Improving lives through animal therapy

PRUs and Special Needs

Animals are a great way of engaging young people – particularly those with behavioural and/or learning difficulties.  Our approach is very much one-to-one and is always based on detailed background information from teachers to ensure that each pupil gets a highly differentiated learning experience.

Each child is encouraged to interact on their own level with the ZooLab ranger. It's all about positive reinforcement, with feedback from the ranger at all times, as part of stimulating and exciting workshops and individual learning experiences. 

Introduction to ZooLab SEN Programme

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At ZooLab, we are continuously looking at ways that we can make our SEN workshops even more valuable, ensuring that our animal handling sessions are pitched correctly and truly inclusive.


All of our ZooLab presenters have recently went through a training programme to learn a variety of techniques such as active learning, use of visuals, sounds and tangible items that will enhance workshops for those who struggle to process and respond to information.


This hands-on, practical learning helps foster a natural sense of curiosity and inspires eager learners to make sense of the world around them. And all our workshops count towards those all-important curriculum outcomes!


PECS Animal Flash Cards

All ZooLab workshops will now incorporate PECS Animal Flash Cards. This allows each workshop participant to feel safe and secure in knowing what is coming next.


Makaton Animal Signing

If any workshop participant communicates with Makaton, all ZooLab presenters are capable of signing each individual ZooLab animal.


Presenter Style

We all know that too much information can be overwhelming! Our presenters have been trained to communicate in bite size chunks.


Working with you

ZooLab visit over 10,000 schools a year. We know the incredible job that SEN schools do. Our presenters will always consult the teacher present to ensure we are presenting in a fashion that suits your pupils. Let us know – we are experts at creating bespoke workshops just for you.

See what our clients say

West Lothian Behaviour Support, EH47

 ‘Excellent as always! Very informative. Anthony was great with pupils. Always a pleasure to see them getting so much out of it.’

Meadowview Learning Centre, PR6

 “Really informative session! The Ranger was fantastic and understood the needs of the children. Enjoyed by all staff and pupils!”

Cuckmere House School, Seaford BN25

“Great sessions. All students engaged well, content varied to fit the different ages and levels of calmness.”


ZooLab for everyone

Call us on 0845 330 6322 Email info@zoolabuk.comZooLab is for people of all ages and in all places.
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and see how we can help you to make that vital
difference and create some real ‘animal magic’.

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