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Starjumpz club in Speldhurst Road, Tunbridge Wells is set to open in the new year

By Annabel Rusbridge-Thomas

A children's centre in Tunbridge Wells is preparing to launch a new club in the new year.

Starjumpz in Speldhurst Road will offer occupational and behavioural therapy on a group basis to children who face sensory, co-ordination and social skill challenges.

The group is available to children aged five – 12, living with ASD, ADHD, Aspergers, Sensory Processing Disorder, developmental delay, social, communication or behavioural difficulties.

A new 'Starjumpz' club will be launched
A new 'Starjumpz' club will be launched

The objective of the ten week programme is to enhance social interaction, attention spans, motor and language skills, as well as helping to improve self-esteem of those involved.

Parents will also be taught coping strategies and how to integrate the right support into their everyday home life.

Starjumpz hopes to attract children who are home schooled. The centre has seen a rise in the number of children attending the centre who are due to their personal challenges making school life difficult, overwhelming and in some cases unbearable.

Commencing on January, 14 the weekly sessions taking place on Wednesdays from 09.30 – 11.30 will be run by the Starjumpz’sBehavioural Therapist, Athene Burdge, as well as an Occupational Therapist and assistant.

Using a variety of renowned techniques and practices their focus will be on sensory and social skill development and supporting and improving the children’s adaptive behaviour.

Director of Starjumpz, Jo Brett said: “We have a very progressive approach at the centre. Individual therapies has always been the main focus for us, but by talking to parents, we could really see how group therapies could also benefit children.

"If they are also being home educated, then it is a great environment for them to mix with same aged children with similar issues.”

For more info call 01892 510 257 or visit www.starjumpz.com.

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