Early Intervention

Therapeutic play is freedom!

One of the children that attended therapeutic play recently has told Kickstart facilitator Jackie, that it “allows freedom of thought”. Each session is child-led and very individual, however a toy that is used commonly by many is the bricks. Whether it is lego, duplo or mega-blocks doesn’t matter: free construction offers free thinking, free movement…
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Practicing NVC at Smart Choices

The challenge at Smart Choices this week was to understand and practice non-verbal communication. Some children found this harder than others as you might imagine. As it was World Book Day, there was a visit from Mr Bean, Harry Potter and Steve from Minecraft at Smart Choices. Following explanations and discussions, the children made a…
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Kickstart Intervention

At Kickstart we offer a three-tier intervention programme. Therapeutic work This is specialist targeted support for youngsters whom are struggling with emotional regulation to the degree it is impacting on their education and development at home, and in a school setting or provision. The sessions are based on creative art, design or play dependent on…
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Smart Choices – Early Intervention Programme

Kickstart offer intensive mentoring for primary school pupils who may require in-school support for a variety of reasons. The majority of pupils that are identified and considered ‘vulnerable’ may have difficulties in socialising, communicating, confidence and self-esteem. (Ofsted, 2011) identified that concerns fall into three main categories: • Behavioural Difficulties – aggression, ‘acting out’ •…
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Punching for Progress

Non-contact boxing sessions to educate about healthy choices, improve activity, and learn new skills….. Kickstart’s amateur boxing coach has been delivering non-contact boxing sessions in Wigan, Leigh, Salford and Trafford.   Over the last 12 months, Year 6 pupils at Sacred Heart Primary School in Leigh have been benefitting from non-contact boxing  classes on Tuesday…
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Smart Choices – Green Fingers

Green Fingers With Smart Choices Kickstart, in Partnership with City West has been working with pupils from Westwood Park Community Primary School in Eccles to deliver the brand new intervention programme ‘Smart Choices’. Pupils from year 3 were selected to take part in the programme which lasts 10 weeks and is aimed at reducing anti-social…
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