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Special Educational Needs

Special Educational Needs
RADiate is a project which specialises in providing subsidised dance classes to children on the autism spectrum, including children with moderate to severe and complex learning difficulties, and those who are non verbal.

These are delivered by a small team of highly-experienced teachers on a weekly basis at primary schools in South West London.

Many of the children find it difficult to engage in group activities. RADiate tutors are experienced in using activities which will attract the children into the group, so that taking part becomes a fun experience. This is done in close collaboration with the staff at each school.

They also benefit from:

  • An alternative, non verbal way to express themselves and their individuality
  • The opportunity to develop at their own pace, with the support of a teaching assistant
  • Support with learning all the action words found in dance - through physically doing them - which can help the children to understand them better.
  • The use of Makaton Signing – to support language skills, and a Visual Timetable, to let both children and support staff know what is going to happen and in what order.
  • On-going weekly classes, which give children with severe and complex learning difficulties the opportunity to make gradual progress within the routine and structure of the class.
  • A class which repeats moves each week and develops them slowly, as appropriate for children with autism who find change difficult. 

New funding and RADiate Ambassador

This year we received generous funding from the City of London Corporation’s charity, the City Bridge Trust. This will allow us to consolidate and expand this inclusive outreach project into more schools, and meet more students’ needs beyond the London boroughs of Wandsworth, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Southwark.

And, in further good news, Michael Nunn OBE, co-founder of BalletBoyz, has also taken on the role of RADiate Ambassador. You can read more here.

Read about the success of RADiate at a school in South London  . 

Drawings by students from Smallwood Primary School inspired by their RADiate dance sessions (click  to enlarge)

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Main photo: David Tett.