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Dagenham autism charity holds outdoor adventure week for young people with autism spectrum disorder

PUBLISHED: 13:00 26 August 2018

Young people with autism spectrum disorder spent five days doing outdoor activities and team-building exercises at Stubbers Adventure Centre. Picture: Taylor Kearney

Young people with autism spectrum disorder spent five days doing outdoor activities and team-building exercises at Stubbers Adventure Centre. Picture: Taylor Kearney

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Dagenham-based autism charity, the Sycamore Trust, held an away week for its users.

People with autism spectrum disorder can sometimes be quite isolated, so weeks like this are designed to improve their communication skills. Picture: Taylor KearneyPeople with autism spectrum disorder can sometimes be quite isolated, so weeks like this are designed to improve their communication skills. Picture: Taylor Kearney

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.”

Testing out a relatively low section of the high ropes. Picture: Taylor KearneyTesting out a relatively low section of the high ropes. Picture: Taylor Kearney

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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