Autism awareness and accessibility
High Rise has been designed to be inclusive and accessible, and to support individuals and families with additional needs such as Autism or sensory sensitivities. We are keen to accommodate any additional requirements, please call us on 028 9263 6195 in advance of your visit to discuss these.
All of the staff at High Rise have received training on Autism Awareness, and are committed to supporting all of our guests to have the best possible experience.
High Rise has two Autism Champions, Lauren and Matthew. Lauren is also our Sensory Co-ordinator. If you have any questions about how your needs, or those of your family, can be accommodated in High Rise please do not hesitate to contact them.
Familiarising yourself with High Rise
We know that visiting a new environment can be daunting, particularly for someone who has Autism. That’s why we have put together the following videos to show you the journey through our centre, so you can ensure that this is familiar for everyone in your family, and you know just what to expect.
- Clip ‘n Climb video: Explains what Clip ‘n Climb is and what to expect when you arrive in the centre.
- Journey to the Sensory Room: Our Sensory Co-ordinator Lauren sets out the journey to our first floor Sensory Room, and what you will see on the way.
High Rise can sometimes be busy and noisy. If you think this will cause difficulties, why not book to come along during one of our quieter Autism Tailored sessions, which run on Wednesday afternoons at 4.30pm and 5.00pm. We also have a set of ear defenders that you are very welcome to borrow for the duration of your visit (depending on availability). You need to sign these out, and they must be returned to reception at the end of your visit.
Autism tailored climbing
While we want to ensure we are always Autism friendly, we know that sometimes a few small adjustments can make all the difference for someone with Autism, for example, turning the music off, having fewer people in the centre, and adapting our safety briefing, can make for a much more relaxed experience. That’s why we have weekly Autism Tailored Clip ‘n Climb sessions on Wednesdays at 4.30pm and 5pm.
You can book these sessions through the Clip ‘n Climb online booking system. Just select the number of climbers and either the 4.30pm or 5.00pm session on a Wednesday.
We will then email you to ask you to provide some additional information to help us ensure that we can plan these sessions to meet the needs of all guests. To help you prepare for your Clip ‘n Climb session at High Rise, here is some useful information:
- Watch the Clip ‘n Climb safety briefing in advance
- Prepare for the safety briefing by looking over the images below
- Please note that the Leap of Faith will not be available during these sessions.
Quiet Room and Sensory Room
Remember, High Rise also features a Sensory Room and a Quiet Room, which are designed to offer an accessible and welcoming space for all. These spaces can be used to stimulate or to relax, and can be adapted to meet a range of needs and interests – whether that’s playing with sensory toys, engaging with the stimulating range of equipment, or simply switching off and chilling out.
Sensory Room sessions need to be booked in advance, however the Quiet Room is always available for our guests who just need a little quiet time away from the hustle and bustle of the centre. Find out more here.
Help us communicate with you
Please let staff in the centre know if there is anything that we can do to support you in visiting High Rise. We have prepared a Communications Log to help you tell us if there is a particular way you would like us to communicate with you. You can download this form below or, alternatively, ask for a copy at reception.
Also in this section
Welcome to our Sensory Room Blog
How do we create a space that is genuinely inclusive and welcoming for everyone, that is fun, but also helps people to develop and engage their senses as well as empower and educate people? That was the question we asked when developing our innovative new sensory and quiet rooms in High Rise
What is sensory play?
Over the past couple of weeks, I have spoken with a lot of our guests about the benefits of sensory play. This may be a term you have heard before, you may even have been to ‘baby sensory’ or at least know someone who has – but what I have realised is that many of you are still asking me - what exactly is it?