"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
Work is underway to prepare for potential on-going impacts of Covid 19 and the 2021 programme
'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 our delivery partner, Brentford FC CST. We run 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 join 'On the Ball' are allocated into groups with 5-6 similar children and enjoy up to 10 weeks of sport together. Parents and children experience the benefits of visual and sensory strategies to support inclusion. Having fun together reduces anxieties. The children experience that sport can be enjoyable. Their parents identify 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 provide information about their children to help Action-attainment create groups of children with similar abilities and an activity programme that aims to be accessible and rewarding. Over the full programme parents receive support and sign-posting from Action-attainment and also start to share information with the other families.
Our first parent workshop is open to any family wanting to know more about how sensory and communication needs impact children's learning and inclusion. Our final wrap up workshop is designed to explore questions posed by families who have participated in the active learning with their children. This final workshop includes information on anxiety and ways to support children's inclusion.
Families who start out with On the Ball can then try out our Summer multi-sport programme, Fun in the Sun. Many families become regular participants in regular weekly sessions run by the same Brentford FC CST coaching staff. Parents join other activities with Action-attainment, from Action Learning (problem solving peer groups) to our Secondary Transition workshops. Families also join Knots Arts, a drama group to build communication skills that runs in East Sheen, explore Marble Hill Adventure Playground and discover other community-based activities.
On the Ball, 2021 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 2021