By Michael Kane
The Flip It! project are hosting a silent disco for children with autism. Flip It! are an organisation funded by Children In Need who seek to encourage self-expression for young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by providing art, music, and movement therapies.
Louise Moorhead, one of the main organisers of the event, spoke about the success of the previous one in October and the importance of having these kind of events available.
“It went really well, the feedback we got from parents was fantastic. One parent actually said it was the best autism event that she’d attended, that we really met the needs of her child.
“I think having autism only events that are tailored to their specific needs is crucially important. I think there’s a need and demand for it locally. We work with families from Derry, Strabane, and Limavady through the Flip It! project and the feedback that we’ve had is really encouraging. So the more things we can put on for families the better.”
Emma Whoriskey has taken her son to several events hosted by Flip It! and plans on taking him to the upcoming one as well. She talked about his experience.
“The silent disco was a great idea because loud music stresses him out. So he could put on the headphones when he wanted music and remove them when he didn’t.
“It’s really hard to find something like that, where I know I can go and he’ll be safe and have fun without hurting himself or stressing himself out. He misses out on a lot of parties with family because he can’t cope. So something like this, where kids can control their environment, is amazing. It’s definitely important because they need social experiences.”
This upcoming event takes place at the Gasyard on December 6. On the day there are three different discos, one from 4pm-5pm for 4-8 years olds, one from 5pm-6pm for 8-12 year olds, and one from 6pm-7pm for 12-16 year olds. Further information is available from firstname.lastname@example.org or through the Flip It! Facebook page.