Activities

SURFING

We have partnered with Brittas Bay Surf School to run surfing sessions in Brittas the last two Septembers. We hope to continue this late summer activity.
Cost: EUR 15 per session

WALL CLIMBING

Our wall climbing activity is in its fourth year. This activity is held in the UCD sports hall . Currently we run three sessions ( 45 minutes long one after the other on a Sunday afternoon ).The numbers for this activity are kept very low to ensure each child receives the support he/she requires . For this reason we have a wait list . Once a child secures a place on the wall team they will keep this place until they no longer wish to continue with this activity . Parents/sibling / carers may wish to become belay trained and we occasionally hold training sessions with Ed Cox our coach . The age limit is over 7 and parents need to remain onsite at all times during this activity .

JUMP ZONE

Jumpzone hold a special autism friendly jumpzone session on designated Saturdays during school term time. You must have a waiver signed online with the park prior and wear the 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 must be over 5 and parents/carers need to remain on site at all times . Jumpzone kindly donate the proceeds of the session once a term . Book on our Facebook page.
Cost EUR 10 per session

TEEN GROUP

The teen group meet once a month approx . This activity is new this year . The venue is mostly Stillorgan bowling but other locations include Starbucks , McDonalds , and the cinema . Our parents remain on site unless agreed by the parent coordinator . The age limit is 13 plus .

ATHLETICS

Our athletics sessions with Donal Norton take place on Saturday afternoons in Naomh Olaf’s GAA Club Stillorgan Industrial Estate  at 3.15 pm (7 to 12 year olds) and 4pm (teens).  Donal has vast experience with ASD kids and teens as he teaches athletics in special schools.  We go outside onto the pitches when the weather is good and stay inside in the large basketball hall when it isn’t.  We play throwing games, hurdle, run and jump.

KAYAKING

OS kayaking takes place every year in the early summer at Surfdock, Ringsend.  We hire eight double kayaks and kids go out with their own parent or helper.  They do a tour of Grand Canal Basin and end up jumping into the water off a pontoon which many of them greatly enjoy.

We are led by a qualified instructor and all gear is supplied.

Cost: depends on level of grant-aid available

KARATE

Paul Dowling of Rathdown Karate has been leading our special group in St. Brigids Hall, Stillorgan every Saturday morning at 11 am since 2016.  He brings his massive experience to the job and is helped by four young volunteers so that the ratio is often 2:1.  Karate is highly indicated in international research for kids with autism and many of our kids have mastered quite good skills as well as venting unwanted aggression and learning to follow instructions.

Cost: EUR10 per session, paid per term after taster session.

GOLF

ASD-friendly golf is the latest addition to the OS range of activities.   Our specially trained tutor at Stackstown Golf Club is guiding young golfers through the nursery stage and onto real putting!  This is proving highly popular with Open Spectrummers and must be very valuable for their development.

Cost: E10 per session

 

YOGA

Helena Mc Elroy is the wonderful new yoga instructor running our classes at St. Brigid’s Hall Stillorgan at 10 am on Saturday mornings.  Parents/ guardians are welcome to join their kids  on the floor for relaxing stretching which is often as necessary for us as for the kids!

Cost: E10 per session