"I am interacting with my son in a way I didn't think was possible."
"It gives me a great sense of achievement. It is fantastic."
"I wish I'd had this training 10 years ago."
Parent feedback - 'On the Ball'
"Outstanding Training" - Richmond Adult Community College
Introductory parent workshop - March 2019
Active Learning; 2019, April-July, Saturday mornings, term-time Palewell Park, places are allocated to build peer groups for families.
'On the Ball' is a programme of Active Parenting for children aged between 5-11years living in SW London. Parents learn about communication and sensory needs through our innovative course, designed and run by Action-attainment with Brentford FC CST. In 2018 we ran On the Ball at Palewell Park, East Sheen and also at Marlborough School, Isleworth as an after-school club.
On the Ball starts with a workshop for parents that explains how communication and sensory needs impact learning and inclusion for children. It also identifies strategies - from visual time-tables to sensory breaks - that can be used to support learning and help children join in activities at home and school.
After their first class-room workshop the families who joined 'On the Ball' Summer 2018 were allocated into groups with 5-6 similar children and enjoyed 10 weeks of sport together. Parents and children experienced the benefits of visual and sensory strategies to support inclusion. Having fun together reduced anxieties. The children learned that sport can be enjoyable. The parents identified how even a simple strategy, like a visual timetable, can not only help children join a sport programme but can also be used at home in the mornings to identify tasks, lower tension and get children to school on time.
Families joining On the Ball provided information about their children to help Action-attainment create groups of children with similar abilities and an activity programme that would be accessible and rewarding. Over the full programme parents received support and sign-posting from Action-attainment and also shared information with the other families.
The first parent workshop was open to any family wanting to know more about how sensory and communication needs impact children's learning and inclusion. The final wrap up workshop was designed to explore questions posed by families who participated in the active learning with their children. This final workshop included information on anxiety and ways to support children's inclusion.
Families who started out with On the Ball then tried out Fun in the Sun and parents explored more activities with Action-attainment, from Action Learning to Secondary Transition workshops. Families also joined Knots Arts, explored Marble Hill Adventure Play and other community-based activities.
On the Ball, 2019 will be available free of charge to families due to the generous funding from Three Guineas Trust.
To find out more about On the Ball or enquire about places for 2019
Active and informed parenting is key to positive outcomes for young people with speech, language and communication needs.
Action-attainment is seeking funding for talks aimed at parents of children and young people aged 5 to 25. Contact us to say what would help you and your parenting and help us with our fundraising.
Future Talks Programme - use the contact form to register your interest:
Language Modelling - How to develop children's communication skills
Therapy Reports - How to support children’s development at school and home
Family relationships - Why siblings of special needs children need support
Social Stories – How pictures can explain events
Sensory Diets – Support learning at school and home
Changes in Education – New legislation and access to support at school
Emotional Health and Wellbeing – What is available for famllies in LBRuT
Parenting Girls – How girls with social communication difficulties are supported
Transition talk - Preparing for work, Richmond-based projects