We have information on a number of resources
- Showroom KIC Start Launch Event
- Playschemes, Befriending Schemes and Social Activities
- Information for families/carers of adults with learning disabilities
- The Pre-school Inclusion Project (PIP)
- Adult provision
KIC Start is a series of low sensory impact screenings of children's films (reduced volume, house lights on and no subtitles) which it is hoped will be suitable for children with sensory hypersensitivity. As many children with autism have sensory hypersensitivities and find the environment of a cinema (too dark, too noisy, having to sit close to other people) distressing, these screenings are designed to be more accessible than the average cinema screening.
Following on from the huge success of the first 'KIC Start - Kids Inclusive Cinema' film screening in December, the Sheffield INDEX at Ryegate in conjunction with the Showroom Cinema and Contact A Family will be holding a KIC Start Cinema event every month.
Over 100 children, young people and their parents/carers came to the Christmas themed event on 16 December, where we enjoyed mince pies and the film Polar Express. Everyone had such a good time - feedback from parents and carers has been very positive.
The KIC Start Film screenings are for children with Autism, Aspergers Syndrome or Autistic Spectrum Disorders and their families, and are also suitable for any child with any disability who would enjoy seeing a film in a 'low sensory environment'. Do remember that the volume will be turned down, the house lights left on and the children will be able to move around and make as much noise as they like. A break-out / time out area will be available for those who need a break from the screen and film.
For further details and to book your place please contact Geraldine Walker on 0114 276 3534 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Films coming up include
James and the Giant Peach (U) - Saturday 14 April
Hallam Volunteering information
Out and About Befriending Scheme
A befriending scheme for teenagers with a learning disability or autistic spectrum disorder, specifically aimed at supporting them to take part in leisure and social activities.
For more information please contact
Sheffield Mencap and Gateway
Park Grange Road
Phone: 0114 276 7757
- Saturday Playscheme
- Sheffield Autistic Society Summer Playscheme
- Special Needs Inclusion Playcare Project
This is an information pack which is supplied free of charge. It is for the family carers of adults with learning disabilities and is designed to help carers to find the services they need, when they need them.
If you would like a copy please contact
c/o Sharing Caring Project
Park Grange Road
Phone: 0114 2758879
PIP provides support for children with additional needs within toddler groups, pre-schools and private nurseries who are members of the Pre-school Learning Alliance.
The project is run by a co-ordinator and has a team of four support workers who can offer one to one support to children with autism and other needs to enable their full inclusion within a Pre-school setting.
Our aim is to enable children with additional needs to enjoy and be part of pre-school sessions, to be offered the same opportunities as other children in their community.
We support and encourage groups to include children with special needs by working alongside the staff in the group to provide information and mentoring - on the spot training - on different techniques and ways of aiding your child's development. We also provide information and resources to assist groups to gain more knowledge and experience to enable them to offer an inclusive service.
The project also organises different types of training including Makaton and hosts a special needs conference each year to provide people with up to date information.
For more information about the PIP Project, please contact
11 Leopold Street
Phone: 0114 2498894
Autism Plus, Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Provides a range of residential and day services for adults with autism.
Whitegates, Sparken Hill, Worksop, Nottinghamshire
Nottingham Regional Society for Autistic Children and Adults (NORSACA) runs provision for adults with autism.
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