A therapeutic art and social skills group for girls
I run an ASD girls group (age 8-12) on alternate Saturday mornings from 10 am to 11 am in my art hut.
The atmosphere in the hut is always lively and comforting. My creative activities allow the girls to celebrate their differences and make friends. Worries are shared and solutions offered in new imaginative ways. I hope that everyone leaves my sessions feeling lighter and brighter.
Six sessions can be booked in advance for £120. This cost will include a pre-group consultation and a parents’ evening meet up to share strategies and provide support.
There will be no more than six girls in the group. A small group feels safer and allows girls to build relationships quicker.
New group for older girls
A new group for the older girls (13+) will begin in September 2018. It will run alternate Saturday mornings between 11.30-12.30.
The group will encourage the girls to find new ways to express themselves through creative activities: art journaling, creative writing, mixed media, collage, textiles, eco-art, and photography. Talking while creating can be a good way to de-stress after a difficult week at school or college.
Due to the need for more sophisticated art materials the cost for this group would be £140 for six sessions. This fee would also include a pre-group consultation and a parents evening to provide additional support.
All members of my groups have access to my large home library of ASD books.
The children who take part in my groups find that creative activities make it easier to make friends.
“We made art pizzas and I got to know what interests I shared with the other girls. Making the pizzas was an easy way to find out about everyone. I took my slice home.”
“The art group was really fun as I enjoyed making a story out of fruit and vegetables. I touched food that I don’t like.”
“The group I visited which Simone ran at Christmas was run really well and appropriately for girls with high functioning autism. It was well paced and covered many areas where they can be socially challenged and allowed them to practice those skills in a safe and supportive environment. The activities were imaginative and girls remained interested and motivated throughout and clearly enjoyed the session.” Nora Lack, Occupational Therapist