Our Clearly Cool Youth Clubs are for children and young people who have a diagnosis of, or are suspected as having ASD/Asperger’s Syndrome and associated special needs or barriers to learning which include issues such as Specific Learning Difficulties, Dyslexia and/or Dyspraxia, Tourette’s Syndrome, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, ADHD, D.A.M.P. and associated behavioural and communication difficulties.
We have worked really hard to build a club which meets the needs of all those children and young people who come to Clearly after feeling they do not fit in, or who feel they are not included in local clubs or activities in their school.
So many of those we work with eventually return to their local clubs or peer activities but with greater confidence and increased social communication skills learns at their specialist clubs with Clearly and are able to feel like they are included and like they are able to better manage and build new friendships.
The activities we run provide discrete care and support to all our members. Clearly Cool Club look like any other routine youth club or activity days from your local area providers apart from the much lower number of participants and higher number of adult supporters. This allows our specialist and trained staff to support your children and young adults to more successfully build friendships and to enjoy their time with us in a safe and supportive environment.
All sessions help to improve social communication skills with activities and crafts planned to help all members attending to have a go with as much independence as possible and to participate with peers so that we can encourage local friendships and more positive peer relationships.
At current we are running a youth club every two weeks, which are held on Sundays at Buckingham Youth Centre, partnership funded by Buckinghamshire County Council, Short Breaks Program;
Juniors 5 – 12 year olds: 10am – 12pm
Seniors 13 – 19 year olds: 1pm – 3.30pm
The youth clubs allow us to work more closely with children and young people and in a safe, supportive environment, while teaching more appropriate social communication skills.
We also support young people with issues regarding peer and family relationships to enable to recognise how their behaviour may cause others to react negatively towards them and therefore, how to change their behaviour to gain a response which is more appropriate or positive.
Our aim is to provide relaxed, fun but calm environments which suit the needs of the children and young people we are working with.
We are able to set up activities which cater for specific areas of special needs and disabilities, e.g. we have a range of sensory equipment and can offer regular sessions for families to book or for local groups working with children with more severe sensory needs or learning disabilities to come in and use the centre with the support of our staff and volunteers.
We also have a wide range of games and fun which we support all the club members to join in with. Juniors always enjoy parachute-games to end their session, a chance to play together and have great fun at the same time as being active and safe.
Cost: £3.50 for the first child, £3.00 for the second and £2.00 for the third
(Concessions are available for families on low incomes or income related benefits, please ask and this will be discussed in private)
Bring 50p for the tuck shop which is opened half way through clubs
(Children are all supported to count up their money as they spend it and take turns, cue and speak up clearly as they ask for what they want. These are all essential social communication skills which help all our members to mix with peers and to build their confidence and self-esteem within any other local environment)
If you are interested in registering your child to participate in our Clearly Cool Youth Club or any of our other activity clubs, we will require you to complete a registration form which can be requested via phone on 01280 824871. Once we receive your form, we will contact you to come meet our special needs consultant Janet Nicks who will meet both you and your child/young person to assess their needs and explain in further detail what we can provide
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If you have a change in contact details during your child’s time at Clearly Speaking, please get in touch ASAP so we can update our records.
YOU MUST BOOK YOUR CHILD IN ADVANCE VIA PHONE ON 01280 824871 FOR EVERY SESSION AS WE HAVE LIMITED PLACES FOR ALL OUR ACTIVITY CLUBS, IF YOU TURN UP ON THE DAY WITHOUT BOOKING YOUR CHILD IN, WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE YOU CHILD/YOUNG PERSONS ENTRY.