Sutton Stars is a short break scheme which takes place during Easter and Summer Holidays.
Overview of the service
We provide a short break holiday scheme to children and young people with autism between the ages of 5 and 13 years. Each short break consists of a variety of indoor activities such as arts and crafts, cooking and soft play as well as outings in the community such as trampolining, swimming, or a trip to the farm, museum or beach.
Communication and interaction needs
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Cognition and learning needs
Autism Spectrum Disorder and moderate/severe learning difficulties and other specific learning difficulties.
Social, emotional and mental health difficulties
Autism Spectrum Disorder and related difficulties eg challenging behaviour, anxiety.
Autism Spectrum Disorder related sensory needs
Sessions can be adapted for children and young people with autism spectrum disorders and physical disabilities.
Specific or complex health needs
Autism Spectrum Disorders alongside other health needs such as epilepsy, allergies and personal care needs can be catered for.
Categories of need
Complex health needs, Mild Learning Difficulty / Disability, Moderate Learning Difficulties/ Disability (MLD), Severe Learning Difficulties/ Disability (SLD), Mild Speech and Language difficulty, Moderate Speech and Language difficulty, Severe Speech and Language difficulty, SpLD (Specific learning Difficulties), Mobility Disabilities, Autistic Spectrum Conditions, Challenging Behaviour, Personal Care Needs, Global Development Delay
5-7, 8-11, 12-15
Who we provide for
By referral only. Set days during Easter and Summer Holidays, 10am - 3pm
What we do
We offer a short break holiday scheme for 5-13 year olds. Consisting of indoor activities and outings, each activity is aimed to provide more than just an enjoyable experience, but one that is meaningful and offers an opportunity to learn and develop skills such as social skills, turn taking, waiting, queuing, sharing and so on.
Is there a waiting list?
Are there any taster sessions?
Do you need a support worker?
Can you take your support worker with you?
Does parent / carer have to stay?
Is parent / carer allowed to stay?
Can siblings attend?
Staff SEND skills
All staff are fully trained by the National Autistic Society. Training includes SPELL, autism specific training, challenging behaviour, safeguarding and first aid. Some staff are also trained in Team TEACH-soon to be all staff. All staff are also CRB/DBS.
Have staff had safeguarding training in last year?
Staff Disability Awareness trained in last year?
Are staff trained in specialist interventions?
Are there staff trained in manual handling?
Assessing child safety
The ratio of children/young people to staff is 1:1. Information on the children/young people is sought in advance and kept up to date by professionals working with the families to ensure we are always working with the most up-to date information at all times. All activities/venues are risk assessed in advance and all staff have a current CRB/DBS and have had safeguarding training.
We ensure an autism friendly environment and one where structure, predictability and routine are paramount aided by using tools such as visual aids, picture exchange and Makaton for example.
Referral only via the Children with Disabilities Team
Deciding who can use the service
Decisions are made via the Children with Disabilities Team
Is there a charge for the service?
Care package from LA
The service is delivered at:
Green Wrythe School
Green Wrythe Lane
Local community venues are also used eg local leisure centres.
Wheelchair Access, Accessible toilets, Secure environment, Sensory adaptations (such as colour scheme), Sensory room or area, Time out / quiet area, Accessible changing area, Low stimulus environment, Soft play facility, Accessible parking
Communication methods used
Signs and symbols, Makaton, PECS
Respite & Support
Respite & Short Breaks
Education and childcare
Leisure and play
Preparation for adulthood
Communicating with parents and carers
During the scheme, a contact sheet outlining daily occurrences and achievements is given to the parents at the end of each day. On completion, the children/young people receive a certificate and parents are asked to complete an evaluation questionnaire which is used to shape future services.
Is the service fully accessible?
The venue that we used is autism friendly and fully accessible.
The venue, activities and trips are all planned in advance taking into consideration the needs of the young people referred. Ensuring an autism friendly environment is paramount and the ratio and experience of staff to be able to offer a person centred approach is important. The NAS are also sensitive to all issues around diversity including disability, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, cultural beliefs etc.