Dagenham autism charity holds outdoor adventure week for young people with autism spectrum disorder
PUBLISHED: 13:00 26 August 2018
Dagenham-based autism charity, the Sycamore Trust, held an away week for its users.
Around 30 young people from Barking and Dagenham went to Stubbers Adventure centre near Upminster for five days of outdoor team-building last week.
The young people took part in climbing, abseiling, high ropes, canoeing, raft building, archery, jet skiing, off road driving and paddle boarding.
Steve Dixon, from the trust, said: “By nature, young people with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) tend to be quite isolated.
“Lots of them love computers for example, and this week was full of activities designed to help them engage with others, take instruction, learn team building, increase confidence, engage in social contact, build self esteem, learn communication skills and generally interact with each other. It also encouraged health and fitness.”
The trust works with parents, carers, adults and children affected by autism in Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge. Its services include youth groups, employment schemes and parent support groups.
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