For too long autistic children have been ignored because they are harder to engage due to their struggles with social interaction.
A lot of Neurodiverse Children ( Autistic, Dyslexic, Dyspraxic, and ADHD) shy away from groups due to anxiety and fear of not fitting in.
For these children, the online world is a safe space for them to be themselves and they can stay in their home environment where they feel safe.
Spark Hub CIC currently runs wellbeing sessions that are face to face, supporting children to manage their emotions, grow in confidence and develop better connections with others. The Confident Kids program is very successful and has been undertaken by hundreds of children within Buckinghamshire. Until now it has always been frustrating that we have been unable to engage with those who are the most vulnerable to isolation and exclusion from society.
I first realised the power of online learning with my own autistic daughter. She needed a maths tutor and we tried many different styles of tutor, we went to work with some in their settings and even had two come to the house. However, my daughter was just too overwhelmed to get the best from her learning. I then discovered an online platform where she could talk and interact with a tutor face to face from her own laptop. The results were amazing, she was relaxed and ready to learn.
It was this that made me realise that I can bring the Confident Kids wellbeing program to those children who need it the most. I just need to meet them where they feel most relaxed and at ease. Online!
We need your help to make this amazing resource happen, not only will we be able to reach more children within Buckinghamshire but being online means that so many more children can finally access emotional support and start to build better-connected relationships.