Activities

Our activities are set up by sourcing the best available coach and location / hall and providing a parent coordinator who mostly attends the event and will supervise . You must be registered prior to booking an event . If you have any concerns at an event please contact one of our two children’s officers . Contact details are on our homepage . We can never thank our amazing sports officers , volunteers  ,  parent coordinators and sports halls enough for always putting our children’s needs first . Below is a brief description of our activities currently on offer ( as of March 2020) . Further enquiries can be made by emailing us on openspectrum2@gmail.com or via our Facebook page . 

Activities 1 to 7 are payable online . Activities 8 and 9 are payable onsite . Our last activity ( 10) harbour splash is payable directly to harbour splash . Some  of our activities are part funded by DLR or DCC each year and we wish to acknowledge that without their assistance some of these activities would not be possible . Jumpzone also contribute to the running of our activities by holding a charity jump a number of times a year . 

1. Wall climbing 

Held in Ucd sports hall , this activity takes place on a Sunday afternoon during term time . We currently have two sessions from 3 pm to 3.45 pm and from 3.45 pm to 4.30 pm . The age limit is over 6 and the cost is 60 euro for a 5 week term . The ratio of instructor to participant is very low and parents/ carer / responsible sibling can train as belayers during the session . 

 

2. Karate 

Held in St Bridgets hall ( St Bridgets school ) and run in conjunction with Rathdown  karate club . This activity is held on a Saturday morning at 11 am during term time . The age limit is over 6 and the cost is 60 euros for 5 sessions  . The session runs for 45 minutes and is split into group time and one to one break out activities . 

3. Yoga

Held in St Bridget’s hall ( St Bridgets school ) . This activity takes place on a Saturday morning at ten am during term time . The age limit is 13 plus and the cost is 60 euros for 5 sessions . Parents/carer/ responsible sibling can take part with the participant . 

4. Golf

Held in conjunction with stackstown golf club where it is held . This event takes place on  a Saturday morning at 9 am during term time . The age limit is over 8 and the cost is 60 euros for a 5 week term . Both the parent coordinator and the coach have attended the Ernie els # Game on Autism golf program . The sessions take place indoors and outdoors using the swing room , driving range and practice green . 

5. Athletics

Held in conjunction with St Olaf’s GAA club . This event takes place on a Saturday afternoon during term time . The younger group ( 6 to 12 ) is held from 3.15 pm to 4 pm and the older group ( 12 plus ) is held from 4 pm to 4.45 pm . Depending on weather this event takes place outside or inside . Athletics involve hurdles , running and jumping . 

6. Kayak

Held in conjunction with surfdock we run a kayak camp in early summer . Generally this is held three Sundays in a row but the sessions can be booked individually . The age limit is over 6  . Each kayak is a double so each participant will need a parent/ carer / responsible sibling to take part . 

7. Surf Camp

Held In conjunction with brittas bay surf school . This surf camp is held at Meagheramore   beach , Wicklow normally in late August or early September ( three Sundays in a row ) . The age limit is over 6 and the cost of the camp is 15 euros per session . Parents/ carers / responsible adults take part also and wetsuits are provided for all . There are a large number of volunteers and instructors and as a result the ratio of helpers to participants is very high . We have one long board for participants who require additional needs . Generally held 10 am to 11 am for  session one and 11.30 am to 12.30 am for session two . 

8. Jumpzone

Jumpzone sandyford hold a special autism friendly session on designated Saturdays during term time . You must have a waiver signed online with the park prior and wear special socks provided by the park . Only half the park is available to the children during this special session due to safety concerns . The music is turned off and the treats are removed from the coffee shop counter . Children need to be over 5 and the parents need to remain onsite at all times . Book on our Facebook page once the session is advertised and pay onsite . The session starts at 9.15 am and finishes at 10.15 am . 

Siblings are encouraged to attend . 

9. Teen Group

The teen group meet once a month approx and generally on a  Monday at 5 pm . The venue is mostly Stillorgan bowling but other locations include Starbucks , Mc Donald’s and the cinema . The age limit is over 13 . Our parents remain onsite unless agreed by the parent coordinator. Payable onsite . This activity is currently full but you can request to have your name added to the wait list by getting in touch with us . 

10. Harbour Splash

Held in conjunction with Surf Dock this event took place last year in 2019 once at the start of the summer and once at the end of the summer . Dublin’s first aqua park , it’s an obstacle course on water . The park held an autism friendly session that was closed to the public and was payable by calling their office . A waiver needs to be done online prior . It’s for over 6 year olds and cost 16 euros per person . All wetsuits etc were provided and participants need a parent/ carer / responsible adult to take part . Siblings are encouraged to attend .