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We offer experiential arts sessions for children at our Centre

 

What are experiential arts?

Experiential arts are all about the creative experience of producing art, crafts, dance, drama, photography or film. The focus is on the experience itself, rather than the output, as a way to express yourself in a safe and supportive space.

 

Who are these sessions for?

The sessions are suitable for children and young people aged 7-16 who have movement disorders due to conditions such as:

  • cerebral palsy
  • global developmental delay
  • acquired brain injury
  • Down’s Syndrome (if the child has delayed development or difficulties with movement).

We are happy to accept children or young people with other disabilities or special needs to the sessions, subject to assessment.

 

When do the sessions take place?

We’re running the sessions in six-week blocks on Saturdays during term time, starting on 3 November 2018. If you are interested in your child coming,  we will invite you to come to a free informal assessment on a Saturday from September.

 

How long does a session last?

One hour.

 

How many children attend each session?

The sessions are usually for one child but we can accept two children together (if they have similar needs – subject to the assessment).

 

How can experiential arts help my child?

Experiential arts allow the child or young person to feel free and express their emotions. There is no right or wrong.

Taking part can involve lots of useful skills helping the child with, for example, their communication, hand-eye coordination, mobility, thinking and social skills.

The sessions are also fun and help build self-esteem and confidence.

 

What happens in the sessions?

Anne Onwusiri, the former Arts Project Co-ordinator at Woodstar School, runs the sessions. She has extensive experience working with children who have movement disorders due to conditions such as cerebral palsy and with children who have learning disabilities.

She will gently help the child or young person to choose what they want to focus on in the session and support them through the activity to ensure they get the most out of it.

 

Should parents attend?

Parents don’t take part in the sessions but, if it is a group session, we ask parents to stay onsite to see what’s happening from our one-way observation room.

 

How much do the sessions cost?

We charge £20 per session for one child and £15 per child if two children attend the same session.