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Ted's Space provides unique learning opportunities where
animals and humans walk side by side

"Ted’s Space made an immeasurable difference to our sons quality of school life. The work the Elizabeth and Ted do with neuro-diverse children makes a huge difference in the lives of our tamariki."

Our Programme

Ted’s Space is a registered charity providing a dynamic bespoke emotional support programme that meets the individual needs of each child.  

Our Purpose

The purpose of Ted's Space is to help children, especially those who are neuro-diverse and neuro-typical, build skills and understandings that will enhance their education and life quality.  

Meet Ted

Ted is a teachers pet. Literally. He's also an amazing pet therapy dog working in New Zealand schools with his pup pals to help our kids get the most out of their education experience. Plus he's adorable! 

Ted's Space is a registered charity

We rely on the support of community organisations, trusts and donations to bring our programme into schools. 

Teddy can't talk, but in trying to understand his needs and moods, children can come to grips with their own. 

What Teddy and the team have been up to

Check out our blogs for the latest news and updates

Sensory modulation training framework development: Teddy’s inspirational contribution at Te Pou

Teddy, our beloved support dog, had an extraordinary day collaborating with the Te Pou team on the development of Te Pou’s groundbreaking training framework on the application of sensory modulationRead more

Happy Easter from Teddy and friends

Happy Easter to all our Ted's Space friends and families.  Teddy and Daisy are enjoying a few days break, time to lie on the couch and have a little snooze! Teddy has had a very special weekRead more

🐾 Teddy and Daisy: Dynamic Duo Spreads Joy at School! 🐾

Today was an extra special day at school as Teddy and Daisy, our beloved furry friends, got to spend the day together, spreading love and happiness wherever they went! From cuddles to tail wags,Read more

Welcome Back to School Teddy - Term 1, 2024

As our Ted's Space schools return for the start of the new year, Teddy and the Ted's Space team were super excited to be heading back to see our old friends and also to meet lots of new students. Read more

Back to School: How to help your child cope with anxiety

Heading back to school can be a stressful time for students and pupils are more anxious than ever after the Covid years. Gianina Schwanecke reports.Read more

Enhancing learning opportunities and wellbeing through animal therapy

Every Wednesday lunchtime, Papakowhai school children wait patiently at the school gate, waiting for Ted to arrive. As the dog; a small, white spoodle, and his owner, Elizabeth arrives, excited murmuRead more

Small dogs removing big learning barriers for kids

The nine-year-old blond spoodle is one of three dogs that teacher Elizabeth McKee takes into primary schools across Upper Hutt and Porirua, as part of the charity Ted’s Space.Read more

Teddy recognised in Wellington K9 Gold Awards

The Wellington Gold Awards in association with The Post celebrate excellence and enterprise of businesses in the Greater Wellington Region and Horowhenua. In 2022 Teddy was nominated for and wonRead more

Kea Kids News: Therapy dog Teddy takes lead in the classroom

Learning is a lot more fun for students at Pinehaven School, thanks to their special helper Teddy the spoodle. Teddy is a therapy dog, which means he helps people who are feeling sad or stressed byRead more

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