Autism

Morrisons Introduce Quiet Hour for Those with Autism

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Morrisons Supermarkets is introducing a ‘Quieter Hour’ across all stores from this Saturday 21 July. From 9:00am until 10:00am every Saturday morning, they will attempt to make the store environment quieter and calmer for customers. For more information see po.st/QHour.

A statement from Morrisons reads;

This new initiative has been created with the support of the National Autistic Society. Many people who are autistic or those with autistic children can find shopping in a supermarket an anxious experience. Having carried out a trial earlier in the year in our Lincoln, Woking and Gainsborough stores, we identified improvements that could be made as well as the best time for the Quieter Hour to take place.

“Around 700,000 people are on the autism spectrum in the UK. This means they see, hear and feel the world differently to other people, often in a more intense way. Morrisons ‘Quieter Hour’ is a step in the right direction for autistic people who find supermarket shopping a real struggle.”
Daniel Cadey, the from the National Autistic Society

Listening to customers, we found that one in five had a friend or family member with autism* and many liked the idea of being able to shop in more comfort at 9-10am on a Saturday. Angela Gray, Morrisons Community Champion at Woking said: “I was involved in the initial trial as my son is autistic and we found that these changes made a real difference. The trial showed there is a need for a quieter shopping experience for some customers.”

During Quieter Hours, our stores will:

  • Dim the lights
  • Turn music and radio off
  • Avoid making tannoy announcements
  • Reduce movement of trolleys and baskets
  • Turn checkout beeps and other electrical noises down
  • Place a poster outside to tell customers it’s Quieter Hour

BBCF – Builder Workshop (for children with ASD) – Saturday 30 June

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There are still places left in this workshop on Saturday 30 June, 10:00am-11:30pm is for children (aged 5+) who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or awaiting a diagnosis.

In addition, we welcome their siblings to join in the activities at Rowley Poleys, 74 Bradford Road, Brighouse HD6 4AA

The Building Better Calderdale Futures (BBCF) programme is funded by the Short Breaks initiative and subsidised by Calderdale Council. The BBCF programme aims to support families of disabled children – primarily those with learning difficulties – with LEGO brick based sessions delivered locally in the district.

During the session the children will be provided a safe environment to access a range of LEGO brick building activities which can be undertaken at their own pace. Experienced Bricks4Kidz instructors will be on hand to assist and support.

Notes

  • Parents/Carers must remain at the venue.
  • A simple form must be completed by parents/carers to allow us to provide data to Short Breaks. No personal data will be retained without consent.
  • Parents/Carers are responsible for all children.

Tickets are just £3 but booking is essential at Eventbrite.

BBCF – Builder Workshop (for children with ASD) – Sunday 10 June

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This workshop on Sunday 10 June, 10:30am-12:00pm is for children (aged 5+) who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or awaiting a diagnosis.

In addition, we welcome their siblings to join in the activities at Square Chapel Arts Centre (Cornerstone Room).

The Building Better Calderdale Futures (BBCF) programme is funded by the Short Breaks initiative and subsidised by Calderdale Council. The BBCF programme aims to support families of disabled children – primarily those with learning difficulties – with LEGO brick based sessions delivered locally in the district.

During the session the children will be provided a safe environment to access a range of LEGO brick building activities which can be undertaken at their own pace. Experienced Bricks4Kidz instructors will be on hand to assist and support.

Notes

  • Parents/Carers must remain at the venue.
  • A simple form must be completed by parents/carers to allow us to provide data to Short Breaks. No personal data will be retained without consent.
  • Parents/Carers are responsible for all children.

Tickets are just £3 but booking is essential at Eventbrite.

Tooth Care Training For Children With Special Needs

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Parents and carers of children with learning difficulties, autism and any of a range of special needs are only too aware of how difficult it is to teach their lovely children the basics of life that come as routine to others – including looking after their teeth.

That’s why the Dentaid mobile van will be calling at Sensory World for a special event just for children with special needs on 16 December, 10:00am to 3:00pm.

Making tooth care fun and interesting is what this event is all about.

Fun and games inside Sensory World and a visit to the big white van outside to turn tooth care into an adventure.

Just £5 for some fun training about caring for growing teeth.

No booking required – but if you are able please give Linda a call on 07801 065589 if you are planning to visit, just to help with the planning.

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