Dasha Conolly

Dasha Connolly SENCO and Conductor Assistant

Dasha qualified as a Primary School Teacher in the Czech Republic and has an MA in Special Education.

After taking an interest in Anthroposophy and Steiner Education by Rudolf Steiner, Dasha wanted to pursue these interests further, so headed to the UK to live and work in the Camphill Community in Aberdeen, with people with learning disabilities and mental health issues.

Shortly after her relocation to London, Dasha studied Dance Movement Therapy, a form of psychodynamic psychotherapy. She qualified and registered with the UKCP in 1999. Her experience as a movement therapist was mainly at the acute psychiatric wards at the UCL and Royal Free Hospitals, but she also worked with children with mental health/ behaviour difficulties in primary schools.

Dasha returned to teaching in 2009 and qualified as a SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator), which gave her the platform to train in LEGO Therapy and Therapeutic Story-writing as specialist interventions for children, and has trained other school staff in these disciplines. She is also a qualified Baby Massage Practitioner’, specialising in babies with special needs.

Dasha joined CPotential, as a Teacher in Woodstar school.  When the school closed, she trained as a Conductive Educator Assistant and has continued to work for CPotential in this role. She also works as a SENCO in a primary school in Enfield.

My role at CPotential has really developed since joining – from being a CE Assistant, to now providing a wider range of additional services based around my varied skills and experience. I absolutely love seeing children with special needs improve their social skills, language and communication and their overall development.  I’m always on hand for any educational advice for families too.

In 2022, Dasha has started to utilize a combination of her experience in Conductive Education training, Therapeutic Story-writing and Sensory Storytelling to deliver Immersive Story Therapy. Where Parents and their children are enabled through the stories, movement and sensory activities, to express their creativity and emotions, and build up their social and communication skills.

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