During our project with Swiss Cottage Special Needs school in N. London, we worked around 15 different children with special needs. Jamie, our highly skilled workshop leader, was able to adapt the project to suit the specific needs of each participant, at the same time as facilitating group work that everyone could take part in. For a quick insight into this please wacth our Swiss Cottage video.
Abas (name changed), who was confined to a motorised wheel chair, was particulalry keen to get involved and Jamie worked hard to find things that were suitable and compatible with his physical abilities. He was very good a spinning poi and plate spinning, but what really got him engaged, was when Jamie made some equipment called a “finger baton” especially for him. Here are some exerts from an audio interview that Peter did with Abas asking a series of pre-set questions at the end of the project:
Pete: Did the workshops make you feel happier? Abas: Yes I like it. Peter: Can you do more in circus skills lessons than in sports lessons? Abas: Circus skills. Yes. Pete: Do you feel more confident because of learning circus skills? Abas: Cause I learnt this [the finger baton – shows me and gives a demonstation]. Pete: So it makes you feel like you can do things, does it make you feel like you are more physically active? Abas: Yes.
To see Abas in action and to hear Jamie talk about this process please watch the video on our Swiss Cottage page; and also read, this and other, evaluatoions here.