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AGE: 7 - 16 Yrs. | Mon to Fri (9am to 5pm)
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Touch Typing for Kids & Teens – a skill for life
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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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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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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.

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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Lower Pendavey Farm Camelford Cornwall PL32 9TX
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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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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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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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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.

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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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

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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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.

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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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.

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

Northiam, Rye, East Sussex TN31 6NL
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Frewen College has been providing specialist support for young people with dyslexia and other related needs for over 60 years. Both Junior and Senior schools are based in beautiful surroundings in the Wealden countryside, on the borders of Kent and Sussex with extensive grounds and playing fields. We offer day and boarding places for boys and girls aged 6 – 16 years.

We provide a unique combination of curricular and pastoral support. Every pupil is seen as equal with individual talents and abilities. Developing these talents is central to the education we provide. Our experienced team, most of whom have specialist dyslexia training, will do all they can to help pupils overcome their problems in the way that best suits the individual child and help them fulfil their full potential. We maintain average class sizes at below six, and one to one mentoring is available when needed.

Frewen College is one of a few schools which is a charity run by an independent educational trust.

Home Schooling & Private Tutoring
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The World-wide Education Service (WES) is one of the leading providers of home education courses worldwide. We supply accredited comprehensive, up-to-date learning courses for children aged 4-14 years. No previous teaching experience is required.

WES is designed to create a school in the home, this is particularly beneficial where education facilities are limited or, where there is a need to "top up" local school education.

Our service includes:

  • An initial assessment of your child’s educational level.
  • Courses tailored to the individual needs of your child, based on the National Curriculum of England.
  • All necessary books and materials to support the subjects.
  • An introduction from your WES personal tutor who will advise and support you in your role of teacher.
  • Regular assessments of your child’s progress.
  • A final report detailing your child’s educational level to hand on to future schools.
  • A Certificate of Completion

WES is also able to offer a home schooling package for special needs children. Coursework can be adapted to accommodate specific requirements.

Oxford Centre For Educational Testing

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Child Educational Assessments - Comprehensive Written Reports - Dyslexia Diagnosis & Coaching - Private Tutorials for Maths, English, SATs and GCSE. Ages 4 - 16 year olds.

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Kielder Water & Forest Park, Hexham NE48 1BS
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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.

Online support for people with a specific learning difficulty
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Quality Home Tuition
Multiple Areas Mob: 07814 950756

Whatever your tutoring needs, London's Learning has the answer, with qualified, experienced home tutors in all areas of London.

We teach all ages, levels and exams - primary, 11+, secondary, GCSE, AS, A2, degree. We teach all subjects, including English, Maths, Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Accounting, Business Studies, Economics, Computing and ICT, Psychology, Sociology, History, Politics, Law, French, Spanish, German and Italian.

You pay as you go for the tuition, and have as much as you want, when you want it. Unlike many agencies, we have no registration fee.

For top quality, flexible and value for money tuition, London's Learning can't be beaten.

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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‘All children should learn to touch type’ Daily Telegraph ....

  • Close to London
  • Suitable for anyone in the family - ages 7 - 107
  • Uses several types of software to meet all needs.
  • Courses run for four mornings. Cost £215. Family & early booking discounts
  • Relaxed stress free holiday course
  • Teacher is a qualified special needs tutor and typing trainer
  • Recommended by the Richmond Dyslexic Association but suitable for anyone
  • Visit the website below for further details
  • Private tuition for students with learning difficulties, 11+ and up to 18 also available

Email: jane@verityping.co.uk

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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My Baby Massage

4 week fun and friendly group workshops www.mybabymassage.co.uk
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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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SNAP! Childcare

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SNAP! Childcare places specialist nannies and carers for babies, children and young adults who have additional needs. We offer a friendly, but professional service, both to individual families and organisations.

We offer a nationwide service, providing experienced and qualified nannies, carers and enablers for children and young adults who may have a range of special needs from a mild learning disability to profound and multiple disabilities and their siblings!

Our carers have a wide range of experience, including Makaton & British Sign language, Conductive Education, speech, occupational and physio therapy. We deal with live-in, daily, permanent and temporary positions. All nannies and carers are carefully vetted and personally interviewed. At least two references are verbally verified and an Enhanced Police Check is required (SNAP Childcare is a Registered Body with the Criminal Records Bureau).

Please log onto our website for full details.

Web: www.snapchildcare.co.uk

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Special Needs Toys
Online Fax: 08707 117153

Excitim is a family business run by Gloria and Mike Taylor. We specialise in age appropriate, switch adapted, special needs toys for children with disabilities and learning difficulties. Our range of award-winning toys are designed to help promote eye tracking, hand-eye co-ordination, finger control, body movement and stimulate investigation and curiosity. Our most popular switch adapted toys include:

  • Thomas the Tank Engine
  • Freddie Fish Bubbles
  • Talking, Singing and dancing character toys

Older children find our switch accessible camera and iPad switches an easy way to take pictures, play music and use switch accessible iPad apps.

See our website to view our full range and buy securely online. You can also read what parents and professionals say about our toys on the ‘User Testimonials’ page, check out the awards we’ve won and read our Blog to find out about new toys, organisations we support and lots more.

Feel free to get in touch – we are really friendly and may be able to help you find something just right.

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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.

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

Norfolk Fax: (01263) 822181

Break provides a range of specialist care service for children and young people in need. This includes fully supported holidays and respite care for children with learning disabilities, including those with high level needs and behavioural difficulties. While on holiday at Break, guests enjoy a full range of activities and daily outings, all supported by a skilled and professional staff team. There is a soft play room, sensory room, heated swimming pool and each bedroom has it’s own wash basin and tv/video for guests.

Break also has adapted self-catering chalets which provide a low cost base for a wonderful family holiday in Norfolk.

Please call us for more details – and you can enjoy a holiday to remember with Break.

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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Fun House

Whitney Road, Daneshill Ind Est, Basingstoke, Hants RG24 8NS
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Basingstokes first giant indoor adventure playground!

Wonderful entertainment for children up to the age of 12. Have fun on the Giant Slides, Aerial Runway Rope Nets, Ball Pools and more. Parents room and coffee lounge. Facilities for disabled children and adults. On-site parking. Parties catered for to include party bags, invitations and birthday tea. Please contact us for full details.

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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

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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15 Hurrell Court, Hurrell Road, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 1HT
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Alan is a professional Children's Entertainer and appears regularly at Private and Corporate functions, Schools, Carnivals, Fetes, Playgroups, Handicapped Centres, in fact anywhere children want fun and laughter. Alan's audiences have ranged from 6 to over 600 and ages from 2 to 100 years. He presents his shows in costume as "The Wizard", "Wizz The Magic Clown", "Al The Magical Tramp" or "Mr. Glitter The Magician". His shows include puppets and real live rabbits. He has appeared on TV, Film and Stage and is a member of Equity.

Helping children with emotional & behaviour problems
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Many children don’t want to, or cannot, talk about their problems. Play therapy is very effective for children aged 3 to 12. The child chooses from a range of activities in the play room. These include: drawing and painting, sand tray, clay, puppets, musical instruments, story-telling, role play. The Play Therapist focuses closely on the child, communicating using the media the child has chosen. Although of course, the child can talk about their problems, when they are ready, on average research shows only 8% of the session is spent in talking.

Between 73% and 84% receiving play therapy to Play Therapy UK’s standards show a positive change – the more severe the problems the higher the change. (Based on over 10,000 cases).

Because play therapy works through unconscious processes, it is important that practitioners are fully qualified and meet the highest standards of practice. Play Therapy is now regulated through the Professional Standards Authority’s Accredited Voluntary Register scheme. The PTUK Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists warrants the quality and effectiveness of its Registrants. Using unregistered therapists can be dangerous.

Play therapy improves a child’s ability to learn and reduces the chance of adult mental health problems.

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