Our playschemes enable children and young people with ASCs to access community activities and venues while progressing their social and emotional learning through play.
We aim to:
- provide a safe and secure play environment in which children on the Autism Spectrum can flourish as individuals and not have to conform to social pressures.
- promote inclusion through developing group and social skills, and supported integration into mainstream activities and settings.
- facilitate an environment to provide children attending with the opportunity to develop age appropriate play skills.
- provide parents, siblings and carers with a break from caring.
- allow the parents/carers to continue employment during the holiday period.
- actively work with parents/carers to complement existing child profiles to establish a more complete assessment of needs.
All our volunteers undergo autism specific training prior to the commencement of playscheme, as well as child protection, managing challenging behaviour sessions and basic first aid for playscheme leaders.
Volunteers will be required to assist care workers in ensuring that each young person is able to participate in activities, develop friendships, socials skills and imaginative play, and enable them to enjoy new experiences.
Volunteers will also help carers to complete daily diaries that are sent home to parents at the end of each day. Vigilance in reporting incidents, accidents and relevant information is essential.
The Playscheme day consists of time-tabled in-house activities such as; Art Therapy, Music.