The area of additional needs in children is truly vast and the Spectrum projects are designed and created to help alleviate that. An example of just some of the areas we presently support and are not limited to, are as follows: Autism (ASD), Dyspraxia, Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD), Global Development Delay (GDD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Epilepsy, Aspergers, Sensory Processing Disorder, Cerebral Palsy & Hyper-mobility.
As part of our development we are constantly analysing the services and features that we provide, as well as considering new ones. Our projects focus around social and communication development skills, support sensory needs and maintaining a fun aspect to them. Where we can we will always try to include an educational element alongside them and consider such areas as the arts and environment too whilst utilising technology and interaction.
All of our projects are areas that we need to fundraise for, gain donations and work with the external grant funders and corporate partners to make happen. We have been fortunate to see fantastic support from the local community in many ways and a great belief in the work that we do.
Here are some of the projects that we are working on at the present time.
EVENTS & DAYS OUT
Supporting access to the leading UK and local events and enabling families to take advantage of learning, fun, sport and arts they would normally struggle to cope with as just a family unit.
An extended stay, overseas event. Providing the families we support, the opportunity to take in the magic of Disney alongside other families understanding of the challenges they face.
A dedicated coastal retreat for the families we support across East Anglia and beyond. The location is sensory focused and fully equipped to offer respite and short breaks to meet their needs, as well as being more financially viable.
The implementation of a small team of both full time and part time staff. They will be challenged with not only supporting our existing membership base and growth rate but building upon it, actively creating more opportunities and experiences.
Embracing technology and education via delivering media facilities, video, photography and digital content paths. Providing a series of routes to harness creativity, provide engaging learning, assist visual preparation and of course, fun.
SPORT & WELL BEING
An expanded programme to sample a range of different sports and fitness orientated activities. The programme is designed to encourage a healthier lifestyle, increase mental well being across solo, team and family designed opportunities.
A central hub for our support that will provide dedicated sessions in an engaging sensory considered environment. The cornerstone of our work, foundation for the future and embracing the community and local business.
A solution to benefit all seasons with the senses at the heart of everything. The provision of lots of colour, different ranges of smells, musical considerations for sound and of course a multitude of different textures to experience.
SUPPORTING LIFE & WORK SKILLS
Providing volunteering and apprenticeship opportunities within our environment. This will assist individuals looking to learn new skills and commercial organisations wishing their staff to play a more active role in the community. The work will focus on building key working skills for those children we support transitioning into employment or extended education, as well as for building experience in working with individuals with Autism and additional needs.
SENSORY ROOM & ROLE PLAY
The provision of a modular Sensory Room utilising different fixed and handheld formats that focus on tactile, visual and aural considerations. Role play introductions to harness the power of imagination and creativity to improve social skills, interaction and group working while having alot of fun.