Another successful grading night at our regular karate sessions.

Since starting the HFT karate sessions in February 2016 our group has grown nicely. Five of the children who started lessons in January this year have tonight successfully ocmpleted their red belt grading, and all did a brilliant job.

well done to our fantastic karate kids and their excellent teachers.

The HFT committee would like to say a very big thank you to Dr H Almasri and the staff at Hematogenix Laboratory Services Ltd for their very kind donation of £500. We would also like to thank Roz, a regular HFT member since we began in 2013, for nominating us.

The money will go towards payment of the fuse for our monthly meet-ups and to help fund additional activities.

Thank you.

well what fun we all had on our recent visit to Challenge 4 Change

The group of children and some parents had a go at many challenging activities like climbing across a huge pile of car tyres, which was a great test of co-ordination. They worked brilliantly as a team to build a structure with a set number of tyres.

they all had a go at the assault course and helped their team mates out along the way.

they also bravely ventured up to the high obstacle course, again a great test of co-ordination skills and bravery. Some were nervous, some excited, but a good day was had by all.

HFT would like to say a massive thank you to the Challenge 4 Change staff for being so inclusive, especially Denis & Nick who supported the group on the day.

 

 

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The High-functioning Trafford committee and our karate kids (and their families), would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to Cartwright’s of Altrincham for their very kind cash donation. It enabled us to buy a karate outfit (gi) for each of the children, a license each and to put them through their first grading to earn a red belt.

The children have all been attending lessons (specially for children with high-functioning autism and their siblings), for several months and are really enjoying learning  a new skill.  For them it is about so much more than learning a martial art – karate  also helps with their listening and concentration, aids hand-eye co-ordination and cross-body movements (which in turn can help with reading), helps with spacial awareness, builds stamina and self-esteem, plus it is a great way for them to access an out-of-school activity with their siblings and others who have the same difficulties, where they are understood and accepted and can work to their own level.

Last Friday, 4th November, was the first session where the children wore their new gi’s – we all thought they looked fantastic and the children were very proud of their new kit. They had a fantastic session, all putting in extra effort and enthusiasm.

                 FROM WHITE BELTS TO RED – WELL DONE EVERYONE

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Red belts achieved

We also want to take this opportunity to say a massive thanks to Ian, Hayley and Tony at Sale Dojo who are all brilliant with the children – they are so patient, understanding and encouraging, which brings the best out in our children.

HFT were recently asked to review this book. MIchelle read through it and gave the following feedback:

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The author has excellent insight into how a person with autism sees things, he is clearly a good observer and listens to the families he works with.

The book contains a great range of examples/individual experiences showing the differences from one person with asc to another.

I especially liked Chapter 4 ‘trust, fear & control’ and Chapter 8 ‘wisdom form the circle’.

Every parent should read this book, regardless of how long autism has been part of their life. We’ve known about my daughters autism for 10 of her 12 years and i like to think i have a good understanding of it but this book explains things in such a way that i am now seeing things from a different angle. Sometimes parents need reminding of the small things that affect our children in a huge way. Autism is a life long journey for the parents as well as he individual with the diagnosis – we must never assume we know everything about it, its a constant learning curve. This book shows that perfectly.

The book would also be a huge benefit to teachers and professionals involved in working with people with asc.

Today the HFT youngsters had great fun making their own pizzas.

They started by flattening the dough into the pans, spreading it with tomato sauce, adding a selection of toppings (and taste testing them as they worked) and finally they topped them off with cheese. The pizzas were cooked by the staff and then served up to the makers to eat.

This was a great activity enjoyed by all. It was great for the children to socialise and have fun whilst also working on fine motor skills and sensory work.

 

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This week we had a chocolate making session, run by Oliver’s Chocolate Parties. The children had a great time making and decorating skulls, shoes, mobile phone and lollipops, and some even gave themselves chocolate beards and moustaches.

They all got a Choc Star certificate for taking part and creating great some fantastic (and tasty) personalised chocolate creations.

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A massive WELL DONE and THANK YOU to Susie, an HFT member since the start in 2013, who ran the Manchester 10K in June and organised a joint fundraiser night on 8th July.

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Susie very kindly chose HFT as her good cause and managed to raise over £700, which will help us to keep providing social opportunities for children with high-functioning autism.

WELL DONE SUSIE

 

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On Easter Sunday we had a special visit from Animal Ash and a selection of animals: a skink, a giant snail, a tortoise, a tarantula, beetles, a frog, a tegu and a snake.

Animal Ash was brilliant with the children. He gave them lots of interesting facts about each animal and was very patient when asked lots of questions about each of them. He was excellent at getting the children to step outside of their comfort zones and encouraged some of the reluctant ones to touch the animals and then hold them.

All the children had a great time and really enjoyed the session. They all showed great bravery – though some of the parents were seen running for cover when the tarantula was brought out 🙈🕷😱

 

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HFT would like to say a huge thank you to two GMP police officers who very kindly ran a Road Safety Awareness session for us today.

The children listened whilst the PC explained the importance of road safety. She kept them engaged well by asking questions throughout and also provided visual information to back up what she was saying. The children were each given an information pack to take home which included a road safety awareness leaflet, wordsearch, crossword and road safety quiz.

As well as listening to the very informative talk, the children got to put what they had learned into practice by crossing some nearby roads in groups, accompanied by the PC.

And to top it all they even got to have a sit in a police car and press the siren.

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A fab time was had by all – thank you GMP.

It was also great to hear how GMP officers are having autism training to learn how to spot when somebody might be on the spectrum and the best and most appropriate ways to deal with them.

useful roadsafety websites:

Think:  http://think.direct.gov.uk/education/early-years-and-primary/pupils/over-7s/play/

Brake: http://www.brake.org.uk/schools-communities/young-people-and-road-safety