I’ve had the pleasure of working with many people who have severe and complex learning difficulties, moderate learning difficulties to others who have severe cases of autism and physical complications. I now have a great understanding of how to communicate with them and thoroughly enjoy my visits to their schools. They should all have the opportunity of interacting with animals and I have adapted ways so they can all have the pleasure of handling them.
I have great satisfaction in knowing that I can assist in stimulating their senses. I have an animal that smells strange and snake skins for them to touch. They will experience many different animal textures and sounds.
I have a British Sign Language level 1 certificate.
I saw an autistic boy that on arrival said that he hated snakes. He was slightly panicking so I sat and spoke to all the children first and reassured them that my animals are pets and are all friendly. To show how friendly my animals are, I occasionally kiss them. By the end of this lesson the boy also wanted to kiss my snake and told me he loved them. I was overjoyed I always do my best for the individual and in this case it was a real breakthrough.
I always arrive early so that I can assess each person individually. The children or adults that have the urge to grab can also touch the animals but I need assistance to hold their hands still. I am more than happy to teach lessons to those who have learning difficulties. Please take a look at the lessons I teach and I can adapt one to your needs.
With my animals, enthusiasm and a little help from a few brave volunteers everyone always has a great time. I have 100% positive feedback so together let’s give them an opportunity they wouldn’t normally get.