Our Portage Team have recorded some video stories for young ones. They have also filmed some activity ideas to do in the home.
Kingston Parent Carer Forum came across this document that contains a wealth of advice and a range of activities for families to try at home. It has been adapted for use within Kingston, and our thanks to Cardiff and Vale University Health Board for their permission to do this.Download Supporting Children with learning disability and ASD (opens a pdf)
The Lighthouse Project Online- Thursdays @ 6:45pm
An opportunity for members to catch up with one another about what we have been up to and share ideas on activities to keep busy at home. Each week we will have a different activity/topic for discussion.
Please note the Lighthouse Project is for young people age 11-24 with ASD and ADHD and by referral only. Please contact Meg Scott for further information. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Local groups are offering online activities for children and young people. Please check websites for details. Here are some links to groups that we know are offering this:
Activity Station are continuing to host interactive online Art, Music and Drama sessions. If you are interested, please email them at email@example.com or call us on 07444 881962 and they will send you an invitation to join these sessions.
Click to subscribe to Mencap TV on their YouTube channel.
SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) resources, activities and support to help you and your family during lockdown.
Soundabout Live! - interactive music-making session for people of all ages with SLD and PMLD. Sessions will run at 2pm on Tuesdays and Saturdays led by different members of the Soundabout music practitioner team.
Visit the Soundabout Facebook page to join in.
Visit the Soundabout YouTube channel for more content online.
Visit the Soundabout website to find out more about what they offer.
Dramatize shall be live streaming and uploading videos onto their website to provide an activity/ entertainment whilst in isolation.
Every day there will be both a live stream and video uploaded at the following times (please be patient if they are running a bit late)…
9am – Morning Mix-Up Live Stream on Facebook
10am – Video Upload on our website
1pm – Exercise session Live Stream on Facebook
3pm – Video Upload on our website
The videos can be found via this link or here Facebook page
The sessions will be adapted so that people can take part safely from the comfort of their own home (even your armchair) and will be suitable for EVERYONE! People with a range of abilities and disabilities will be able to participate, including children who are off school and elderly people who are social distancing. It will be a great way to keep active, boost your mental health and take your mind off the outside world!
The sessions will be disability led, driven by our Dance Leaders with learning disabilities. DanceSyndrome Founder Jen Blackwell and her fellow Dance Leaders will be delivering these sessions remotely from their own homes in collaboration with our professional Dance Artists to offer high quality online dance sessions.
Online dance sessions will be as follows:
Monday 11:15am – Ballet techniques
Monday 1:00pm – Street Dance techniques
Monday 2:15pm Jazz techniques
Tuesday 11am – Everybody Dance
Wednesday 10:15am – Everybody Dance
Wednesday 11am – Everybody Dance
Wednesday 12:30pm – Contemporary dance techniques
Wednesday 1:30pm – Creative dance activities
Thursday 10:30am – Everybody Dance
Saturday 10:30am – Everybody Dance
Downs' Syndrome Association - Keeping fit and healthy at home
The Down's Syndrome Association have put together some videos of exercises you can do at home with everyday objects, including a chair, cartons and some tins.
Exercising at home (opens an external website)
Thanks to Metro Blind Sport for these links:
Dom Thorpe is a personal trainer who specialises in working with disabled people to help them get fit and healthy - Top 10 Home Exercises for disabled people with varying abilities!
Eyes-Free Fitness® audio exercise programs. All programs are completely free. These programs allow you to stretch, strengthen, condition, and tone your body, all without the benefit of eyesight.
These were kindly given for free for use from Mel Scott, who created a website called BlindAlive.com, Mel who is blind, brought together a team of fitness instructors, musicians, and audio editors in order to provide a variety of exercise programs for people who need or prefer non-visual cues while exercising. – Now they are all free to download and share.
Story Massage offer positive touch activites for home, schools and communities. The Story Massage Programme offers a fun and interactive way of combining the creativity of story with the benefits of positive touch. Everyone can join in, whatever age or ability. It is suitable for children and adults. During the lockdown period they have free resources on their website and are offering live ‘follow-along’ sessions every Tuesday and Thursday at 2pm on their Facebook page. Each day there is one short nursery rhyme and one longer massage story making it suitable for all ages and abilities.
Shabang Inclusive Learning is an award winning, specialist charitable arts organisation delivering projects to children with additional needs and their families.
They create and deliver events for families and perform accessible shows with music and songs which they sign in Makaton (communication sign language for people with additional needs). They are offering activities digitally on Youtube and Facebook.