hand from Contact a Family
To help parents make sense of the recent welfare reforms announced by the Coalition Government and what the changes will mean for them, Contact a Family has produced a free guide to Future Benefit Changes.
Derek Sinclair, Senior Welfare Rights Specialist at Contact a Family, said: “The recently announced benefits changes amount to the biggest shake up to the benefits system in generations.Changes include replacing means tested benefits such as income support with a new 'universal credit', major reform of Disability Living Allowance and cuts in housing benefit. It is really important that parents with disabled children understand what these changes will mean and that is why we are making our guide to Future Benefit changes available to them for free.”
The changes will impact on all families with a disabled child.While some of the changes will not take affect for a year or two, others will start to impact from this April - including changes in housing benefit for many private tenants, and a number of tax credit cuts including reduced help with childcare costs.
While many of the changes proposed will mean cuts in financial help – there is some good news. One of the changes being made in April will allow children aged 3 or above who have a severe visual impairment to start qualifying for the high rate of the DLA mobility component.
icandance caters for people with social, emotional, physical and cognitive disabilities.
icandance mixes ballet and free movement to encourage creativity, social interaction and confidence in each dancer.icandance's unique approach to dance integrates the use of specialised educational methods, developmental movement, expressive dance, therapeutic interventions and ballet techniques.Visithttp://www.icandance.co.uk/ for more information or contact(Juliet 07931 533 955 or email:email@example.com
There is a new internet safety game for 8 – 10 year olds called ‘Star Riders’. This interactive game requires the user to answer questions about internet safety to increase the amount of time they have to collect stars and avoid nasty icons. There is a leader board to encourage users to improve. The questions users are asked will be changed every few months to reflect new themes.
did you know that there are cookbooks out there for those on the spectrum? Okay they are not specifically for them but because there are loads of pictures in them they can easily pick up how to cook! prices are quiet reasonable so check out the link, you can also find them on ebay!
And The Rain Falls Down is a visually stunning celebration of the watery things of the world.
Imagine a world where every drop of water has a life of its own. Imagine a place where rainbows form from umbrellas, where fountains spout from plugholes, and where rain really does fall down.
And The Rain Falls Down, a piece about drips, drops and downpours, is staged by Fevered Sleep, the creators of The Forest and Brilliant.
And The Rain Falls Down is aimed at theatregoers aged three and four years old and features opportunities for children to get wet. If your child wishes to join in, the Young Vic suggests you bring a change of clothing and a towel. Changing areas will be provided.
AS children are often left out socially and Val Schlanker, one of our parents, would like to co-ordinate a group for Asperger and high functioning children aged 9 - 13 to meet up for social activities eg. bowling, etc.
If you would like to participate with your child, please email Val on firstname.lastname@example.org
Many individuals with ASDs are skilled with IT, and prefer to communicate through the written word rather than face-to-face conversation.
Email befriending accommodates this, and is available via the NAS, aiming to reduce social isolation, broaden the range of social experiences open to individuals, and to build supportive relationships.
For more information contact email@example.com or visit http://www.nas.org.uk/
This service is available to all disabled people in London to give them the confidence to use public transport.
It offers Travel Mentors to provide advice and a maximum of ten accompanied journeys.
As Travel mentors are not allowed to act as support workers they will not push wheelchairs or carry shopping.
The service is available Mon-Fri 8am-6pm and is free of charge. For more information call 020 7027 5822 or email Travel.Assistance@tfl-buses.co.uk
Kidscape offer workshops for children who are being bullied at school.
Most of the workshops are held in London and they are free. Parents can book their child on a course by contacting Kidscape.
A high percentage of participants are on the autistic spectrum. More information on http://www.kidscape.org.uk/zap/index.asp
Autiplan is is web-based calendar software designed with ASD needs in mind. It features a wide choice of pictorial images to display and print out in a daily schedule.
It is only requires a web browser to access it after registering, and the basic version is free for private use by families.
Further information http://www.autiplan.com/
Disability Student Allowance not to be confused with Disability Living Allowance
DSAs are available to full and part time students of all ages to help pay for anything that would aid studying, such as equipment and transport.
A diagnostic assessment is mandatory to prove eligibility.
Students are encouraged to make applications early to avoid delays when starting courses.
Apply online at www.direct.gov.uk/student finance or request further information by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that DSAs are not repayable.
Are you aware that there are winter holiday playschemes? Well nor did i until i got it through the post!! There are five short break schemes happening all over Hackney this year
The Huddleston Centre 02089859089 contact Cassandra Delisser or Nick Davies 0208 985 9089
Kids Adventure Playground 0207 014 7109 contact the short breaks team
Laburnum Boat Club 0207 729 2915 contact Charlotte Walker
Step by Step 020 8806 4130 ext 58 or 59
Tyssen Primary School, Autism Resource Base 0208 806 4130 contact Verona de Medeiros
Please note this is a one off service and will not count towards your 100 hours
Extra support is also available during the school holidays and throughout the Short Breaks year with our 1-1 services that offer individual play support in the home and community. Amonet 0207 093 4710 contact Nicole Veeramootoo Ezer Leyoldos 0208 880 2488 contact Toby Berger Kids Outreach 0208 806 6149 contact Michael Singh Resources for Autism 0208 458 3259 contact Liza Dresner This will be included in your 100 hours
To get more information or to sign up your child/ren onto a service, you need to contact the services directly
Gatwick has opened a new dedicated channel through passport control for children and adults with special needs and disabilities- particularly if they have any special equipment like wheelchairs. To speed up the process, they now have better technology to scan special equipment/ metal framing. But you should also tell your airline when booking travel.
runs from 10.30am ti 3.30pm Monday to Friday. It offers confidential impartial information and support to parents and other family members, individuals and voluntary and statutory organisation. They have a wide ranging database of information and fact sheets that we can send out to you on request. Some of the queries coming through the helpline this quarter have highlighted the ongoing difficulties carers face.
Sow wildflower seeds and plant bulbs to help turn a corner of Mabley Green into a beautiful bee and butterfly friendly meadow next spring. some gardening tools will be provided but bring your own. meet at the corner of Lee Conservancy and Eastway e9
Fancy a bit of walking and finding out the history of Hackney at the same time?
Meet at Hackney Central Library
start time 11am
a free step counte for every person that turns up. Any questions please phone 02073643776
do you have a long term health condition such as heart/lung disease,back pain, diabetes, migraine, arthritis, IBS, osteoporosis.ME, MS, crohn', stroke, depression, parkinsons etc.
Join a six week free course (2 1/2 hours per week) Challenging your condition self management course and learnnoew ways to deal with your condition. Topics include pain/symptom managment, relaxation, exercise, healthy eating, fatigue, dealing with negative feelings and relationships with health professionals.
Joe Robinson will host a music session that encourages all to get creative. Bring your own insruments and join this fun musical session.No booking required. Stoke Newington library N16 0JS. call if age appropriate for your child 02083565230
Hey! now we have no excuse not to be fit! Get advice from the resident health advisor who is based at The Ivy Centre, St Leonards, Nuttall Street, N1 5LZ. She is offering 6 sessions of 1 to 1 support to help with weight loss. The main purpose of the sessions is to work with you, to support you to find ways to make changes to your lifestyle to promote weight-loss.
She will look at why you think your weight has gone up, how you have gotten on with weight loss in the past, taking what has worked and building on it, and planning in advance for the difficult times that may be ahead. The sessions last 30 minutes and appointments are available on a Tuesday between 9.30-12.30 am and 4.00-6.30 pm. The appointments are located at the Ivy centre, at St Leonards. You can make an appointment by calling 020 7683 4103
she will took about reasons that have stopped you loosing weight in the past and strategies you could use
A review has been launched in Hackney to help improve the quality of local services available to disabled children and young people.
The Children and Young People Scrutiny Commission will be looking into what access disabled children and young people have to key local services and whether any improvements can be made to make it easier to use these services.
As part of the review, the commission is also going to be examining the current level of support available to the parents and carers of disabled children and young people, and whether the services on offer from partner organisations are suitable and accessible.
Chair of the Children and Young People Scrutiny Commission, Councillor Gulay Icoz, said: "What we really need to address with this review is whether disabled children and young people from all communities in the borough have access to the many excellent services currently on offer across Hackney.
"As part of this review, we will be looking at a range of essential local services including leisure centres, libraries and parks to see if they are meeting the needs of our disabled children and young people. If we do find there are any barriers which are preventing them from taking part in any leisure, cultural or development opportunities, we will be making recommendations to improve the way these are provided."
Commission members will be talking to parents through the Hackney Families Together Forum and other groups to get views on how services and service accessibility can be improved for disabled children and young people.
The Children and Young People Scrutiny Commission is very keen to hear parents' views about how services in Hackney can be improved for disabled children and young people. They should contact 020 8356 3441 or email: email@example.com before Monday, 18 October 2010.
The Commission is also encouraging local residents to attend the next meeting of the Children and Young People Scrutiny Commission on Monday, 11 October 2010 from 7.00pm in Hackney Town Hall. At this meeting, a wide range of representatives will be giving evidence to the commission about how services can be improved.
A full report with recommendations of the services for disabled children review is due to be published in January 2011
Did you know that Adidas are sponsoring an outdoor gym called an Adizone on Mabley Green? Its near Lee Conservancy Road E9, nearly under the bridge. its to celebrate Hackney being one of the five Olympic boroughs for 2012...Go and check it out with the kids, they will love the bright colours, and since it is outdoors they can shout as much as they want! Also good if your child is hyposenstive.
Sometimes all you need is someone to talk to who is in the exact position as you are then look no further. There is a Parent to Parent Line free, 24 hour confidential telephone support service offered by volunteer parents to other parents of an adult or child with an autistic spectrum disorder 0800 9 520 520
For people with autistic spectrum disorders including Asperger’s Syndrome. Information and advice for family friends and carers.
Autism Helpline (including Aspergers) open Mon – Fri 10 am – 4 pm 0845 070 4004 Minicom 0845 070 4003
Saturday, 23 October 2010 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Interactive story-telling, drumming and craft session with Grace Igbekele For children aged 5-11. No booking required. Age group: Aged 5 - 11. Shoreditch Library, 80 Hoxton Street London N1 6LP Disabled access: yes. Contact: General Enquiries. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 0208 356 4350
Date and price to be confirmed
Drama therapy uses the healing aspects of drama and theatre as a therapeutic process which includes
speaking and listerning in teams
games and dance
To register your interest please call 020 7923 8750
Discover the hidden dancer in you. become an expert in Latin Dancing, Mambi, ChachaCha, Afro Cuban etc
Each week you wil lbe taken through a series of steps (foootwork) leading up to simple Carribean routines. Easy to follow choreography and turn tups that wil leave you feeling toned, relaxed and confident.
starting Thursday 30th September at 3.30pm
£2 for carers
£5 for everyone else
Please call 0207 923 8750 to register
To celebrate the 65th anniversary of Thomas the Tank Engine and his antics, Vue Cinemas are showing a new 60 minute feature called Thomas and Friends: Misty Island Rescue. Show starts at 10.30 on 2 or 3rd of October 2010. The nearest Vue to Hackney is Angel, Islington... (bus 30, 56, 38 and 73 go directly there from Hackney). Book your tickets NOW as seating is already limited! http://www.myvue.com/cinemas/film_info_detail.asp?SessionID=&cn=1&ci=31&ln=1&fi=10094|5894|
Family Learning Festival Families take part in free, fun and informal learning activities at Hackney libraries. Activities include music workshops, painting and jewellery making or you can even start to learn a language with our Spanish taster sessions, get tips about healthy food, or just brush up on your basic Maths skills.
Junior BikeWorks: All Ability Cycling. No matter the disability they will teach you how to ride!
Meet at Unit 8 Gun Wharf, 241 Old Ford Road, Victoria Park E3 5QB at 1pm prompt
Get a 277 or 425, get down at Victoria Park roundabout
Always ring first 12pm to 1pm
Ride around Victoria Park
But meet at BikeWorks
No, all bikes and scooters are provided
This club is for juniors who want to know how to ride but don’t. Please ringNicki for further clarification and to confirm what and what they do not provide. This club is held before the All Ability Club..Junior club starts on 09/10/2010