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Dance show to raise money for school's autism facility
A KATHAK dance show will take place this month to raise money for the expansion of a vital autism educational facility.
Autistic is Artistic will be held on May 26 at Patidar House, London Road, Wembley, at 7.30pm.
The showcase of traditional Indian dance will gather funds to support Compass, an in-house educational facility at Preston Manor School, Carlton Avenue East, for pupils with autism and asperger syndrome.
The children who attend Compass are of mainstream ability, and require highly specialised and individual arrangements.
Students are taught curriculum subjects in a mainstream environment, with access to a specially designed 'low stimulus' area, separate from the mains school.
A spokesman for Compass said: "Groups are run to foster social interaction skills, support life and organisational skills and develop emotional literacy. Students are offered 'sensory diet' sessions in order to reduce their anxiety level. Programmes and timetables are student centred and highly differentiated."
Compass currently supports five students, and three more are arriving in September. The unit would like to take 12 students, but it needs more space and facilities to support the children.
Compass also provides support to other autistic students and students with special needs who are in mainstream school through lunch clubs and after school clubs.
The spokesman added: "Compass is an extremely important unit as it is the only secondary school autistic provision in Brent, so it is important that our profile is continuously well-known. In fact, it is important to stress that more of these provisions are needed within mainstream schools, as there are too many autistic students that don't get their chance to shine within mainstream school."
The event on May 26 will see the Wembley-based Kathak Collective explore what it means to be autistic via dance.
Compass students will also take part in the show, with one pupil giving a reading. They have also designed t-shirts to show what Compass means to them.
The spokesman added: "What I love about Compass is that each day is different but thoroughly rewarding. It is hard to describe how proud you feel when the students develop and flourish. For example, watching them develop socially and improve academically.
"I only wish that there was not a limit on the amount of students Compass can take."
With extra funds Compass would like to not only take on more pupils, but provide trips and life skills classes, more computers and beneficial computer games.
Autistic is Artistic will start with refreshments at 6.30pm, and the show begins an hour later.
Adult tickets cost between £10 and £15, tickets for children under 10 cost £8.
To buy tickets call the box office on 020 8795 1648.
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