We look at summer activities for children and young adults with autism, learning disabilities and other special educational needs.
Enjoy this selection of SEN-friendly activities for this Summer in London.
Having a SEN-friendly Summer in London
Finding SEN-friendly activities for summer for children and young adults with autism, learning disabilities and other special educational needs (SEN) in and around London can be a challenge. During the pandemic this is even trickier than usual. We have done a round-up on some of the events and outings that you may still enjoy at this time with your family. Here is a selection of our favourites:
Online Summer School
Sing, dance, and laugh your way with your children by participating in theatre and dance-themed #EveryHomeATheatre challenges from Mousetrap Theatre Projects. Revisit past challenges or join their Online Summer School here. There are 90-minute drama workshops available on Zoom daily. Age groups from 7 to 19 are catered for.
A SEN-friendly Cinema Outing – because it’s always better on the big screen!
The Autism Friendly Screenings at Odeon Cinema are ideal for families with a child with special educational needs. Here you can all enjoy a film in an environment designed for people with Asperger’s Syndrome or who are on the autism spectrum. Low lights are left on inside the auditorium during the film and the soundtrack is quieter than it would be in a regular film screening. Another difference is that there are no trailers screened before the main film at AFS screenings. Audience members are also not restricted from moving around, making a noise or taking a break in the middle of the film screening. Some Odeon cinemas reopened on the 4th of July and protocols are in place to ensure that they offer a safe cinema experience. Enquire on their website.
Museum of London – Listen and Learn from Home
Outings may provide relief from cabin-fever but some of you may feel more comfortable with stay-home practices at the moment. However, you can still have enjoyable cultural experiences with the family. The Museum of London is always a wonderful outing in this regard. During the pandemic, the museum has made a number of virtual tours and other activities available. You might feel encouraged to know that some of these are also ‘screen-free’. Find out more here.
SEN-friendly learning with 3D objects
Also at the Museum of London, it is possible for students with learning difficulties to still get up close and personal with objects in 3D. A range of 3D objects with resources designed specifically for students with special educational needs and disabilities is available.
Historic Royal Palaces
For lots of ideas and resources online to help your children continue exploring history and the wider world without having to step outside the front door during the summer can be found here.
These five top history resources will keep your kids learning AND smiling while you’re staying home together. Parental participation is optional.
SEN-Friendly Outdoor Wild Play
Allowing your child to participate in outdoor activities such as these outdoor games, woodland crafts, survival skills (including shelter-building and tracking among others), have been shown to be helpful for a variety of special needs, including:
The team at Outdoor Wild Play welcomes children with special needs to their sessions. They have a strict COVID-19 protocol in place for health and safety reasons. Contact them directly to discuss which venues are available and to answer any further questions you may have.
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