Let’s Play: Creativity & Connection – One to One sessions for children on the Autistic Spectrum.
Let’s Play offers fun one to one creative sessions for children (6-10 years) on the autistic spectrum in their own home. Its main aims are to truly connect with the child, encourage fun and playful interaction, increase confidence and develop creativity. Children with autism often find it difficult to connect, interact with others and express themselves. This added to being under daily pressure to conform to society’s expectations and norms can result in anxiety and sometimes a sense that they don’t quite fit in. This course is a space for the child to be acknowledged and celebrated for who they are… while also having a lot of fun.
Let’s play combines drama, art & craft and play techniques and approaches and takes into consideration the unique interests and predisposition of the child. Sessions are practical and specially tailored to each individual child’s ability with a commitment to exploring what helps us to connect and what we can create together. The one to one nature means the child has undivided attention within a familiar environment.
This is a pilot programme. For now, sessions are offered in the clients home within greater south & west Dublin areas and outskirts e.g. Bray. I will be scheduling sessions to commence from week beginning 17th July until end of August 2017. Each sessions lasts 40 – 50 mins approx with time for debrief and clean up after (1 hour in total).
Cost: For the pilot phase this summer I am offering sessions at a reduced rate of €25 per hour.
Information/ Booking: To find out more/ book a pre-meeting (no extra charge/ obligation) contact Carol on firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 086 3553026. Feel free to ask any questions no matter how small.
What is the pre-meeting for?
For both parties to learn more and meet each other, ask any questions etc. To discuss the child’s interests and any practical queries e.g. where is best in the house to work/ how many sessions/ frequency etc. I recommend six to begin however there is no obligation to book a certain amount and after each we will assess how it is going. The aim is the child enjoys the sessions.
Who am I: I am a theatre maker, performer and drama facilitator. I also have experience working for 7 years as a special needs assistant in a school for children with autism. During this time I have loved finding out different ways of connecting with the children I’ve worked with, exploring ways to enter their world & express what they’re interested in.
I have over 15 years experience facilitating drama workshops & creating theatre with children and young people (and adults) in various settings – schools, youth theatres, community groups etc. My previous employers have included Youth Theatre Ireland; Dublin Youth Theatre; Dyspraxia Ireland and the Vocational Education Committee. Last year, in collaboration with Niamh Lawlor of PúcaPuppets, I was awarded a Performing Arts Award from Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to create a new piece of theatre that was inclusive of children on the autistic spectrum and/ or those with a learning disability. The project was mentored by Tim Webb of Oily Cart – an internationally renowned theatre company who specialise in creating performances for early ears audiences, children with autism and/or those with learning disabilities.
Finally, I am trained in drama facilitation with Artstrain, Youth Theatre Ireland’s drama facilitation programme, and in movement and Lecoq based physical theatre from The London International School of Performing Arts. I will bring all of this experience combined with a deep curiosity and passion to create imaginative, fun and playful sessions for children on the spectrum and beyond.
I am Garda vetted and references are available on request.