Activities, Services, Toys, Products and Holidays for Children with Special Needs
Find companies offering toys for special needs children including switch adapted toys and sensory toys and organisations offering activities, help and advice.
Dave Martins School of Martial Arts and FitnessFamily Martial Arts and Fitness Centre, Wharf Road, Maidstone, Kent ME15 6RR
The Rose Walton Centre
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.
Ursual Matthews - Craniosacral Therapy
Does your baby or child suffer:
- Crying, Irritability
- Feeding Difficulties
- Sickness, Colic
- Sleep Disturbance
- Ear Infections
- 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.
Penniwells RDA Group
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.
Grooms HolidaysAffordable, Accessible, Memorable
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.
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.
- 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.
British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy
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.
(01883) 722322 for Sussex, Surrey and London areas.
(020) 8686 1766 for South London area.
Aspire National Training CentreWood Lane, Stanmore, Middx HA7 4LP
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!
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.
Mr PinschofClinical Psychologist
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.
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.
I have knowledge and experience of working with children and young people with a variety of additional needs, in particular Autism, Asperger's, ADHD, Dyslexia, attachment and Dyspraxia. I am trained to offer cognitive behaviour therapy and am qualified as a life coach. I can offer support to you to minimise the impact of separation and divorce on your children. I am available to work with children and young people or to provide help and support to parents through consultation.
I am a member of the British Psychological Society, The Association of Educational Psychologists and am HPC registered.
To book an assessment or a consultation please contact me.
- Educational / Psychological Assessment
- Therapeutic support to children and teenagers
- Parenting support
- Consultation to schools
We can help with a range of emotional, behavioural, social and learning issues that may be contributing to a child or teenager feeling unhappy, lacking in confidence or feeling out of control. Following psychological assessment, the child psychologist works with parents so that individual treatment plans can be developed to support them and their families in understanding and addressing their difficulties while at the same time acknowledging and nurturing their relative strengths, in order to help them to reach their potential.
Please see our website for parenting tips and more information about who we are, how we can help and what we offer.
You are also welcome to call us for a free telephone consultation to see how we can help prior to booking an appointment.
To contact Leanne Cowan directly please phone 07929 972291
At the OCC clinic in London, babies and children come for treatment with such diverse conditions as asthma, cerebral palsy, colic, Down's syndrome, eczema, sleeplessness and the more common childhood ailments. Pregnant and post-partum women are also cared for.
The OCC is further committed to research into the effectiveness of osteopathy, and the raising of public awareness that osteopathy is for children first. More than 25,000 treatments are given at the clinic in London every year and no child is ever turned away for want of a family's ability to pay.
Osteopathic Centre for Children
15a Woodbridge Street, London EC1R 0ND
Tel:(020) 7490 5510
Osteopathic Centre for Children
Phoenix Mill, Piercy Street, Ancoats, Manchester M4 7HY
Tel: (0161) 277 9911
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.
Clare Allen Dip Hom PHSH RSHomShepperton, Middlesex
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,.
- Sleep difficulties
- Gastric Reflux
- Bed Wetting
- Behavioural Problems
- Morning Sickness
- Delayed Development
- Glue Ear
- 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)
MXT Swimming School
Established since 1990, MXT Swim is a premier swimming school teaching babies from 6 months, children up to 14 years and adults. Our unique programme is designed to produce confident and capable swimmers in a safe and fun environment.
MXT provide a fast track programme with one-to-one teaching as well as group sessions.
Each child is treated as an individual and we progress them at their own pace according to their ability.
Water confidence is nurtured by ensuring that structured lessons are fun and playful while encouraging two-way communication between teacher and child. Swimmers will achieve the highest standard of strokes to equip themselves with the skills required to enjoy all water-based activities.
Intensive swimming courses are also available during all school breaks.
Swimming lessons for babies and children in: Steyning, Chichester, Pulborough
I am highly qualified and experienced, with an MA in Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and a Certificate in Counselling Skills. I have been practicing in schools and privately since 2007.
I am accredited with UKCP and a registered member of BACP. I also have regular supervision.
Through my work I create a warm, safe, nurturing and non-judgmental space; helping people of all ages gain insights into themselves and find ways to manage difficulties such as anxiety, depression, trauma, anger, sleep problems and bereavement; in turn helping them discover their true selves and fulfill their potential in life.
I am trained to use different techniques such as Play Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Art Therapy amongst others. I am also Person-Centred, meaning I see us as equals and highly value the thoughts feelings and experiences you, or your child, may bring to the therapeutic process.
Please see my website for more detailed information.
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.
We also offer wheelchair skills training, advice and information and campaign to raise awareness of disabled young people's needs. Many of those we help become members of our Kidz Board, acting as our ambassadors and getting involved in projects and events.
Through this support Whizz-Kidz has given nearly 4,000 disabled children and young people the chance to enjoy an independent life at home, at school and at play.
BIBIC- British Institute for Brain Injured ChildrenKnowle Hall, Bridgwater, Somerset TA7 8PJ
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.
My Baby Massage
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.
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.
Special Kids in the UK
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:
Fun HouseWhitney Road, Daneshill Ind Est, Basingstoke, Hants RG24 8NS
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.
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.
Bracknell Tutors have been established since 1989 offering expert one-to-one tutoring in basic skills; reading, writing and arithmetic covering English, Maths and Sciences up to GCSE and A-Level throughout Berkshire.
- Over 25 years, Full-time experience in coaching and developing courses
- Unique coaching material and methods for lasting skills and study techniques
- Superior track record, with Top marks in entrance exams and scholarships
- In-depth support, with educational counseling base on personality profiling
For more information on our great value packages, please contact us or visit our website:
Gymnastics for all from 18 months to adult in the Luton & Bedfordshire areas. All abilities welcome.
British Gymnastics Association qualified coaches in General Gymnastics, Pre-School, Sports Acrobatics and Special Needs. We also run daily Playgym sessions for preschoolers, Classes for Home Educated Children and also have the only dedicated Youth Fitness Gym in the county.
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.
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.
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