Our Stories - Hillpark Secondary School

Many children with Autism need to be coaxed out of their shell – which is why scary outdoor team games can become a vital learning tool.

A special Autism Unit is now into its 10th year at Hillpark Secondary School on Glasgow’s south side.

It deals principally with kids with Aspergers Syndrome, which can impair learning and make it difficult for kids to mix with others.

The unit has enjoyed some stunning successes; five pupils have gone on to university and many more to college.

In the summer of 2009, The Teddy Bear Foundation is proud to subsidise a visit by 19 Hillpark pupils to Dalguise, an outdoor activity centre at the heart of Scotland’s “Big Tree Country”.

There, they will throw themselves into Quad Biking, Archery, Rifle Shooting and even Trapeze Walking.

By allowing children to take part in team games, the centre can help improve social skills and build confidence.

Nadine Barber, co-ordinator of Hillpark’s Autism Unit, said:”No two children are the same.

“All of our children attend Hillpark, where they can benefit from a mainstream education with support.

“Going to the outdoor activity centre in Perthshire is a highlight of the year. But as well as letting the kids have fun, there is also a very real educational benefit to the trip.

“We couldn’t believe it when the Teddy Bear Foundation agreed to subsidise the weekend visit.

“One of our parents had read about the charity’s work. We emailed Barry to ask if he might consider it.

“He emailed back to ask: “How much do you want?”
“It’s fantastic!”

Shooting activities at Dalguise

Shooting is just one of the activities at Dalguise in Perthshire.

On the way up - Hillpark

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