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    Weʼve raised £695 to raise money for Kingsmill ABA department for use towards training and/or equipment.

    Driffield, United Kingdom
    Funded on Sunday, 24th September 2017

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    So, the day before I hit the BIG 4–0 I’ve decided to take part in the Great North Run! On Sunday September 10th, I’ll be joining thousands of other runners on a 13.1-mile ‘jog’ through Newcastle city centre, over the iconic Tyne Bridge, through Gateshead and onto the finish in South Shields. Rather than just doing it for fun, I thought I’d take this opportunity to ask family, friends and customers to help me raise money for a cause very close to my heart: the ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) Class at Kings Mill Special School in Driffield.

    Why Kings Mill Special School, and why the ABA Class?

    Some of you may be aware that my 5-year old nephew Emmett is autistic. At just under a year old he began to change from a happy, smiling, babbling baby into a quiet little guy with limited responses and eye contact. With lots of intensive interaction from his parents and outside services we are happily starting to see a little bit more of Emmett each day. However, he is still non-verbal, unaware of danger and needs one-to-one supervision during his waking hours. He was originally in a mainstream school with his twin sister Esmé, but it soon became obvious that he was going to need specialist teaching.

    In January, Emmett was extremely lucky to be offered a place in the Lower ABA Class at Kings Mill Special School. I say lucky, because Kings Mill is the only Special School in the north that offers fully funded ABA classes! Elsewhere, this therapy would cost around £30,000 a year to fund privately.

    It's still early days, but we have already seen positive progress since Emmett started the ABA therapy, and hopefully it will enable him to lead an independent life in the future.

    Based in Driffield, Yorkshire, Kings Mill caters for pupils aged between 2 and 19 who have a variety of special educational needs, including severe or profound learning difficulties, epilepsy, physical disabilities, sensory impairment and challenging behaviour, as well as autism.

    The school has two specialist ABA classes for pupils with autism. ABA is used to teach new skills and to help reduce problem behaviours. The teaching is highly individualised and intensive, using strategies based on applying the principles of learning and motivation from a body of science called ‘Behaviour Analysis’. Based on decades of research, ABA is very effective and children who have huge barriers to learning are able to make great progress. All of Kings Mill’s ABA teachers are supported, advised and trained through the Carbone Clinic in New York.

    Of course, in order to teach in this way, the staff need frequent and on-going training which is extremely expensive. This money is mostly raised through fund raising, rather than using school budgets.

    They are always very grateful for any support they receive which goes toward helping them teach the children as effectively as possible, so that they can make the best progress. Any funds raised go towards much needed resources and staff training and help ensure ABA's future at the school – so please help if you can, I really want the blisters to be worth it!



    • Ben Cox1 year ago
      Ben Cox

      Ben Cox

      1 year ago

      Words cannot express my feelings, nor my thanks for all you kindness in your donations. so to keep it simple, may I say yo you all a great big thank you.So five weeks today I started and finished The Great North Run, a gruelling half marathon through the packed streets of Newcastle to South Shields. A day I had trained hard for. A day that was so electric. I was pumped with excitement and adrenilin. I ploughed my way through thousands to finish 2125th fastest with a time of 1hour 37 minuets. With a total of £750 raised the pain was nothing.

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    • Kate Baker

      Kate Baker

      Sep 10, 2017

      Good luck BenFrom the BakersXxx




      Sep 10, 2017

      Good luck!


    • Gavin Oxtoby

      Gavin Oxtoby

      Sep 10, 2017

      You better finish in top 3.. R Ben...


    • Clare Coleman

      Clare Coleman

      Sep 10, 2017

      Good luck Ben


    • Yvonne Cox

      Yvonne Cox

      Sep 10, 2017

      Good Luck Ben from Barry and Elaine


    • Helen Cox

      Helen Cox

      Sep 9, 2017

      Good luck from James and Helen


    • Daniel Aylwin

      Daniel Aylwin

      Sep 9, 2017

      Best of luck! Fog on the Tyne!


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