Project 52 CIC was created by Fiona Barr after research on her theory the “WHIISPA approach.”

WHIISPA: Working Holistically, including Intensive Interaction Sensory Play Approach

Project 52 work with children and adults with autism, learning disabilities and additional needs,  including those with dementia both in education and adult services.  We provide Intensive Interaction, Sensory Drama and Therapeutic Play with individuals and groups. to enable people to engage with others and the world around them. We also deliver training and consultancy.

All the work that project 52 does, is based on a four stranded approach pioneered by Fiona and formally known as WHIISPA. .(WHIISPA: Working Holistically, including Intensive Interaction Sensory Play Approach). Our aim is to see all people treated with dignity and respect. We believe in the right to feel safe, secure, listened to and communicated with, within a caring, creative, happy and healthy environment. This means that whether we are delivering training, supporting individuals in the community, providing sensory dramas or working 1:1 using play and intensive interaction, we work holistically ensuring  each person is at the heart of our session.

Project 52 was created by Fiona who is an Intensive Interaction Coordinator and promotes play as this is vital for a healthy experience of the world. Fiona developed the WHIISPA approach over many years of teaching in special education schools. Fiona gained a regional award (BBC West Yorkshire Inspirational special needs teacher of the year award, 2015) and is an Intensive Interaction Practitioner and Coordinator.

The rest of the project 52 team is made up of an educational consultant,  teacher, musician and several specialist volunteers who work in the sector.

This year Project 52 has adapted due to the pandemic by creating sensory stories via DVDs that can be enjoyed at home. Please get in contact to find out more or see the sensory story DVD tab at the top for more information!!