Autism & SEN Climbing
Rock Up have launched Autism and SEN friendly climbing & soft play sessions to provide an opportunity for children with specific needs to enjoy our facilities in a quieter, calmer environment and meet other families facing similar issues.
Whilst all children benefit from physical exercise it can be specifically beneficial to those on the autistic spectrum. The National Autistic Society states the following on their website: “It is useful to encourage physical activities that are enjoyable without the need for imagination and understanding or use of language. Physical exercise is reported to diminish inappropriate behaviour and such activities are also helpful for improving problems of motor co-ordination…”
Our sessions are run in a calm and quiet environment with no music and limited capacity. They run every 3rd Saturday of the month at Rock Up in Birmingham and Whiteley and every 1st and 3rd Saturday in Hull.
We have produced a Visual Story of the Rock Up experience to help prepare guests for their visit and also provide Certificates of Achievement which can be completed by parents, carers or the on site teams. If you would like to receive a copy of the Visual Story in advance of your visit please email your local centre, Birmingham, Hull or Whiteley.
Autism & SEN friendly sessions for the next six months will take place in Hull, Whiteley and Birmingham on the following dates:
- Saturday 16 September (+ 2 September in Hull)
- Saturday 21 October (+ 7 October in Hull)
- Saturday 18 November (+ 4 November in Hull)
- Saturday 16 December (+2 December in Hull)
- Saturday 20 January (+ 6 January in Hull)
- Saturday 17 February (+ 3 February in Hull)
The sessions will take place at these times:
- Hull and Whiteley: 9.00am – 10.00am
- Birmingham: 9.30am – 10.30am
- Children are very welcome to join us for either climbing or soft play and siblings are welcome to join in.
Numbers are restricted so booking in advance for climbing is vital (click on the book now option or call the reception teams).
What do Parents think?
Here’s a review from a mum who brought her son Harry to one of our sessions:
“I just wanted to thank you for holding the Autism Friendly sessions yesterday. I came to the 4.30pm session with my son Harry (although we almost didn’t make it because he was so nervous!) and he ended up having a super time. Your staff were all very friendly and helpful with lots of encouragement and understanding of the childrens needs.
Autism affects everyone differently and this was a great opportunity for some children to try something that they are normally unable to do due to other factors such as noise, light, chaos of other people etc etc.
It may seem very trivial to other people/parents who’s children don’t have special needs, but I am so amazingly proud of what Harry achieved yesterday. It has given him the confidence to want to come again at some point in the future which is brilliant!
Thank you Rock-Up for having awareness of Autism and for making the effort to help those who don’t fit in the normal box! Please pass on my thanks to all staff who were involved in yesterdays session, you made such a difference.”