News & Events

If you have any news and events that you think would be of interest to others, be they students, parents, carers, staff or the wider community, please let us know.

Email us at admin@blossomhouseschool.co.uk

and we shall try and put in on the website as soon as possible.

Sibs Group

for brothers and sisters of disabled children & adults

Sibs is a charity which supports people who have a disabled brother or sister.

Blossom House has been running a Siblings Group for over 6 years. The aim of this group is for siblings of pupils to have fun together and share their experiences of having a brother or sister with a disability, SEN, or a serious long-term condition. Children are invited to participate in games, crafts, and activities that give them space to meet other children with similar experiences.

For more information, please click on the link to our Sibs Group page.

Sensory experience with horses

by Time to Shine Kids Ltd

A sensory experience with horses for children (and family) with learning difficulties including Autism, ADHD and sensory processing difficulties.

This event provides the opportunity to be with horses from the ground (no riding involved). Activities will include grooming, observing and reading non-verbal body language, interacting and building a relationship and connection with them. There will be the opportunity to lead the horses as well if children want to.

Benefits of attending:
• Being around horses is proven to reduce anxiety and stress hormones
• Calming and grounding in a non-judgmental environment 
• Develop a relationship and connection with another being
• Improved emotional wellbeing

Who should attend:
• SEN Children and families

LOCATION

Lower Morden Equestrian Centre

Off Garth Road

Morden

SM4 4NL

Movers & Makers

Inclusive Kids Holiday Camps

21st - 25th October 2019

9.30 am - 3.30pm

Rosendale Community Centre, SE24 9DR

£35/day per child aged 6 - 12 years

Click here for a link to a leaflet on the event. 

Helping Children deal with frightening events.

See here for a link to a leaflet which has been designed to help adults understand how children and young people might react to frightening events, and to give some ideas of what might help. Further copies are available from www.traumaticstress.org.uk

SHAPE CODING App

 

Moor House School & College have developed an app, currently only available for iOS that might be of interest.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/shape-coding/id1246115171?mt=8

The app is designed to help children and young people who are having difficulties producing and understanding English sentence structure and grammar.

It is a good app, but it might not make complete sense if you don’t know how shape coding works. We have it at the school at the moment and it is a good way to practise using the shapes.

This video is a really useful introduction to Shape Coding 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ot-uekkC560

The Bright and Light Group

A therapeutic art and social skills group for boys and girls age 7-10

This group is for children who may find making friends, meeting new people and engaging in different social situations challenging.

The sessions will run on alternate Saturday mornings in the autumn term from 11.30-12.30. The dates for this term are 15th and 29th September, 13th October, 3rd and 17th November and 1st December.

The children will develop their skills and confidence through a range of fun communication games and art activities.  Group art is a great way to make friends, share worries and be imaginative together.

Six sessions can be booked in advance for £120. This cost will include a pre-group consultation and a parents’ evening meet up to share strategies and provide support.

There will be no more than six children in the group. A small group feels safer and allows children to build relationships quicker.

Please email me at simone.siddle@gmail.com if you would like to reserve a place or if you have any further questions.

The Grayble Social Club

The Grayble Social Club is based in Hackbridge and the club is aimed at adults aged between 18-35 years. Abbey started the club to help support adult members of the local community with special needs find a place to socialise in and learn new skills. They run every other Thursday from 7:30pm – 9:30pm and they provide various activities and workshops. If you know of anyone who may be interested please direct them to our website.

www.thegraybleclub.co.uk

Karate Therapy for all children with SEN

 

See here for a link to an old leaflet about Karate Therapy. The classes are designed specifically to support children with special education needs to improve gross and fine motor skills, social interaction, sensory processing and self-regulation. Charlotte is currently running classes at venues in Worcester Park, Raynes Park and near Balham/Clapham area.

For more information or to book, please contact Charlotte O'Reilly on charlotte@otplay.co.uk or 07539939478

The National Autistic Society

Please see attached for a generic leaflet from The National Autistic Society.

Coffee, Cake and Living with Autism

 

You are invited to the parents & carers Coffee Mornings. Every second Tuesday in Clapham Common. 

Please click here for more information and a poster.

Events and Groups Coming Up...

 

Please find below a list of some events and groups coming up or recently started in the area. Some of them may be of interest to parents, carers and pupils.

 

Learning to touch type is a life skill that can significantly improve the quantity and quality of written work.  It is particularly beneficial for children with fine motor skill difficulties as well as short-term memory and processing difficulties.

 

Working alongside Amanda McLeod Centre for Learning we run Saturday sessions during school term time and intensive

courses during school holidays. 

 

Lessons take place at Joseph Hood Primary School, Raynes Park, SW20-9NS

 

Bookings are now being taken for our Spring Term groups starting on 10th March.

 

To book a place and find out more visit their website.

The Curly Hair Project

What is the CHP?

“I love the curly hair project. It’s helped me understand what ASD means far more than any other source.”

ASD causes difficulty ‘reading’ others and understanding social interaction. Most work so far is on the male presentation – the different challenges for females are just starting to be explored.

The curly hair project (CHP) is a social enterprise with worldwide appeal dedicated to supporting females with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) and other autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Here is a brief overview of the CHP business model.

Please click here for more information.

Home-Start Merton

Home-Start Merton exists to enable families experiencing stress or difficulties to meet the needs of their children 0-11

Please click here for more information.

Knots Arts Group

Drama and youth group sessions for children and young people with social and communication needs.

Please click here for more information.

Family Holiday Destination

 

There's a new holiday centre on the Isle of Wight, designed with personal experience to accommodate families with autistic family members. Spectrum Breaks has sent us an information leaflet for anyone interested.

We have compiled a list of various groups and activities in and around the local area.

Please click here for more information.

Enable Leisure & Sport support and coordinate opportunities for adults and children with a disability. You can get involved and find out about specific sports and physical activities tailored for people with a disability.

Click here to view their website.

Click here to view all disability sport going on in Wandsworth.

Blossom Lower School & Upper House

Principal: Joanna Burgess Dip.C.S.T, MPCSLT, Dip.R.S.A SpLD. PGCE

Station Road 

Motspur Park

New Malden, KT3 6JJ

t/ 020 8946 7348

f/ 020 8944 5848

admin@blossomhouseschool.co.uk