Getting Our Thinking Caps On
ADO and Greenwich MENCAP have succesfully applied in a partnership bid to raise funding over £15,000 for a project we have called 'Talking Tails', which will be delivered in the new school year from September, for the direct benefit of Greenwich Schools.
Talking Tails Project
Talking Tails is a partnership project delivered by ADO and Greenwich MENCAP. It's an educational and therapeutic project delivered in mainstream primary schools that encourages social communication and collaboration between children with learning disabilities and children who do not have learning disabilities. An ADO therapist attends school with a selection of animals with set tasks prepared around caring for the animals requiring the children to work collaboratively. Through the tasks the children work together, communicate with each other and enjoy their time together while administering to the animal’s needs.
To improve the experience of children with learning disabilities who attend mainstream school environments
♦ To develop communication skills within a safe, therapeutic environment.
♦ To develop positive interactions with peers, including peers without learning disabilities who would benefit from developing their awareness and understanding of learning disabilities
♦ To reduce experiences of isolation, anxiety and other emotions that impact on social and academic progress.
♦ To develop team skills through a joint goal (caring for an animal) and thus building self-esteem.
The sessions will be delivered 1 day a week over 12 weeks and each session lasts for 3 hours.
The project has been sent to all schools in the Greenwich Borough and to date we have confirmed the following schools will be taking advantage of the unique opportunity:
♦ St.Alfege with St.Peter CE School ♦ Kidbrooke Primary School ♦ Nightingale Primary School ♦ Rockcliffe Manor Primary School ♦ Timbercroft Primary School ♦ St.Joseph's Primary School ♦ Holy Family Catholic Primary School ♦ Fossdene Primary School ♦ Boxgrove Primary School