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)