ASD Family Help - Martial Arts - Friday's
BOOKING ESSENTIAL! THERE IS A WAITING LIST FOR THIS ACTIVITY
For children (aged 5 to 18) with ASD or any other learning difficulty and their siblings.
The sessions are run by Sensei Jim Hey from Reading Taijutsu with help from Jake, one of Jim’s Taijutsu students who has experience working with ASD children. ASD Family Help staff will also be present.
The sessions are aimed specifically for ASD children and those with learning difficulties or anxiety. Siblings are always welcome.
Remember: this is a Martial arts class, not a fashion show, so please wear loose comfortable clothing, e.g. track/jogging bottoms and old t-shirt.
Many students wear a Gi (martial arts uniform). A Gi is the best choice of clothing to wear (and if you want to gain your belts, you’ll need a Gi to wear it around). They can be purchased relatively cheaply online (for info on what style/size and where to buy etc. please ask Jim or Jake).
Please do NOT wear any of the following: tank tops, low cut tops, see-through tops, skirts, dresses, shorts, jeans, chinos, belt buckles, jewellery or make-up. These are not appropriate or safe (in some cases), for our class.
We train in bare feet, so trimmed finger & toe-nails are advisable for the comfort of all students! (If you have issues with training in bare feet – just speak to Jim or Jake before class).
Water is provided but only at certain intervals, so you may like to bring your own bottle.
Ample parking & access via either end of Gorse Ride (North or South).
We are unable to book new children onto this activity without them first attending an assessment meeting. We do this at the Family Fun Sessions which are held once a month (please see separate listing here: Family Fun Session for details). This allows the child to meet some staff, see the venue and assess whether we are able to meet your child's needs.
Attending the Family Fun sessions with parents present, prior to attending this activity, is the best way to ensure your child has the most success possible within our Martial arts sessions.
If your child has not had an assessment meeting to attend Martial Arts, we are not able to accept your child onto this event. This is in the best interests and safety of all children, ensures we can meet every child's needs and makes sure we have enough staff to manage every session.
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Finchampstead Baptist Church Centre
Gorse Ride North
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When is it On/Open ?
- Date & Time Information
Friday 6 - 7pm - Term Time Only, excluding Bank Holidays
Costs and Fee Information
Table of costs Amount Cost Type £3.00 After School Club
- Does not accept childcare vouchers
- Funding Notes
ASD Family Help provide this session using funding provided by Children in Need.
- How is the service funded
Facilities and Accessibility
Premises near a train station
Premises on a bus route
Easy Access for Prams and Buggies
- Contact Name
- Rachael Chandler
- Project Manager - Children and Families Activities
- Complaints procedure notes
If your complaint is regarding any children's activity or our family fun session, please email Rachael@asdfamilyhelp.org
You may also email Cathy@asdfamilyhelp.org.uk
Accessing this service
- Age Ranges
- 5 - 18 years
- Eligibility Criteria
For children (aged 5 – 18) with ASD or any other learning difficulty.
No diagnosis required, all welcome
Children must be able to access this activity on an adult to child ratio of 1:8.
Siblings are welcome to join this event - the same criteria regarding age and ability to access this activity applies.
- Booking / Registration Required
- Booking and Registration Notes
Booking is absolutely essential.
Please email Rachael@asdfamilyhelp.org for booking.
We will not book new children onto this activity without them first attending an assessment meeting. We do this at the Family Fun Sessions which are held once a month (please see separate listing here: Family Fun Session for details). This allows the child to meet some staff and assess whether we are able to meet your child's needs.
If your child has not had an assessment meeting to attend Martial arts, we are not able to accept your child onto this event. This is in the best interests and safety of all children, ensures we can meet every child's needs and makes sure we have enough staff to manage every session.
- Waiting List
- There is a waiting list for this activity of approximately 8 weeks
- Referral not required
- Supporting people with
Children with Additional Needs
Autism Spectrum Conditions
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All staff and volunteers at sessions receive in-house training from ASD Family Help regarding autism awareness and safeguarding.
All staff and volunteers at sessions have enhanced DBS checks.
ASD Family Help holds its own public liability insurance.
At activities where staff are solely responsible for children, at least one member of staff will hold a paediatric first aid certificate.
Our Martial Arts sessions are run by a qualified Taijutsu instructor togtether with ASD staff/volunteers. The instructor has appropriate public liability insurance, enhanced DBS check, first aid certification and safeguarding training (in addition to attending our ASD Family Help internal training).
Local Offer - Support available for children and young people with additional needs
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