The Keep ‘Er Lit youth club for young people with ASD meet regularly at the Community Centre for exercise, wellbeing and skills-building programmes, as well as enjoying cultural and wellbeing trips throughout Northern Ireland. This is part of the ProActive project, and is led by Anne Murphy and a host of invaluable volunteers. Anne can be contacted on 07899 666068 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep ‘Er Lit is now in the final (6th) year of a Big-Lottery-funded programme. The Laurencetown, Lenaderg and Tullylish Community Association secured this grant from the Empowering Young People fund in 2013 and are determined to establish a legacy that will ensure that young people with autism can continue to feel empowered, independent and confident, and that their established youth group will grow and develop and continue to provide a valuable service to our young people and their families.
Listening to life in (and around) Laurencetown: A soundmap by the Keep ‘Er Lit ASD group
Many people on the autism spectrum experience difficulty processing sound and other sensory information. Too much (or too little) sensory input can cause stress, anxiety and unpleasant physical sensations. To find out more about the challenges of sensory overload, and how to help someone on the spectrum cope, check out this article from Autism UK.
Of course, it’s not only people on the ASD spectrum who can find too much noise or other sensory stimulation difficult. We can all feel overwhelmed at times, particularly in our noisy, hyper-connected world. All of us can learn to mindfully listen to a particular sound or group of sounds, paying attention to the sounds in a curious, non-judgemental way.
The ASD Keep ‘Er Lit group have been learning mindfulness and mindful listening techniques over the past year. In May and June 2018, our young people selected a number of locations in their local area, and recorded the sounds around them with the help of professional sound researchers working with Queen’s University’s Sonic Arts Research Centre. These recordings have been used to create a ‘soundmap’ – a map which you can explore to hear the recordings and the thoughts of our young people. We are very proud to share that map, and would like to invite you to explore it and enjoy some mindful listening. And maybe you’d like to send us a recording from your area to add to the map?
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