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Other Therapies

Assisted Animal Therapy

Assisted Animal Therapy is goal-directed; the children are set achievable objectives and outcomes are measured and evaluated. AAT is undertaken with the intention to support children through important social, emotional and physical developments.

Animal Assisted Activities are often animal workshops with less structured objectives. These activities are often undertaken for an educational purpose but may still have social and emotional benefits for the children involved.

For children with disabilities or difficulties of all kinds, animal therapy can be hugely beneficial and has previously made major changes to children’s lives in many different ways.

School of Opportunities

Therapy Dogs

Our therapy dogs are trained to provide affection, comfort and support to the children in our school. They are used to aid learning, build empathy and support our children in regulating their emotions. Children are able to walk the dogs, read to them and sit with them during stressful moments. Our dogs often join the children during play time and lunch time.

Mentoring

Mentoring is delivered by our trusted adults; sessions offer our children quality time with a trusted adult and a safe environment in which to speak freely. Sessions offer support, encouragement and fun.

Wilderness Therapy

Learning outdoors helps our children to develop their creativity, problem-solving, independence, confidence and more.   Wilderness therapy enables children to regulate and remove barriers to learning, increase children’s love of exploring and being outside and creates opportunities to find new hobbies and future interests.

SEMH Curriculum

Our team of therapists have developed a social, emotional and mental health curriculum which includes the key elements of Relationships, Identity, Emotions, Wellbeing, Communication and Community.

Children come to us as individual beings, with unique circumstances that have impacted their lives and therefore their emotional development. We recognise our children will, at times, require specific psycho-educational programmes addressing themes such as social skills, negative thought patterns, anxiety, self-esteem and more.