Today, Coach Holly Kim Parsons visited @theIsabellatrust in Liverpool to take part in a full days training around working with children with Autism, a mental condition, present from early childhood, characterised by great difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts.
Sadly, these children and young people often withdraw from physical contact, refuse to participate in typical classroom and playground activities, be unable to sit still in class, or respond in an unusual way to ordinary sensations such as touch, movement, sights and sounds. Holly learned about how autism leads to an inefficient processing of sensory messages that come from their body and environment often cause this unexpected behaviour.
The Isabella Trust is an organisation that aims to improve the quality of life of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Sensory Processing Difficulties by supporting their Families and Carers. They offer a range of training courses for people who live and work with children with autism to allow them to obtain a greater understanding of the difficulties that children and young people with these conditions face. As a result, this was an important course for Holly and our organisation because it forms part of a crucial learning and development process for us here at the Foundation.
This is not Holly's first experience of this because, for the last few months, our Foundation Coach has been working closely with a young gentleman with special needs by the name of Macauley Laing, (pictured). Some of you may have seen him and his fantastic energy in and around Underground Training Station doing 1 to 1 sessions that will help him develop not only his fitness, but his ability to process sensory information.
This has been a very positive experience for both Holly and Macauley and now we want to develop this experience further by expanding this type of work with the delivery of a programme with more children with autism, which is due to be launched soon.
We thank you for your continued interest and support.
The UTS Foundation - 0151 294 3172