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- Animals in Education, Play and Mental Well-Being
Welcome to Animals in Mind Blog - our space to share all about Animal Assisted Therapy, Animal Assisted Education and More! About me - Lynn Hart, I am a life-long animal lover, qualified teacher (PGCE), qualified in Animal Welfare and Behaviour (BSc Hons) and specialise in Animal Assisted Education and Therapy with an Masters in Education (MA Ed). I have personally and professionally experienced the profound effects of the human-animal bond from a very young age, initially with my childhood dogs Blackie and Dasher and latterly in my work in schools and colleges. One of the career changing moments for me came in 2018, when working in a Further Education College. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, all serious student behaviour issues came to my attention. This was, most often in a student disciplinary, when a teacher felt they could do 'no more' and a student was facing possible exclusion. One young lady who may never know the impact she had on me, changed my working life from the day I met her in an 'exclusion meeting'. I will call her Aneesha. Aneesha was struggling, she had been in and out of care for several years due to the substance abuse of the grown ups in her life. She 'acted up' in class, sought attention and struggled with behaviour management. At it's peak, she threw a chair at the teacher - distressing for all. When meeting Aneesha, she was 'shut down', would not look me in the eye, had her hood hiding her eyes and her head down. Trying to connect to reach out to find out more about her was not easy. I needed to find out what made her feel happy. Needless to say, the answer was 'when with her Aunties German Shepherd Dog'. Once our mutual connection about our love of dogs (and other animals) was established, this young woman managed to tell me what made her feel alive, how the dog brought her happiness, how he didn't judge her, and seemed to understand when she felt low. What she described, I now know to be the 'human-animal bond'. A bond that I have the pleasure in saying fulfils both my professional work and my my personal life. It is the reason why I share my life with a menagerie of wonderful and eclectic animals. Recognising the impact that animals had on people, particularly those who struggle in social settings (such as school) either emotionally, behaviourally or socially; Lynn set up Animals in Mind in 2021 and now offers Animal Assisted Therapy and Animal Assisted Education. What we will blog about? Our blogs will be short and sweet (like Pippin, our Therapy Dog here!) and add to the growing information on benefits of the human-animal bond. We will cover everything related to Animal Assisted Therapy, a growing field in the UK. We will share our adventures through our Animal Assisted Education Activity. Importantly, we will share lots of fun and fascinating facts about what our lovely animal assistants have been up to! Stay connected Are you also amazed at the human animal bond? Are you intrigued about how animals can assist in education? Do you simply love seeing and hearing stories about companion animals. Do you want to hear more about the growing benefits and field of Animal Assisted Therapy or Education, then please subscribe for updates here.
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- Animal Assisted Therapy | Animals in Mind | Northampton
What We Do Our mission is to help people learn, grow and heal through the benefits of the human animal bond. We achieve this by positive, inspiring, educative or therapeutic interactions with our amazing and eclectic mix of companion animals. Animals in Mind delivers Animal Assisted Activities, including Animal Assisted Therapy/Interventions, and Animal Assisted Education. Animal Assisted Therapy is provided to individuals and or organisations and education providers. We specialise in working with neuro-diverse individuals and those with additional needs. Animal Education Workshops are provided to Schools, Clubs, Charities, Home Schooling (including EOTAS funded alternative provision). We also work in residential Care Home for Children, Individuals with Disabilities and Older People. Our educational and therapy based sessions with our amazing co-therapist animals are life-enhancing and places high regard for the welfare of our animals. Read More About Us Silhouette of a cat Animal Assisted Therapy / Interventions Animal Assisted Therapy and Intervention is a relatively new field in the UK, with a wide range of applications / goals and benefits. We specialise in working with neuro-diverse individuals, supporting emotional regulation and learning difficulties. We work with individuals with mental health / burn-out, social anxieties and agoraphobia. Our interventions are low demand, client driven and totally flexible, so ideal for individuals with ASD with a Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) profile. Read More Silhouette of a snake Animal Assisted Education Animal Assisted Education services cover a wide range of applications and users, from curriculum sessions covering KS 1-5 in Schools, through to Summer School Activities and homer schooling consortia. We also specialise in providing 1-1 and small group Alternative Education for children with SEN / EHCP. We are listed on the local offer and care givers and parents working to reach agreements for EOTA funding will find that we are recognised in the provision of support for educational and therapeutic outcomes by local authorities. Read More Silhouette of a rabbit Animal Assisted Encounters in Care and for Mental Health Animal-assisted encounters in the care setting, offer opportunities for people in care to benefit from the human-animal bond. We work with both Children and Adult Care and with profound and complex needs and disabilities. We work with child protection services, young peoples mental health services (NHSCT, at Berrywood Hospital), Acquired Brain Injury Units, as well as Assisted Living Centres for all ages and needs of clients. Read More What We Offer From the start of our correspondence, Lynn was helpful and very accommodating. The price was also incredible for the quality of the visit. All my class got to interact with several animals and were able to ask lots of questions to develop their learning. Lynn was informative, warm and adapted her visit to suit our needs. I was particularly impressed with how she catered for our SEND children. Overall an experience myself and the children will never forget. The smiles on their faces were priceless. Samantha C Rectory Farm Primary: Northamptonshire
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- Our Services | Animals in Mind | Northampton
What We Offer We offer Animal Assisted Therapy / Intervention and Animal Assisted Education. Animal Assisted Therapy / Interventions Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) and Animal Assisted Intervention (AAI) is an exciting new field of development for supporting and enhancing a child or adult through difficult times in their lives, to aid personal growth. It has a wide range of applications / goals and benefits. It is highly suited to children and adults with social, emotional and mental health difficulties, or for behavioural difficulties, Children and adults with special educational needs benefit from both the sensory interaction, and the personal growth in confidence from being with, and facilitating play with the animals. We have a comprehensive on-boarding process to ensure that AAT/I is right for the individual and that we have a detailed understanding of any support needs, safeguarding needs. Please see our 'client journey' process here. Sessions are usually one to one, or small groups (such as family groups), and this service is offered in Northampton, so that the interactions with animals take place in the animals natural environment. Fees We try to keep our fees for AAI/T particularly low, as we want this to be affordable if this is privately funded or paid for through a personal budget, via EHCP or EOTAS funding. See our fee structure for Individual AAI/T here and our group or filial (family) here Enquire Now Animal Assisted Therapy / Interventions Alternative Education Animals in Mind offer Alternative Education Programmes for children aged 8 upwards. Our programmes are individually designed and can include working with our animals, and / or nature based /outdoor learning activities. Please see our prospectus here for more information. Fees We try to keep our costs as low as possible and are not for profit, with all our income going towards the animals upkeep, and / or subsidised rates. A guide to our Alternative Education programme, including term dates, fees and how to book can be found here . We will gladly then personalise any quote for you. Enquire Now Animal Assisted Education Animal Assisted Education offers a range of Animal Workshops in a variety of settings in schools, colleges, museums, community events clubs, and charities. Our visits to schools aim to increase children's connection with animals, their habitats, diet, and how we care for them as companion animals and aligns to the national curriculum, or other identified goals We teach all about the animals, their country of origin, their classification, and important role in the eco-system. All delivered in age appropriate terminology linked to the intended curriculum. People with SEN find Animal Education stimulating and highly engaging, Animal Workshops help to improve individuals self-esteem, dexterity as well as cognition, all in a fun and relaxed way. Fees We try to keep our costs as low as possible and are not for profit, with all our income going towards the animals upkeep. A guide to the costs can be found here. We will gladly then personalise any quote for you. Enquire Now Animal Assisted Education Animal Assisted Encounters in Care Settings and for Mental Health Animal assisted encounters in the care setting, offer opportunities for people in care to benefit from the human-animal bond. Care settings can include clients in supported accommodation, older persons care, SEN residential schools for children and individuals with learning difficulties/ disabilities., or mental health support needs. Sessions can be tailored to specific needs. For example dementia memory therapy, in older adult care settings that increase mobility and dexterity and the well known relaxation and stress reducing effects that petting and being close to animals provides. Fees Our fees for our care homes are discounted, as we recognise the care setting has little funding for activities for residents. A guide to the costs can be found here. We will gladly then personalise any quote for your setting. Enquire Now Animal Assisted Encounters in Care Pet Business Consultancy Animals in Mind offers a range of Pet Animal Consultancy Services, from designing and delivering Animal related curriculum and courses, through to supporting the new pet businesses to gain their Animal License; Lynn can provide services to ensure Animals in your setting are cared for and happy. Examples: In response to the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020, Lynn wrote and designed the Covid-19: Disease Control for Pet Professionals for the National Pet College The design and production of the Dogs in the Workplace programme for the National Pet College Working with Macyntyre school children in companion animal care as part of their empowerment and education enrichment strategy before the children has a school pet Working with an Animal Encounter business to support their Animal License application Enquire Now