"This is a peaceful and nurturing school environment, with a unique sense of calm and mutual respect so badly needed by our daughter. We love how the staff are closely attuned to the emotional state of each child, and are able to proactively manage their needs accordingly. Demands and recovery time/activities are closely managed and balanced to optimize the learning environment.
Positive reinforcement is provided throughout the day with praise/small rewards for trying new things, being brave, and efforts at self-regulation. Learning around emotional health and regulation is embedded within the approach and sensitively modelled/explained. For example, our child was encouraged to try blowing big slow bubbles with a bubble wand to regulate her breathing, the exercise included providing the rationale for the exercise (dampening excess adrenaline) and distraction of bubbles meant that she could successfully use the technique to calm herself.
It is fantastic to see communication managed sensitively, very inclusive of those who struggle with selective mutism (options including writing/drawing on whiteboards, typing on tablets,
and carefully worded questions that only require non verbal responses.
For the first time in over two years, our daughter has been able to attend school for five days a week without significant negative impact to her mental health and wellbeing. We believe
that this is because the provisions identified in her EHCP are being implemented thoroughly and with genuine understanding.
Watching our child start to flourish in this setting, with staff who genuinely understand both her needs and her potential, is eye-opening, and an incredible relief. We wish this provision
had been here years ago and are excited to see it grow in the future!" AL