Neurodiversity Learning CIC
We are a London based social enterprise, and provide services for young people with special educational needs such as Autism.
We have several years of experience working within education and the community sector.
We design and deliver creative visual arts sessions. The activities support young people to increase their social skills (different ways to build friendship) and reduce their anxiety levels (techniques to aid relaxation).
Our services are open to primary, secondary, sixth formers and young adults.
Our activities include:
- Making jewellery
- Designing and printing on bags
- Decorating flower pots and planting seeds
- Making cards
- General pieces of art and sculpture
Some of the recognized patterns of autism includes challenges with social interactions and communication.
Around a third of people with a learning disability may also be autistic.
About 40% of people with autism spectrum disorder also suffer from significant anxiety.
Researched Benefits of Creativity
Increases social and emotional resilience and resistance to stress.
Improves social behaviour and self-esteem and reduces psychiatric symptoms.
Increases critical thinking skills empathy and tolerance.
During this period of COVID 19, we are specifically using our Art based projects for young people to convey the impact of COVID-19 on their lives. The consequences of this period can result in social isolation and loss/decline in the health and well-being of many young people.
Research suggests Art is a successful method to enable the expression of thoughts and feelings. Our activities aims to support resilience, personal growth and remembrance.
I am an experienced teacher and have taught in schools, homes and community-based settings for over 15 years. I have noticed that stress and anxiety impact learning and the readiness to feel joy.
Those with a toolbox of relaxation techniques, from mindfulness to sport from music to visual arts were better equipped to combat the negative consequences of stress.
In my view, they were more resilient and experienced a higher level of health and well-being.
Let’s Work Together!
Through July to January we will be offering sessions to support young people with understanding and exploring the impact of the coronavirus on their lives. This will be through creative art-based activities.
Calming for them and calming for the parents.
It was interesting, I enjoyed doing the Sand Art.
Craftwork was very good and relaxing.