As you will know, the focus of this blog is very much on
inclusion.It is often difficult however
for our children to fully take part in mainstream sport activities.Also, if they are skilled in an activity and
want to take it further, the route to more serious sport is very much
differentiated.As a result, many of the
sport activities we do are specifically for those with additional support
On the blog, there has already been posts on riding, cp football and skiing and over the
next few months plan to further posts on
special swimming groups and Boccia.If
your child attends any sport or activity group not covered and you would like
to do a guest post on it please message me.
If you are looking for a sport activity for your child then
I strongly recommend you contact your local area disability sports group.These come under the overall umbrella of ScottishDisability sports and support people with disabilities at all levels of their
activity from entry up to Paralympic and commonwealth games levels.
We live in Fife and the organisation there
run grass roots boccia, swimming and other activities while at the same time
supporting top competitors such as Kieran Steer (Boccia)and Craig Rodgie
(swimming) achieving their goals.The
team are very approachable and will offer support in finding an activity that
is most assessable for your child and give advice and help in finding any
specialist equipment that may be needed.Further information and their current timetable of events can be found
Within the Edinburgh area, many activities are coordinated
through High Flyers, with Edinburgh Liesure and you can get contact details for
school we have chosen is not the feeder school for our primary.Going to a school where you know no one is
difficult for any child but if you also have a different method of
communication then extra help is needed.So through out the P7 year we will be creating opportunities for E to
meet, spend time and create connections with other P7 children going to the same
step in that was to arrange for E to start going one day a week to a feeder
primary.As an opening to this, E
prepared and delivered a power point presentation to the class and hosted a
question and answer session afterwards.
For the power
point, she wrote and designed the slides herself and I think presented a good
account of herself.
In the question
and answer session afterwards she was awesome.Every question was given a fully considered response and as always, she
typed full sentences into her communication device.It was I think brilliant as it let the other
children and the class teacher see how E uses the device, how long it takes to
type an answer and the difference between thinking time and typing time.
She’s now going
there one day a week and seems to be settling in well and making new friends.
We’ve all had times when it seems like we struggle from one crisis
to another.Somehow you get through it
and are still smiling at the end. The
last few months have been a bit like that for us with E being knocked down and
getting a skull fracture followed by me being dizzy for a week and a half followed
by health and safety paper work and decisions going mad..
I thought it worth reflecting on the resilience needed to
deal with these times and what we can do as individuals to nurture our own.
Resilience is the ability to bounce back from the events and
crises that happen.It comes from within
and comprises of adaptability, self-control, self-sufficiency, optimism and persistence.Although for some this comes naturally, you
will be pleased to know there are things we can do to strengthen and develop our own resilience. There is plenty of advice out there on how to do this and you may be aware of what areas your feel need most development
for you. Here are some of the ideas I found .
Accept what’s happening
Embrace change by by trying new thingsand being continually curious
Find a way to develop your creative side.
Self-conrol and Self-suffiency
Set aside time for you to look after yourself
Maintain a good social life
Never talk yourself down
Interrupt negative thoughts with positive ones
Surround yourself with positive people
Fake feeling optimistic until it becomes a habit.
Reflect on past actions and their outcomes
Develop an arsenal of problem solving technique
I think it’s easy to let some things slip and maybe not
notice until you need it.I’m going to
try and use this to measure my own strengths against and work to develop some
of them. For me the first focus is on looking after myself and maintaining that
social circle so expect me at a book group near you soon.
There is also recommendations that having a mentor is
helpful.If anyone is interested in
either mentor or mentee let me know and we can perhaps get some pairings
Will try and make this a regular feature for events and activities that are coming up that may be of interest. Do let me know of any events that you wish to share. To ensure you get the information you can follow the blog by email, on facebook and on twitter. Goalball We went to see this during the olympics in London and thoroughly enjoyed it. For the visually impaired, it involves throwing a ball with jingles across a court to score a goal.
UK together with key partners are launching a new club in Edinburgh so are
holding an initial free ‘have a go’ session for anyone to attend – visually
impaired or sighted, young or old, male or female, new or experienced. Come
along to learn all about this exciting Paralympic Sport!
It was with some excitement that we read in the Enable Young Families Support Network newsletter details of music sessions
for children and young adults (age 6 - 20) with additional support needs.
Play On music sessions are run by Paragon Music in partnership with ENABLE Scotland and Strathclyde University. The sessions give everyone an opportunity to try a variety of instruments and create a piece to play together in public performance. For those who find an instrument they particularly like, there is also the opportunity to take that further. The instruments they teach include piano, bass, guitar,drums, percussion and saxophone. Students get the opportunity to work their way round the instruments finding the one that suits them best.
The sessions currently run in
Glasgow in 6 week blocks with each class lasting 3 hours.The most
recent block started on 10 May.The sessions are opento all and cost £5 per session you
are asked to pre book.The next block is planned to start in the early autumn
of this year. The
great things is that family members can also join in the group sessions
too if they want and enjoy making music with their siblings/parents -
there's no charge for family members because the sessions are primarily
aimed at the young person with additional support needs.
We have not yet attended the classes but have
a session booked for 31 May and hope to tell you more after that.
Paragon are an inclusive music group. They identifiednoticeable lack of opportunity within schools for
children with ASN to take up an instrument.in schools. Through obtaining funding and support from a variety of sources, they set up these classes to meet that need. In addition, they are also looking to support music teachers/
instrument instructors to develop the skills and confidence to teach children
with ASN to play an instrument too.
If your child wears splints then you probably know the slight feeling of dread when they get a new pair. Immediately shoes don't fit and so starts the hunt for splints friendly shoes.
Based on our past experience I can recommend kids kickers, Lelly Kelly s and if all else fails pull the insole out. I know you will all have your own recommendations and please do share.
However for a girl of 11 you want more than to pick shoes that fit. There's a shop full of shoes that you can't even look at and just once in a while it would be fun to get shoes purely on look. Well today we did it, managed to fit splints into a pair of vans - purrfect
So come join in the hashtag and share your #shoesandsplints pics, whether they are functional, stylish or anything in between. That way we will all know where to look the next time new shoes are needed