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Spin Out!

What is the Spin Out! class?

Spin Out uses circus as therapy! It is a fantastic weekly program, run by Warehouse Circus, that specifically caters to people with a range of disabilities. A great post-school option for those who are looking for thereapeutic activities after graduating high school!
Spin Out began in 2013 as an in school project at Black Mountain and Woden schools. The project was funded for one year by the ACT Government and involved  the delivery of circus programs throughout the school term, professional development for staff and the modification of training methods to cater for the diverse needs of the groups. Spin Out extended to include adults with ASD through a partnership with Sharing Places.

Benefits for participants

Our Spin Out! participants have demonstrated an improvement in:
– Physical engagement, strength and fitness
– Mobility, coordination, balance, hand-eye coordination, gross and fine motor skills
– Visual, spatial and biological awareness
– Problem solving and perseverance
– Self-confidence and motivation to become more engaged in other social/community activities
– Social engagement and team work

Who runs the classes?

Spin Out! is run by our highly qualified circus trainers, who have extensive experience in teaching circus to all ages and abilities as well as specific training in ASD, Occupational Therapy (OT), and Holistic Circus Therapy. We also have access to an OT who works closely with Warehouse Circus. We can organise an individual consultation with them in our circus space if requested at the participant’s own cost.

What circus activities will participants be doing?

Juggling, spinning plates, hoops, poi, trick sticks, pedalo, beam, unicycle, tumbling, trampoline, aerial activities and more!
Activities and equipment are often modified and adapted as needed to enable the participants to progress to the best of their ability.

How do we cater for individuals?

Each participant undergoes an OT based assessment. Their physical, cognitive, social, and emotional strengths and needs are identified and translated into achievable circus therapy goals. These specific goals will also be based on information provided by parents, support workers, therapists, and of course from the participants themselves. The activities in their program are designed to be challenging yet achievable, thereby ensuring a sense of accomplishment and progress. Goals are tracked and revised as required throughout the program, in order for individual participants to gain the most out of their experience.

When is it?

Spin Out! term programs run for ten weeks alongside the ACT school term. Each weekly class is one hour long. Class times are generally scheduled during the day on weekdays. 
Currently we have two adult Spin Out! classes running. They are:
Wednesday 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Friday 1:00pm – 2:00pm

We are also set up to run a class on Monday 11:00am – 12:00noon. Currently we do not have the numbers in order to run this class. If you are interested in this time slot please contact us.

Where will the classes be?

All of our Spin Out! classes are run at Warehouse Circus, 4/70 Maclaurin Crescent, Chifley. The building has ramps and disabled access for all levels of the building and toileting facilities.

NDIS and Support Workers

Warehouse Circus is not a registered NDIS probider, however many of our participants who qualify for NDIS receive funding for the extra support they need. Please speak with us for more information. As the class is targeted for people iwth high needs and other disabilities, all participants will need to either bring a support worker (at no extra cost) or demonstrate a level of independence and self-reliance to bring themselves to class, and participate and communicate with trainers as part of their enrolment.

Spin Out High School

Currently we are running school classes for Woden and Black Mountain Schools. These classes are run once per week with students coming to Chifley to learn circus.

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