Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND)

At Splatter Dance we have extensive experience in teaching children & young people with a range of Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND’s). This includes individuals who have:

  • Autism
  • Downs Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Moderate to severe & complex learning needs
  • Speech & language needs (including those who are non-verbal)
  • Global delay
  • Behavioural or social needs

We always work in close collaboration with school teachers so that lessons are tailored to the specific needs of all participants. Our lessons provide a clear routine & structure with content that is slowly developed over a number of weeks. This allows all children to make gradual progress at their own pace as well as supporting those who find change difficult. Many children we work with also find engaging in group activities challenging. We devise activities that are motivating to the specific children we are working with & that will attract them into a group so that participating becomes a fun experience.

In line with our belief that we learn best by doing something, our work with children who have additional needs enables them to learn & understand the action words & positional language found in dance. They can then connect the physical action with the verbal language used to describe it. Makaton sign language is used to support communication & language skills, as well as a range of visuals (including a visual timetable) so children & school staff know the order of what will happen in the lesson. Ultimately, having the opportunity to express themselves non-verbally, when most children with additional needs find verbal communication confusing & challenging is a great benefit to the overall wellbeing of each child.