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 therapeutic activities after graduating high school and for the first time in 2019 we opened a Spin Out Core Program specifically catering to young people aged 5 and up!
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?
We take note of their physical, cognitive, social, and emotional strengths and develop a class routine that encompasses their needs. Depending on the capacities of the participation, the classes can be very full of activities, or be really focused on a few specific areas. Goals are developed in partnership with the participant, families and health professionals. The activities in their program are designed to be challenging yet achievable, thereby ensuring a sense of accomplishment and progress. With the wide range of activities and personalities in the groups, some people are better suited to different classes and we strive to match a participants with an appropriate group.
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 for adults and after school for young people.
Monday 11:00am – 12:00noon (Adults 18yrs+)
Tuesdays 4:00pm – 5:00pm (5 – 17yrs)
Wednesday 1:30pm – 2:30pm (Adults 18yrs+)
Friday 1:00pm – 2:00pm (Adults 18yrs+)
$320 per term
Family Discounts available. Fees pro-rated for mid-term enrolments.
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 provider, 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 with 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, Black Mountain, Malkara and Cranleigh Schools as part of an ACT Healthy Canberra Grant. These classes are run once per week with students coming to Chifley to learn circus.
If you have any questions, feel free to call us on (02) 6260 3626 or fill out this Contact Us form.
See for yourself!
Want to learn more about our Spin Out! programs? Click here to watch our short film “Social Perspectives”!