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?
  • Does your child have an EHCP or is being assessed for one?

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. 

How can our ‘AFTER SCHOOL’ CLUBS help you and your child?

Our clubs aim to support young people to improve their social and life skills.

Create new friendships and meet others with a similar diagnosis… and, above all, have fun!

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 (aged 5-18) with more complex health and/or physical disabilities.

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 with Asperger’s Syndrome or high functioning Autism.

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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 on Tuesdays at The Geneva Road Centre in Kingston (only during term time). During these sessions we focus on independence skills such as learning to cook, iron, practice social skills through role play, assertiveness and personal safety.

Examples of group activities include:

  • Games evenings
  • Themed party evenings
  • Baking, cooking, and menu planning
  • Movie Nights
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Sports Activities
  • Computer Skills

INTERESTED?

To find out more about the Kites groups, contact Carrie Milne

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 with Asperger’s Syndrome/High Functioning Autism.

 

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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:

Every Monday 4.00 – 5.30 pm at The Geneva Road Centre in Kingston (only during school term time)

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 Carrie Milne

Flyers

Who its for:

Flyers is a free service run by EnhanceAble offering after-school support groups for young people (aged 5 to 18) in the Royal Borough of Kingston 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 (only during school term time).

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 Carrie Milne