What is Ted's Space?

In a Society of perfectionist, permission askers, non risk-takers, Ted’s Space is an experiential space to build interoceptive awareness, confidence and courage. The building blocks of animal trick training, problem solving and communication empowers students to build strong transferable physical and mental strategies to support them in the classroom, home and community environment.

Ted’s Space is a dynamic bespoke emotional support programme that meets the individual needs of the child.  Initially established to work with neuro diverse children it has become apparent that ALL tamariki flourish through this learning and it empowers them to take risks, make mistakes and be able to openly evaluate the outcomes. We encourage our tamariki to take a step back, it’s ok to start again - review what went wrong, laugh at our errors and think about what changes we could make going forward.

Facts or Feelings. Ted’s Space creates opportunities to feel feelings and unpack the facts around them.  Understanding the difference through communication, discussion and observation supports well-being and interoceptive awareness. Listening or talking. Teddy can’t talk but we build an understanding of his needs - how can we transfer this skill into the classroom, what do I need to observe, what do I need to exclude, what communication can I observe in others, how are my feelings impacting my observations of the facts.

Ted’s Space supports building self awareness, identifying feelings, observing individual and personal responses, and creating opportunities to build individual skills within a zone of proximal development (Vygostky)

Teddy wins the K9 Gold Award 2022

Announcing the winner of the 2022 K9 Gold Award.....(pause for effect)...........and yes THE WINNER IS ........TEDDY McKEE!!
Come on down Teddy.

The FIND Judges comments:
TEDDY is not only an office dog. He is a Brand and a Business in his own right. He is the CEO of Ted's Space. He works full-time as a therapy dog giving his (patent pending) "Warm-Fluffy-Hugs" and getting paid in tickles and more love....

Elizabeth McKee - his human and co-founder of Teds Space - tells us:
"Teddy is a pet therapy dog who works at schools in Upper Hutt and Porirua, supporting our young learners to build skills through a range of activities that bring Humans and Animals to walk side-by-side - we use trick training to build resilience, dog education, sensory awareness and key skills of courage, compassion and consent.

Teddy LOVES working with our students and he is clearly loved by them too! Teddy's main job is providing much needed cuddles and support where ever it is needed!

We have also included some awesome writing (below) from students at Papakowhai School in Porirua where Teddy began working about 5 weeks ago.

They have been learning about Teddy and the work he does, how to engage with dogs and what type of work Teddy can do with them at school - we've had a great time getting to know them and look forward to working more with them all.

Here are samples of TEDDY WRITING by his clients at Papakowhai School...

Teddy is a nine year old blond spoodle and a therapy dog who helps all types of people.

Teddy visits Hospitals,Schools and Rest Homes and can help people when they are low with his warm fluffy hugs.

Teddy is also a living thing and has feelings so you need to treat him well

Here is how you can treat teddy:

1. When Teddy enters a room, stay quiet and still and wait till he
comes to you.

2. If you see Teddy (or any dog) and you want to pet him, ask the owner and then ask teddy because he might not want to be pet and he needs breaks too and always ask where to pet the dog and remember No means No.

3. If Teddy is wearing his fluro jacket it means he is working and can't be a pet or he is just taking a break.

4. Two ways to tell if Teddy is happy or not is the way his tail moves. If his tail is loose and sways around he is happy and if his tail is stiff and hard he is overwhelmed and uncomfortable. Or if you see the white in his eyes he isn't so happy and needs a break.

Teddy is a very interesting dog and there is so much to learn about him.

Here are 5 fun facts about Teddy:

1. Teddy used to live with a bunny!
2. Teddy is going to live longer because he is smaller!
3. Teddy can do cool tricks like jumping through hoops,ringing bells,paw,roll over and even more!
4. Teddys coat is more like a wool material then fur which means 2 things: he is hypoallergenic and when he gets wet he smells like wet sheep!

Teddy is such a nice dog and I can't wait to see him again!
So BIG Congratulations Teddy McKee - a very deserving K9 Gold Winner who will enter the K9 Gold Hall of Fame (coming soon)

Kia Kaha Teddy.

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  • Team work makes the dream work

    Ted's space were lucky to spend time with our amazing trainer and mentor Bex Tasker from Positively Together. It was great to have all three dogs together and all working hard on team and individual goals, thoroughly supported by positive reinforcement. Don't you just love their fabulous Ted's space bandanas too proudly sponsored by Twolittlespoons :)

  • Dressing up for the SPCA

    It was animal dress up day at school today....So this did mean to dress up the animals right?Ted was very gracious and was an awesome bee for the day bringing tonnes of giggles and squeals to his small human friends.

  • Always a listening ear

    Here's a step back in time to where it all began, with a wonderful young man who Teddy simply adored! These two read piles of books together, Ted listened to stories written about him, offered a soft fluffy ear to listen with and a place just to be and recharge for the day ahead.

  • Even Ted needs to recharge

    Teddy and Elizabeth always try to sneak a few minutes at the beach before their dog training class....super windy but Ted enjoys just zooming around the beach and just being a dog!

How you can help Ted's Space?

Our dream is to see Ted's Space accessible to all kiwi kids, whether in person or online with a range of interactive resources. To do this we are working hard as a team to secure larger funding for the long term growth of the programme.

We are so lucky to have sponsors coming on board to share their skills and also provide us with amazing products to sell to raise money ourselves.

We are excited to launch a range of products from Clarity Co and Wonky Stitches to get the funds coming in and provide you with some amazing gifts and keepsakes.

$$ donated from each product is on the listing and all funds are deposited directly into the Ted's Space bank account.

Postage is available but we can also arrange local delivery.

Feel free to get in touch with us at tedsspacenz@gmail.com should you like your business to be a part of our range of retail items or you would like to contribute.

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