“Fabulous time this afternoon. We opted for the quiet session as my little boy has ASD. Both of the kids enjoyed every second of it! Thank you Lisa for being so wonderful with them. Zachary coped really well. He told me it was amazing on our way home. Happy kids equals happy Mummy”Happy mummy, via Facebook
The benefits of Forest School for children and young people with additional needs are vast. From developing self-esteem and self worth, to building resilience and furthering communication skills in a safe, success-filled natural environment.
Lisa has extensive experience working with children and young people with a variety of additional needs. She is currently a SENCo in two North Warwickshire primary schools and has also done this role in Derbyshire and Staffordshire.
During her time working with KS1 complex needs children in a primary special school she gained many invaluable skills working with verbal and non-verbal pupils on the autistic spectrum.
Lisa was also a SENCo in a Pupil Referral Unit alongside teaching students from 4-16 years of age that had been permanently excluded from mainstream education.
Lisa spent a year in a primary special school running Forest School sessions with pupils with a variety of needs including Downs Syndrome, non-verbal and verbal autism, selective mutism, physical disabilities and behavioural concerns.
She has also done sessions with pupils at a high school where a teacher gained funding for a Looked After Child (LAC) to help develop her social skills with other girls. These sessions included knife work, fire lighting, putting up hammocks and paracord knotting.
Lisa has welcomed local charities to her Forest School site at Amerton Farm including an autism support group. Also at her site she has had visits from special schools in Lichfield and Stafford. Lisa also visited Caudwell International Children’s Centre to deliver a suction archery session to young people on the autistic spectrum.
During the school holidays children and young people with additional needs can access a ‘Quiet Time’ Forest School session where guests and their families can take part in outdoor activities or independent exploration on their own or with two other guests.
Please get in touch for more information if Lisa could support your child, young person or pupils access inclusive Forest School sessions.