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Kaleidoscope and Parent Support Worker

Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope Colour Therapy is a structured programme which builds self-esteem and confidence in children. This is achieved through activities using sound, aroma, colour, light and natural materials.

A typical Kaleidoscope session features the following seven areas;

1.   RELAX -            relax the mind and body, reverse the effects of over stimulation and clutter in the brain.

2.      VISUALISE -        mental rehearsal, positive friendships.

3.      EXPRESS -        emotions and feelings through colours.

4.      MOVE -           move and dance to music, experience fun and laughter, releasing serotonin in the brain giving that feel good factor.

5.      BUILD -            building self –esteem, playing simple games, giving and receiving genuine compliments.

6.      EXPLORE -       multi sensory approach, process not product, risk taking without fear of failure.

7.      AFFIRM -         positive affirmations to take away, affirm the positive effects of the Kaleidoscope session.

There are eight recognised colours; each colour has significance and meaning:

Magenta - Helps us to be forgiving and make new friends.

Violet - Helps us to feel special and important.

Blue - Helps us to feel relaxed calm and peaceful.

Turquoise - Helps us to feel better when we are feeling poorly.

Green - Helps us to feel balanced (not too silly, not too serious).

Yellow - Helps us to concentrate, to help us with reading and writing.

Orange - Helps us to enjoy singing and dancing.

Red - Helps us to feel strong and full of energy.

In addition to our fully equipped and resourced Kaleidoscope Colour Therapy room, all classes have resources to enable all children to start each day with a Kaleidoscope activity. This ensures all children and calm and ready to learn.

Kaleidoscope helps to break down the barriers to learning. It promotes positive thinking and helps children to feel good about themselves whilst developing positive relationships. Kaleidoscope has strong links to the PSHE curriculum and the therapist works closely with the PSHE leader and teachers providing them with assessment data and observations.

At St James all pupils are timetabled to visit the Kaleidoscope room at least once a week in a small group. Children are assesses and monitored for their well-being and specific children are targeted for additional support.

In addition to being trained in Colour Therapy the therapist is qualified and trained in a whole wealth of additional intervention and support programmes including Theraplay. In consultation with the Head teacher, parent and the class teacher an appropriate programme is agreed and implemented.

The Kaleidoscope Therapist is also the Parent Support Worker for the school and she works closely with children and families requiring support for a whole host of needs and circumstances. She also facilitates parent groups in skills of positive parenting and the Solihull approach which also develop parents’ understanding of their children’s behaviour and emotional needs.

Our provision is the only fully accredited Kaleidoscope Therapy unit, with a fully qualified practitioner in the County.  Consequently we provide a learning platform for other agencies; we hold group sessions for other professionals to experience the positive effects and impact of Kaleidoscope.


What the children say

“It makes you really relaxed and 
takes away your worries.”             E.W. 7 years

“The room has nice things in and helps 
you with your feelings.”                 
Z.S. 7 years


“I like visualisations and the worry beads, 
They get rid of bad thoughts.”       T.C. 7 years

“It’s the best place in the school, 
I like going there because we do fun stuff.”    

                                                    L.A. 7 years


What the Adults say

“An excellent experience. Adults as well as children benefit from this.”
Freda

“Wonderful, when can I move in! My daughter loves it. It has helped her a great deal. Thank you.”
Tiffany Schreiber

“It’s a very good method of getting into the mind of children and helpful to improve their life style.”
David Joseph

“An excellent idea, a positive way to help and encourage children to express their worries.”
Amanda & Sam Huxley


“I think it is a great room for the kids and to help them express themselves.”
Kim Kempson