The Bamboozle Approach uses a series of behavioural and linguistic strategies which enable children to engage and explore freely, make their own decisions and find their own voice. We use the Bamboozle Approach in the three strands of our work. It informs the way our actors connect with audience members during performances, is key to enabling how parents and their children engage fully with activities during our family residencies and is shared with school staff in our Education programme.
The Bamboozle Approach in action in schools
The impact of applying the Approach has most recently been seen at Lakeside School in Welwyn Garden City where we are privileged to be working on an ongoing culture change project with an extraordinary team of staff and leaders.
The teachers and autism leads at Lakeside say this about the impact of the Approach:
The Bamboozle Approach in action during performances
Our actors use many of the Approach strategies to connect with individual audience members during our performances. This enables children to:
‘I have never seen these 2 children so engaged or seen them interact with adults in this way. The children pick up on a different energy in this enabled space, where nothing is expected of them, which allows them to interact and explore in ways I have never seen before.’ Teacher – Oakleigh School.
‘Children who would not usually independently explore stood up and actively engaged. Vocalisations, words, and phrases were spoken that are rarely heard in the classroom setting. I was overwhelmed by the response from our children’. Josie McGrath, Priory Woods School.
The Bamboozle Approach in action with Families
Our actors and facilitators use the Approach during our family residencies:
‘The Bamboozle experience is very special and very important to our family. It’s the only place we have found that we can go as a whole family and be valued and accepted unconditionally. To feel this is a very special, powerful and healing experience for each of us.’ Clare Blakey, parent.
‘Amazing! Anesh loves coming, he gets so excited about it, freedom to explore without being restricted. He loves music and most of all being himself, choosing to do things, choosing to be himself‘. Krishna Jadeja – parent.
The Origins of the Approach
In developing the Bamboozle Approach over the past 25 years we have drawn on, and continue to draw on, many influencers and experiences. It builds on over 50 years of classroom and education experience, expertise from the Leicestershire drama advisory service of the 1980s and the study of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. It draws on Dorothy Heathcote’s work and embraces current research into how children learn and engage including that of: Carol Dweck, Alfie Kohn and Nancy Kline. And crucially it has benefited from the wisdom of hundreds of artists, parents, teachers and school staff, as well as thousands of children and young people with whom we have worked over the last 25 years.
100+ Strategies which are designed to:
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