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

Karate kids

 

Well despite the bad weather we had a good turn out for our first karate taster lesson.  The children all enjoyed themselves and they all joined in brilliantly, showing great attention and listening skills and following instructions given by the coach really well.

The parents were all very proud and the coaches gave some lovely feedback.  Well done to everyone who came along. Looking forward to the next one now.

 

 

What lovely children we have attending our group.

Just this week one of our longest attending members, Kieran, has donated £50 to HFT from money he raised at a bake sale at his school.

HFT would like to say a big thank you to Kieran and his family for supporting the group in this way as every penny is very much appreciated and will be well spent.

Well done

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HFT are delighted to announce that we plan to run some karate lessons for members of HFT, aged 8-12, on Fridays 5.30 – 6.30pm, starting with a 2 week taster session, after which we will run a course of lessons (depending on numbers attending). Siblings aged 8 – 12 are also welcome to attend.

The cost will be £5 / child / session (payable in advance at or prior the first session).

Research shows that martial arts can be very beneficial to people with autism. It can help with attention, concentration, co-ordination, flexibility etc. and we are privileged to have found a great coach who has many years experience teaching karate but better still has worked with children and young adults who have autism or other SEN.

If you would like to register your child for a place please email hftrafford@outlook.com

 

A group of children from High-functioning Trafford have spent 9 weeks learning film-making skills like stop-frame animation, editing, script writing etc and they even got to use a green screen.

As well as learning new skills through the project they also gained confidence and self-esteem and had the opportunity to make new friends and develop their social skills.

All children really enjoyed making the film and having fun with their friends. One commented “I wish I could really travel back in time so I could go back and do film club all over again”

The premier night was a great success and family and friends were all extremely proud and thought the film was fantastic.

HFT would like to thank our funders for providing the much needed cash to provide such a unique and excellent opportunity for our children. We would also like to thank Lydia, Carmen and Leo for their work with the children and for inspiring them to produce such an amazing piece of work.

A HUGE Well done to everyone involved

HFT are pleased to be able to provide a 10 week ‘Film Club’ for children aged 10 – teens.

Film club, session 1, getting to know each other & brainstorming

This week we had our first session, where the children had fun getting to know a little about each other and sharing their likes and things they’re good at.

Over the coming weeks the children will learn what is involved in making a short film, including things like researching, script writing, interviewing, filming, acting, voice over, costume and set design etc.

This will be a great opportunity for children to learn a new skill, work together as a team and develop their social skills.

There will be a premier night for friends and family to come and view the films the children have made at the end of the course.

Starting on June 13th, HFT have been running fortnightly therapy sessions for children aged 7-11 who have dyspraxia or co-ordination issues alongside their autism.

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The sessions are provided by Twinkleboost and put together by a multi-disciplinary team who have taken the latest evidence based interventions from SALT, psychology and OT. The sessions are delivered by a Senior SALT and activities are designed to work on social communication, vocabulary, fine & gross motor, attention & listening skills and emotional understanding.

The children who have attended so far have enjoyed the small group sessions and have all engaged well with the SALT. They have took part in some fun activities, many of which can easily be practiced at home also.

 

 

 

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HFT are delighted to be able to offer parents/carers the chance to enjoy an 8 week Mindfulness & Relaxation course, provided by a qualified teacher with firsthand experience of autism & Asperger’s.

The aim of the course is to support physical and mental health and wellbeing. You will learn how to wind down from the stresses of the day and focus on the hear and now. What better way to have some quality ‘you time’!

No previous experience is necessary and all equipment will be provided. There is a charge of £3/session to help cover room hire.

Sessions are on Wednesday mornings, 10-12, at Flixton House on the following dates:

March 11th and 25th,  April 1st, 22nd and 29th,  May 6th, 13th and 20th.

For further info or to confirm you plan to attrnd please email hftrafford@outlook.com