Haven Team

Welcome to the Haven

We positively support children’s social, emotional and mental health. The interventions we provide enable children to make good progress in learning.

The Haven Team

The Haven team look after our pupil’s social, emotional and mental health needs.  They provide interventions including; pet therapy, therapeutic play sessions, therapeutic drawing and talking, 6 bricks Lego Therapy, Audio therapy, mindful walking groups, transitional support, Tacpac, relaxation sessions, deep pressure and targeted 1:1 behaviour support.  They also work closely with our occupational therapist to provide interventions supporting our pupil’s sensory integration needs.  We are also extremely lucky to be able to offer off site Equine Assisted Learning where children are able to participate in horse riding, grooming, leading, horse care, farm animal care and stable management activities. We also have the wonderful Flamingo Chicks who are a group that promote inclusion through dance. You may have seen some of our pupils recently performing with Flamingo Chicks on ITV’s This Morning!

Pet Therapy

Meet Beau, our baby Hermanns tortoise. She’s helping our children develop lots of skills:

Some of the benefits of pet therapy are:

  • improved fine motor skills
  • improved assisted or independent movement
  • increase in self-esteem
  • decrease in anxiety or loneliness
  • increase in communication
  • development of social skills
  • increased willingness to join activities and improved interaction with others.
    and may also support the development of literacy skills.


Deep Pressure.

As a school we are constantly learning about the benefits of deep pressure for some pupils.
Deep Pressure is provided through firm holding, hugging and squeezing. This type of firm touch helps some children calm when they are feeling anxious or upset. We have a number of staff trained by a physio to deliver deep pressure to pupils.


1 to 1 Play Intervention Sessions.

During our sand, play and drawing session’s we encourage children to take the lead rather than expecting them to follow an adults instructions. The sessions help children work through their emotions and feelings and so improve the social, emotional and mental health. They also help improve behaviour and attention which in turn supports academic achievement.


Positive Play Sessions

Groups of children from across school come together in the Haven for positive play sessions. They help children build friendships and develop the turn taking and sharing skills.


Rebound & Bounce

Barry and Aalia are trained rebound instructors. They take children for sessions in our specially designed rebound room. It encourages physical movement, balance and body awareness, helps to develop communication and turn taking skills and offers a lot of other benefits and it’s lots of fun! Some pupils go to ‘Bounce Sessions’ which allow them to let off steam by bouncing around on the trampoline.


Intensive Interaction

Aalia is a trained Intensive Interaction practitioner. She runs sessions with children who are at the early stages of communication. This encourages them to develop communication skills such as eye contact and turn taking as well as enjoyment in spending time with another person. It’s lots of fun and builds confidence and self esteem.

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