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Vera Canhoto

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Meet the Sunnyside Club – A new afternoon club in London for children with ASD and related disorders

For children that are on the autism spectrum, communicating with others and participating in social activities can be challenging. It can also be a challenge for parents to find small groups that offer the right support to their children in order to promote play, communication and social skills.

Flavia and Serena, two psychologists highly trained in ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) and ESDM (Early Start Denver Model), have decided to do something about it and create an afternoon club that tackles this issue.

The Sunnyside club offers to children on the spectrum and related disorders the opportunity to play and socialise with other children, under the supervision of trained professionals. The club atmosphere and activities are designed to promote skills that can better be targeted in small groups. As Serena puts it "working as a one to one with a child is amazing, but you can’t really work on social skills. So, we just wanted to do something new and create an environment where the children can play together, have fun, build confidence and develop social skills."

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The Sunnyside club offers to
children on the spectrum and
related disorders the opportunity
to play and socialise with other
children, under the supervision of
trained professionals."

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Although the club runs under the ABA principles, the founders of this project keep an open mind in terms of proven educational and therapeutic approaches and incorporate in their group sessions a variety of methods. The club includes activities such as, social games, arts and crafts, art therapy, and relaxation time.

Presently, the club is accepting children that are in similar levels of development that could benefit from relating with others in order to develop their social skills. To be accepted in the club Flavia explains that they “have a questionnaire that parents can fill in and that allows us to understand the developmental level of the child and if they would benefit from being in the club”. They are also very interested in understanding the family expectations, as it is important that the club is functional for the whole family, therefore they might also visit the family and observe the child to make sure that the club is a good fit for them.

Flavia and Serena love what they do, and they have lots of fun doing it. “So far it has been very interesting to see the kids interacting with each other” Serena reveals. Working on individual sessions it is important to teach skills, however the Sunnyside club is allowing each child to express themselves and practice and generalise social skills with their pairs.

The club has been opened since the end of September of 2019 in Ealing, and the feedback has been very positive. Presently, besides the two psychologists, the club counts with one volunteer and an art therapist. In the future Serena and Flavia would love to have the opportunity to extend this club to other locations, though for now they want to dedicate all their attention to this one site and make sure that they are offering the best quality service to their club members.

If you would like to Know more about the Sunnyside club check out their Instagram and Facebook page or contact them directly via sunnysideealing@gmail.com or on 07935785055.

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Working on individual sessions is important to teach skills, however the Sunnyside club is allowing each child to express themselves and practice and generalise social skills with their pairs."

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