After School

IS THIS SERVICE FOR YOU?

Are you…

  • Facing the challenge of not having any available activities designed for your child’s needs after school?
  • Interested in a club for your child that works on social and life skills in a fun and exciting manner?
  • Looking for a way to encourage your child to meet new friends and other people that may struggle with communication and making friendships as well?

Then consider how you and your child might benefit from one of our after-schoolclubs. And know that all our after school clubs are funded by Achieving for Children through Aiming High funding.

How can our ‘AFTER SCHOOL’ CLUBS help you?

At EnhanceAble we run three ‘after school’ clubs

  • KITES – for older children (aged 11-18) with Asperger’s or high-functioning Autism
  • RIBBONS – for younger children (aged 5-11) with Asperger’s or high-functioning Autism. 
  • FLYERS – for children with more complex health and/or physical disabilities.

With each of these clubs, we aim to support young people to improve their social and life skills… to make friends and meet others with a similar diagnosis… and, above all, to have fun.

A WORD ABOUT OUR STAFF

Whichever the Club – be it Kites, Ribbons or Flyers – your child will be looked after by exceptional staff who are not only highly trained, but also extremely empathic and understanding towards each child.

In particular, they know how to be responsive to situations where a child can become anxious or unsure of themselves. Equally, they pride themselves on their capacity to encourage each child to achieve their goals… and to become confident and comfortable in situations where typically they are not.

WHEN ONE FAMILY HELPS ANOTHER

Many of the parents of children who attend these groups are happy to speak to parents of prospective users, or if you are a teenager wishing to come, we can buddy you up with someone to be with you during your first session.

HOW KITES AND RIBBONS BEGAN

These ‘After School’ clubs are the direct outcome of EnhanceAble talking and listening to young people who have Asperger’s Syndrome or high functioning Autism.

Back in 2010, EnhanceAble launched and funded an initial three-month pilot scheme which was incredibly successful, resulting in the receipt of funding from ‘Kingston Aiming High’. We are extremely grateful to Achieving for Children for continuing to fund the Kites, Flyers and Ribbons.

Kites

Who its for:

Kite is a free service run by EnhanceAble offering ‘after-school’ support groups for young people (aged 11-18) in Kingston and Richmond with Asperger’s Syndrome or high functioning Autism.

NB: There is flexibility around which group participants can join: the 11 to 14 group or the 14 to 18 group.

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Kites

What it offers:

The children and young people who attend the Kite Groups develop their social skills, life skills and communication through structured activities and play. The activities are very broad-ranging, from life discussions and games to cooking dinners. 

When it happens:

Kite Clubis held fortnightly in each town and during these sessions we focus on independence skills such as learning to cook, iron, travelling on public transport, assertiveness and personal safety. ‘

Kite Communityis held on alternate Saturdays and includes varied outings and fun evenings. EnhanceAble regularly consults with the Kite members for ideas and feedback.   Usually different age groups meet and go out separately, but sometimes they join together for a special outing or event.

Examples of group activities include:

  • Football at a local 5-a-side football centre
  • Themed golf at a local adventure golf centre Read more
  • Bowling at a local bowling alley
  • Visited local restaurants
  • Cinema visits
  • Fun days out at Chessington World of Adventures
  • Wii games evenings
  • Themed party evenings such as Christmas and Halloween
  • Ice skating at Hampton Court Palace
  • Rock Climbing
  • Visiting the Trampoline Centre- AirHop
  • Quiz Nights
  • Themed Dinners cooked by the young people

INTERESTED?

To find out more about the Kites groups, contact: Justine Flood or Chloe Moss.

Ribbons

Who its for:

Ribbons is a free service run by EnhanceAble offering after-school support groups for young people (aged 5 to 11) in the Royal Borough of Kingston and Richmond with Asperger’s Syndrome/High Functioning Autism.

NB: There is flexibility around which group participants can join: the age 5 to 7 group or the age 8 to 11 group.

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Ribbons

What it offers:

The children and young people who attend a Ribbons Groups develop their social skills, life skills and communication through structured activities and play. The activities are very broad-ranging, from playing games, having short accessible discussions, using social stories, and practising and rehearsing skills in a fun way.

When it happens:

Ribbons meets 6 times each week across Richmond and Kingston

Examples of group activities include:

Themed, traditional games eg. Duck, Duck Goose. Creative Opportunities eg. making giant cardboard structures and painting them outdoors. Spending time outdoors and in nature (whether that’s with our sandpit and trampoline at Geneva Road or out in Richmond Park), discussions about our week – talking about the Rubbish and Flowers in our lives. Learning social skills through stories and play: turn taking, listening, expression, giving responses, understanding feelings.

INTERESTED?

To find out more about the Ribbons groups, contact: Justine Flood or Chloe Moss.

Flyers

Who its for:

Flyers is an after school club for children aged 5-11 with complex health and/or physical disabilities.

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Flyers

What it offers:

The children and young people who attend the Flyer Groups develop their social skills, life skills and communication through structured activities and play. The activities are very broad-ranging, from imaginary adventures and singing to role playing and are often designed to help foster friendship and participation, 

When it happens:

Every Tuesday 4.00 – 5.30 at The Geneva Road Centre in Kingston and on Mondays in Richmond

Examples of group activities include:

Singing, poems, stories, art and craft, games, imaginary adventures* – role playing that explores roles and emotions, activities using Makaton. We are constantly looking for imaginative new ways to make all our activities accessible, and make full use the garden, and our sensory room and sensory toys. We ensure that Flyers activities are accessible for all the children who attend

* The imaginary adventures are particularly popular. To take one example, the Flyers recently ‘went all Egyptian’ – making pipe cleaner pharaohs, writing their names in hieroglyphics, creating scarab beetles out of foil, and using our interactive floor and projectors in the sensory room to trek through the desert hunting for hidden Egyptian treasures.

INTERESTED?

To find out more about the Flyers groups, contact: Justine Flood or Chloe Moss.