Drawing upon the unique way that our team of animals, staff and volunteers, are able to motivate, engage and empower, we have been able to monitor and evidence positive changes in attendance, exclusion, attitude and behaviour within primary, secondary, SEN schools, academies, alternative education provisions, and Colleges.
We visit schools across Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire, working with Inclusion Teams, Support Workers, Speech Therapists, Teachers, Occupational Therapists and Educational Psychologists to design and facilitate individually tailored goal-orientated therapeutic programmes, with key focuses;
- Dog phobia programmes – supporting children with step-by-step person-centred sessions for overcoming phobias of dogs – a difficulty that impacts on their day-to-day lives and access to services in their community.
- Animal and Land-Based Assisted Education – supporting children with regular lesson plans to support their Individual Learning Plans and life-skill development.
- Animal-Assisted Therapy – when working in a 121 scenario with a therapist assisting.
Introducing young people to opportunities that they would never have otherwise had, this project has gone further to reach the wider community, creating life changing positive connections amongst over 500 of those most isolated, an area highlighted as being in the top 10% of most deprived of England, Fenland.
- Reduced exclusions
- Improved attendance
- Reduced challenging behaviour
- Development of social skills
- Better at listening
- Improved self-confidence
- More exercise and physical awareness
- Better ability to concentrate and focus
Octavia TBAP AP Academy, a secondary alternative provision supporting young people experiencing difficulties with their learning and behaviour in mainstream school, tasked us with reaching the hardest to reach group for this project, and here is what we achieved from just 8 weeks!
“We have seen a decrease in challenging behaviours, decrease in exclusions, increase in achievement points and increase in attendance. “