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AGE: 7 - 16 Yrs. | Mon to Fri (9am to 5pm)
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The Rose Walton Centre

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For cerebal palsy children and associated disabilities. The centre provides pre-school education for children 0-5 years. We belong to scope's network of schools for parents using methods inspired by those of the Peto Institute in Hungary. Programmes are designed to stimulate and awaken the child's senses and encourage self awareness through activities which are fun for both parent and child.

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Dave Martins School of Martial Arts and Fitness

Family Martial Arts and Fitness Centre, Wharf Road, Maidstone, Kent ME15 6RR
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We are a full time Martial Arts school catering for all ages from 5 years old teaching Taekwondo and kickboxing. The smaller childrens classes are called Little Ninjas, we also provide a special needs class on Saturdays.

Web: www.t-k-d.co.uk

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31 Webbs Road, London SW11 6RU
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Drug free, natural and non-invasive treatment of development and learning problems, including:
  • Dyslexia
  • Dysphasia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Hyperactivity
  • Panic Attacks

The David Mulhall Centre was opened in 1995 and has since successfully treated thousands of children and adults. Please phone, write or e-mail for an initial consultation.

E-Mail: info@davidmulhall.co.uk

Grooms Holidays

Affordable, Accessible, Memorable
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Grooms Holidays provide the opportunities for people with disabilities to go on vacation with friends and family to accessible locations at affordable rates and enjoy a memorable holiday.

Discover new places, new faces in beautiful Britain. With its golden beaches, rocky shores and lush, green countryside there’s sure to be somewhere just right for you. What takes your fancy? We offer a select choice of hotels and self-catering accommodation around the UK. There are a variety of attractive coastal and countryside holiday choices to suit different tastes. We have personally selected the accommodation for its suitability to provide the facilities needed and access for those with various degrees of disability.

Grooms Holidays is part of John Grooms charity, the UK’s largest provider of accessible holiday properties.

Email: holidays@johngrooms.org.uk

Web: www.groomsholidays.org.uk

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Mr Pinschof

Clinical Psychologist
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For those families seeking help and advice regarding children's behavioural and emotional problems. The approach taken is to examine parents childhood experiences and their own parenting practices, their own emotions and expectations of their child with a view to making adjustments to the way they deal with their child.

37 years experience of clinical psychology with children and parents including 32 years within the NHS. Face to face one hour appointments in London and Bristol.

Please contact us on the above number.
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Ursual Matthews - Craniosacral Therapy

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CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY FOR BABIES AND CHILDREN

Does your baby or child suffer:
  • Crying, Irritability
  • Feeding Difficulties
  • Sickness, Colic
  • Sleep Disturbance
  • Infections
  • Ear Infections
  • Asthma
  • Sinus and Adenoidal Problems
  • Behaviour Problems
  • Hearing Difficulties
  • Headaches and Pains
  • And More.

Craniosacral Therapy helps the body's inherent healing ability to release stresses and strains, caused by enormous forces the baby is subjected to during the birth process. It will help the system to resolve the problem and work in a more balanced way.

For further information please call the number above.

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Penniwells RDA Group

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Provision of riding lessons for disabled people of all ages and standards. Open seven days a week. Fun and physiotherapy combined.

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Aspire National Training Centre

Wood Lane, Stanmore, Middx HA7 4LP
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ASPIRE - The Association for Spinal Injury Research, Re-habilitation and Re-integration. This training centre is the first of its kind in Europe, it's equally suitable for everyBODY. 25 metre swimming pool, gym and dance studio.

We do all sorts of sports parties including swimming, football, basketball, cricket, netball and rounders. Can't decide which party to have? Try a 'Megamix' party!
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British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy

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The college holds a free weekly clinic for children treating many conditions including: asthma, eczema, hyperactivity and weight problems.

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Toybox Agency

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Established for nine years, Toybox offers a professional tailor made service to all our clients. We provide permanent staff for families, nurseries, playschemes and schools, covering Sussex, Surrey and South London as well as having an established emergency staff team for staff sickness and holidays. Overseas positions with families and Mark Warner are available for permanent and temporary assignments. Applicants are personally interviewed, police checked through CRB and all references checked before being sent out on assignments.

A member of the Federation of Small Businesses, Care Standards and Best Bear, we pride ourselves in the quality of our service.

All consultants are trained professionals and most are qualified Nursery Nurse or carers.

Please call:
(01883) 722322 for Sussex, Surrey and London areas.
(020) 8686 1766 for South London area.

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Hope is a unique non-denominational charity for children. The Hope Centre for Cognitive Education is dedicated to the promotion and enhancement of learning potential using the methodology of Professor Feuerstein. The Centre helps students with a variety of learning and developmental difficulties ranging from bright under-achievers to those with complex needs including autistic spectrum disorders, ADHD, Downs Syndrome.

The methods include Feuerstein’s Instrumental Enrichment programme (IE) a structured thinking skills programme taught individually or in groups and is designed to complement and underpin a regular school curriculum and Mediated Learning Experience (MLE) which develops the learner’s cognitive functions. Mediated Learning involves the child as an active participant in the learning process, making the child consciously aware of how he is thinking. The Centre works as a multi-disciplinary team and actively encourage parents to become mediators with their own children and are invited to participate in teaching sessions.

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The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) is the umbrella body for the disabled children’s sector in England, with links to the other UK nations.

We are not resourced to provide advice or support directly to families with disabled children or children with SEN. We signpost families on to relevant organisations. Visit our website for information on national policy that impacts upon disabled children and children with special educational needs (SEN) and their families as well as details of organisations that provide advice and support.

Therapy for Children with Special Needs
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Brainwave is an independent Charity based in Bridgwater, providing developmental therapy for children who have both physical and cognitive disabilities, whether caused by brain injury,genetic abnormality, or accident.

A programme of physical and cognitive exercises is designed by the therapy team according to each child’s very specific needs. These exercises are taught to the child’s parents and carers who carry out the programme in the comfort and familiarity of the family home; through which 80% of children make measurable improvements and some achieve a degree of independence far beyond their families’ expectations.

1500 children have benefited from the Brainwave Programme since the Charity was established in 1982.

Email: enquiries@brainwave.org.uk

Leicestershire
Since 1977, the Peter Le Marchant Trust has provided day trips and longer holidays for disabled and seriously ill people of all disabilities and all ages on specially designed canal boats. Over half our passengers are aged under eighteen.

From April to October inclusive, “Symphony” takes 26 people on day trips (including weekends), “Serenade” takes 10 people on 3/4 night holidays, and narrowboat “Melody” is available for weekly hire by a family or group with at least one disabled member. Charges are kept to a minimum so as not to exclude any groups. The remainder is raised in donations.

Lower Pendavey Farm Camelford Cornwall PL32 9TX
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Clare Allen Dip Hom PHSH RSHom

Shepperton, Middlesex
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I am a fully qualified homeopath, registered with the Society of Homeopaths.

Homeopathy is a tried & trusted system of medicine - effective, non-toxic, with no side effects. Treatment is suitable during pregnancy and for the youngest of babies.

I have successfully dealt with a wide range of common childhood problems,.

For example:

  • Sleep difficulties
  • Gastric Reflux
  • Colic
  • Bed Wetting
  • Behavioural Problems
  • Morning Sickness
  • Delayed Development
  • Glue Ear
  • Asthma
  • Eczema
  • Need for repeated antibiotics

Please call for free, no obligation information and advice.

(Prices for children - £35 first appt, £25 thereafter, cost of remedies is included)

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Accessible holidays for disabled people and families in Brittany, France. We can provide accessible accommodation, transport and a support service. We try to make your holiday as "hassle free" as possible. From self catering to luxury hotels we can offer you confidence with accessibility. Contact us for more information.
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The Parent Support Service, run by a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, provides practical, professional guidance for common parenting concerns such as: difficulties with children and adolescents' behaviour; problems with eating and sleeping and strained family relationships. Face-to-face parenting guidance is available for parents in Bristol (UK) and the surrounding area. For certain difficulties, telephone and email support is also available for parents across the UK. The service specialises in increasing parents' understanding of their child's behaviour and equipping parents with practical strategies for improving family relationships.

The Parent Support Service also provides psychological therapy for children and adolescents, using brief, evidence based techniques to address emotional concerns such as: anxiety; fears & phobias; depression; low self-esteem; obsessive thoughts & compulsive behaviours and post-traumatic stress. Assessment for social communication difficulties and autistic spectrum disorder is also available.

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The Disability Martial Arts Association was sent up in January 2007 We are a wide supporting network for people with disabilities and their families who are or who wish to be involved in martial arts.

We have set up a data base of Martial Arts Academy’s School’s and Club’s in the UK. That will teach people with all types of disabilities. When people phone us up we can give them a telephone number of the said organisation.

We have joined forces with Sho~Shin Budo Kwai, who run a summer camp every August information will be on our website. We have also joined forces with the Disability Martial Arts Festival. The Festival was started by the late Terry Taylor.

Email:dmaa@blueyonder.co.uk

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The Dore Programme is quite unique: it is a personalised physical exercise routine designed for children (of 7 years +), adolescents and adults with specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD. It consists of:

  • a full assessment with our qualified doctor
  • daily computer-generated exercises carried out at home
  • regular progress assessments

The Dore Programme lasts between 12 and 18 months and has been successfully completed by many thousands of people since it was developed over 10 years ago. Now, DORE is the trading name of Dynevor CIC, a social enterprise, which has owned the rights to the DORE Programme since 2009. The Programme is also an intervention of choice for SEN pupils in several UK schools.

To find out more and to learn what others are saying about Dore, visit our web site www.dore.co.uk. If you’d like to chat to one of our experienced Programme Consultants, please call 0333 123 0100.

BIBIC- British Institute for Brain Injured Children

Knowle Hall, Bridgwater, Somerset TA7 8PJ
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BIBIC exists to maximise the potential of children with conditions affecting their social, sensory communication, motor and learning abilities by teaching parents exercises and techniques which can help improve the quality of life for the whole family. A doctor and an interdisciplinary team address issues such as behaviour problems, understanding, mobility, speech and communication. Methods are compatible with school and serve to increase learning opportunities for children with problems.

Web: www.bibic.org.uk

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Special Kids in the UK

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Special Kids in the UK offers an online support forum, regular newsletters and offers to parents/families of children with a special need and/or disability. We also has a wide range of information available on our site around the subject of respite, services, education and more.

What makes us unique is that we parents/carers of children with special needs ourselves. Understanding the difficulties and emotions involved with a child of any age with special needs is something we can all associate with. In addition friendship, support and practical hints and tips are a major feature of our organisation.

For more information visit our website:

Web: www.specialkidsintheuk.org
Email: information@specialkidsintheuk.org

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Julia Kudratt

North London
I have run my massage company for over 13years and am a qualified infant massage Instructor.

I run workshops for both parents and carers teaching the wonderful art of massage in a beautiful environment in Muswell Hill, North London. Massaging your baby can promote a feeling of wellbeing therefore resulting in restful sleep... a happy baby and parent!

I arrange home visits to groups and couples and am based in North London. Call me on the above number or email for further information and next workshop dates.

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Kielder Water & Forest Park, Hexham NE48 1BS
Northumberland

Calvert Trust Kielder in Northumberland is centrally located in the award winning Kielder Water & Forest Park, one of the UK’s most beautiful areas. Recently awarded Dark Skies status the park, according to the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE), the star-studded skies above Kielder Water & Forest Park are the darkest in England. At nearly 580sq miles, our dark sky zone, known as Northumberland International Dark Sky Park, is the largest area of protected night sky in Europe. It is the first of its kind in England and one of the largest in the world, joining the likes of Death Valley and Big Bend Dark Sky Parks in the USA.

We have been providing holidays and outdoor adventure activities suitable for the whole family for 30 years. Our fully accessible facilities make us the perfect venue to explore, discover and enjoy the surrounding area. Day visits, Self-catering and Activity holidays are all available to both adults and children.

Choose a Self-catering holiday in one of our 4-star chalets (sleeping up to 6), and enjoy home-from-home comforts, the space, accessibility and freedom to create your own holiday experiences.

Choose a centre based activity holiday and enjoy an action-packed stay, with all your meals included.

Day visits are available for those that live or are visiting/holidaying not so far-away.

Activities offered include High and Low ropes courses, Archery, King-swing, Laser-clay shooting, Canoeing, Sailing, Abseiling, Indoor and Outdoor climbing, Zip-wire, Geo-cache and Orienteering. Also available is a sensory room, games room and a hydrotherapy swimming pool.

For more information please email us or visit our website.

RwRR

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Is your child/adult learner struggling with spelling and related skills?
Is your child/adult learner underachieving or is possibly dyslexic?
Do you want to see him/her succeed NOW?

RwRR can help you. RwRR (Read it wRite it Remember it) is a unique multisensory STRATEGY, which deals with common areas of failure regarding spelling and related skills and due to its flexible nature it can be tailor-made to individual, group or class needs with little or no preparation.

Our selection of workbooks, flashcards and guides give parents and teachers the tools to help learners acquire the necessary skills for confident spelling. This will in turn help with better long and short-term memory, better concentration, improved self-esteem and encourages independent learning.

Visit our website today and discover an exciting way forward and one you will want to tell others about!

Mobile: 07752 599968
Email: dianeguerard@hotmail.com

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Northamptonshire

Aspirations Wellbeing is a sports, leisure and cultural trust that manages the Pemberton Centre and Splash Leisure Pool, both in Rushden and the Nene Centre in Thrapston.

We aim to provide a variety of great value for money events and activities to assist a full and healthy lifestyle.

Activities for children and young people, activities for people living with a disability, a wide variety of Group Fitness Classes, help with healthy lifestyles, swimming lessons, racket and team sports, SPIN® cycle group classes, venue hire plus entertainment all come within the range of what we do.

Our aim is to work co-operatively with partner organisations to offer the best range of leisure and cultural facilities for local communities.

To see the detail of what our Centres deliver, and the full range of what we offer, please log on to our website and have a look:

Contact:
Nene Centre, Cedar Drive, Thrapston, NN14 4JY
T.01832 734090
E.nene@aspirationswellbeing.org.uk

Pemberton Centre, H E Bates Way, Rushden, NN10 9YP
T.01933 350324
E.pemberton@aspirationswellbeing.org.uk

Splash Leisure Pool, Station Road, Rushden, NN10 9SJ
T.01933 410505
E.splash@aspirationswellbeing.org.uk

SenseToys

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SenseToys offers practical information and an interesting range of toys and activities for pre-school children and particularly for children with special educational needs – all based on first hand experience!

The emphasis of our resources to promote the acquisition of language through play for both verbal and non-verbal children.

SenseToys was set up by parents of two children with special needs, one with a language delay and one with autism. The carefully selected range of resources aim at helping children acquire language through play by helping to make learning fun and rewarding. Even the most ordinary toys can help your child if you know how to use them effectively.

The range includes thick wooden jigsaws with simple non-stylised pieces, lovely fabric beanie bags to teach shapes and colours, threading activities with large holes and chunky pieces, cause and effect toys and a great selection of tactile and sensory balls for lots of squishy bouncy fun. We also now include basic games and actvities to help with alphabet, counting and language concepts such as prepositions, opposites, small medium and large and we have a new range of toys to facilitate construction play.

Tel: 0845 257 0849 for a catalogue
Web: www.sensetoys.com

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Funtastic Fantasy Golf

3 St Andrews Way, Deans, Livingston EH54 8QH
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Funtastic Fantasy Golf is a great new idea for a fun day out for the whole family. We are the first place in Scotland offering Blacklight mini-golf, a unique sensory experience with amazing special effects.

Our exciting and fun interactive mini-golf courses have been designed so all ages and abilities can join in. Our themed courses include Dinosaur/Jungle and Atlantis/Underwater and include 3D models, sounds and interactive props.

Reasons for visiting Funtastic Fantasy Golf:

  • Value for money
  • Excellent Party Packages
  • Café offering a wide range of healthy meals
  • Fun for everyone!
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The New Eccles Hall School

Quidenham, Norwich, Norfolk NR16 2NZ
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The New Eccles Hall School is set in beautiful grounds in rural Norfolk near the Cambridgeshire and Suffolk borders. We are a mainstream, independent school with Nursery, Junior and Secondary departments and we have day pupils and weekly boarders.

Our Individual Tuition Unit provides strong support for pupils with special educational needs and we have many years' experience in helping with dyslexia, dyspraxia, aspergers, Specific Learning Difficulties and Communication Difficulties.

Web: www.neweccleshall.com

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Greenbank Sports Academy

Greenbank Lane, Sefton park, Liverpool, Merseyside L17 1AG
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Sports academy with football coaching run by fully qualified football coach. Coaching given to children aged 8-18 years every Monday from 5pm - 6.30pm. Caters for special needs.

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35 Treeside Road, Shirley, Southampton SO15 5FY
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Please visit the website or contact the Centre for further information.

Miranda Cox

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I am a psychotherapsit working from Bideford, North Devon and have been qualified for 20 years. I am registered with UKCP and have an Enhanced CRB check.

I have a certificate in counselling children and adolescents and offer a wide range of play and creative materials and methods for children to use as they explore any troubles they may have in a safe, private and friendly place.

I work in a practical and professional way with, eg, traumatic experiences, wetting and soiling, bereavement, bullying, family relationship struggles, difficulties at school, shyness and anger and can also suggest strategies to help handle things in a clearer way.

Parents/guardians are welcome to come and meet me first for an informal, confidential discussion.

There is disabled access.

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MOVE is a national charity working with severely disabled children in a Programme designed to increase their mobility and therefore their independence.

MOVE combines therapy and education in a programme which helps children work towards goals that they really want to achieve, which can range from learning to hold their head up by themselves to learning the skills needed to play football with their friends using a pacer. MOVE is unique in that no child is too disabled to use it and works with the child’s parents, teachers and therapists to teach them skills which are then practised in everyday life, enabling parents to be involved in key decision making and instrumental in their child’s development.

Visit our website or call us on 020 7407 5344 to find out more information, speak to a specialist or a parent of a child already on the programme or to visit a school using MOVE.

Email: move@move-europe.org.uk

Online support for people with a specific learning difficulty
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Fun & Achievement
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Established for over 20 years TFH are providers of carefully selected fun products designed to help you or those in your care enjoy life, and achieve more. Positive experiences unlock potential and so our "toys" will lead to functional as well as emotional benefits including:
  • Controlled sensory input stimulates exploration of the environment.
  • Practicing fine and gross-motor movement develops and retains skills.
  • Responsive equipment aids self-awareness, a stepping-stone towards responsibility.
  • Positioning devices and swings help coordination, confidence and self-regulation.
  • Participation in turn-taking games encourages socialization.
  • Interactive Equipment empowers the user, leading to independence.
Order our free colour catalogue or visit our website to stimulate your imagination, begin programs, or reinforce encouraged behaviours, there is a lot that we can achieve…while having Fun.

Email: mail@tfhuk.com

Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist in Wells and Bristol
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Annie Coyle is a Specialist Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist providing therapy for children, young people and their families in Bristol and Street, Somerset. Annie was trained at the Tavistock Centre in London and is experienced in working with troubled children both in NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and in community settings. Annie is also qualified and registered with the Health Professions Council as a Drama Therapist and has an enhanced CRB check.

Annie assesses and treats children and young people who present with a range of emotional, developmental and behavioural difficulties including:

anxiety and panic
attachment and relationship difficulties
eating and feeding difficulties
psychosomatic symptoms
early years issues(e.g. sleeping, feeding)
bereavement and loss

depression
trauma-related symptoms
learning difficulties
self-harm
behavioural difficulties
obsessional behaviours

Therapy packages are tailored according to individual need and can come in the form of consultation, assessment, support for parents, brief and longer-term individual psychotherapy, joint sessions for parents and children.

Please contact Annie for a brief discussion of your situation and to arrange an appointment.

Clinics held in Street, Somerset and in Bristol by arrangement

Sylvia Knight Dip.C.G., Dip A. Psych.

93 Byng Drive, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 1UJ
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Retired teacher offers private or paired tuition for children aged 4-11. Preparation for SATS and selective tests. Special programmes for specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia or dyspraxia using tapes and varied educational materials.

Gentle support encourages confidence and steady progression. Being a qualified teacher, counsellor and psychodynamic psychologist Sylvia Knight offers understanding therapy and a way forward for all members of families under stress, often marked by children's difficulties at school. Poor results, bullying and absenteeism may follow moving home, bereavement or relationship problems.

E-Mail: knightpottersbar@talk21.com

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Surrey County Arts

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The main services provided by Surrey County Arts are:
  • Music Lessons on a wide range of instruments and voice
  • Workshops and Residential courses
  • Music Therapy and teaching support for Special Needs
  • Classroom support related to national curriculum, GCSE and 'A' Level
  • Surrey County Youth Theatre
  • Dance and Drama opportunities.

And more …. Log onto the website for full details.

Web: www.surreycountyarts.org.uk

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