Freemantles School

Freemantles School

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HAVEN Therapy and Teaching Facility

HAVEN: Horticulture/Animal care/Vocational/Environmental/Nature

Widening the occupations older students take part in is a vital part of their progress through school and preparation for adulthood. Additionally, it gives students opportunity to continue to develop skills that underpin occupation such as using their hands effectively, following instructions and work routine, taking responsibility and using initiative.

Through HAVEN, students can start to develop new occupational roles. Students may:

HAVEN provides a nurturing environment which supports students emotional wellbeing by:

Skilled, experienced teaching staff select, grade and break down HAVEN occupations to provide the “just right” challenge for each student.

WHY ARE HAVEN OCCUPATIONS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT NOW?

Research highlights the increasingly sedentary, technology focussed lives young people are leading which is contributing to the growing number of mental and physical health issues young people are experiencing.

HAVEN occupations mostly happen outside in natural environments which research identifies as improving wellbeing. The active nature of work contributes to students physical fitness, no screen time contributes to eye health, the sensory nature of the work nourishes the sensory system. Being outside with space and quietness provides a calm environment in which to work productively.

WE WANT TO ENSURE HAVEN OCCUPATIONS ARE EXTENDED INTO EVERYDAY LIFE

The work carried out at HAVEN is just the first step for a student. Ultimately the aim is that it will impact all areas of their life. Examples at home could include:

Emma Clee, Occupational Therapist