1 June 2018
The ASDESI Holiday Kids Klub & Carers’ Network – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Amber Hall
I attended a seminar yesterday on ‘Building a Resilient Future for people with ASD’ with guest speakers Dr Wenn Lawson, Jeanette Purkis and Dr Emma Goodall. I particularly liked Dr Wenn Lawson’s comment that it’s about “being human, whichever spectrum we are on!”.
Extremely prominent throughout all the speeches and discussions was the following;
• reflect on what a person can do, focusing on a person’s strengths not deficits. At Interchange Australia we are proud to support our clients achieve their personal best. Recently at our Rock the Houses event parents and carers were proud to watch their family members showcase their talented musical abilities.
• importance of individuals being stretched and challenged within their capabilities. Recently a support worker said to me “I really enjoyed going with the clients to the circus workshop in Sydney because they were so proud of themselves by what they could do!”
• respectful, honest, open and authentic relationships. Families recognising each person’s individual strengths and skills. We are constantly supporting our client’s capabilities and showcasing their skills during our numerous events include art exhibitions, drama performances, musical performances including RockCan and other exciting events!
• supporting individuals to learn new skills by learning together. At Interchange Australia we have a wide range of qualified and empathic staff that support our clients to build their independence and improve their quality of life.
Families who attended our ASDESI Carers’ Network this week, actively engaged in discussions that included these points through the topic of Developing and Enhancing Life Skills. To secure your place at the next Carers’ Network on Tuesday 26th June on the topic of Strengthening Communication Skills and Friendships please register early.
Our popular ASDESI Holiday Kids Klub is a program that offers kids 6-18 years with ASD and their siblings to participate in a wide range of exciting activities, increase their self-confidence and make friendships. The next ASDESI Holiday Kids Klub will be held during the July school holidays on the following dates;
• Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th July
• Tuesday 17th, Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th July
Some of the fun activities and outings on offer this July include: cooking, tenpin bowling, Golden Ridge Animal Farm, a sports day at PCYC, music, mini golf, circus workshop, bush walk and movies. The cost to attend is $30/day per child. Activity cost includes entrance fees, transport and food (morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea). The hours for each day have been extended with a drop off time of 8:00am and a pick up time of 5:00pm.
Thank you to the Kollege of Knowledge Kommittee for Kids (KKKK) for their ongoing support of the ASDESI program. To register and benefit from these great programs or for further information please contact Amber on 4868 6677 or [email protected]