After over a year of bouncing, swinging, twisting, turning, sensing and feeling with many many curious young people, Stick-Stuck: a curious place to play! has gone to bed for a long rest. What grew in 2016 was the beginnings of some research for a new show. Read more here
Stick-Stuck: a curious place play! 2014-2015
Stick-Stuck: a curious place play! were creative multi-sensory play spaces for children on the autistic spectrum and/or have complex needs. Stick-Stuck! offered inclusive places were children can play and discover the sparks of friendship. Illuminating these sparks – words are not needed but looks, sounds and moving around are invited to join in!
The nature of Stick-Stuck! was to encourage child-led play in a safe, inviting environment. Invitations to play were for two or three children at once, depending on needs. Two or three facilitators were part of the play spaces when it was in full swing. All facilitators have a performing arts background, experience, training and expertise in play and working with children and young adults in a creative environment.
Stick-Stuck: a curious place play! had been successfully inviting children at Trinity School, Essex, UK to play since July 2014-May 2015. Pupils were chosen by the school and have complex disabilities and challenging behaviours, some professionals might use the term ‘hard to reach or hard to engage’. Inviting them to play in a curious place complemented their school-based learning and was received with smiles, happy sounds, and softening in their behaviours.
In summer 2014 Stick-Stuck! invited more curious children to play during their summer scheme at the Westminster Society for People with Learning Difficulties.
“Watching her rolling around, playing on her own with the space blanket…gives me some more ideas of what she can do, she really loves the noise of the space blanket and being out of her chair. To see she was moving around a lot was nice. Thank you, can we come again?” Teaching Assistant at Trinity School. Spring 2015
“Playing like this in a way where he can engage, the way he wants and is happy, is fantastic to see. He is much calmer” Teaching Assistant at Trinity School. Summer 2014
“It’s been a busy morning but now he has his space to play, bouncing, lots of [gym] balls to bounce on, he loves it. He is listening much more now” Teacher at Trinity School. Summer 2015
‘Thank you Louise for looking out for my class this year. It has been great for my students to work and play with you and your team. They have loved all of it. Who knows we may see you next year.” Teacher at Trinity School. Summer 2015
As Stick-Stuck: a curious place to play! goes to sleep, keep an eye out for what happens next!