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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Lower Pendavey Farm Camelford Cornwall PL32 9TX
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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.

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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.

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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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 SALTO Centre, 98 Camford Way, Luton, LU3 3AN
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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.

Email: info@saltogym.org

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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

Private Tuition in Berkshire
Berkshire Mob: 07557 378788

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.

We offer:

  • 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:

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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Mulbarton Gymnastics & Cheerleading Club

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Gymnastic and Cheerleading classes for children age 3 upwards, fun, safe classes for all levels of abilities including gymnastics and cheerleading for children with disabilities.The club holds an annual show and a club competition each year as well as performing at displays.The children also work for badges & certificates which gives them great encouragement and gains confidence.

Web: www.mulbartongymclub.co.uk

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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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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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Online support for people with a specific learning difficulty
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Child, Adolescent and Adult Counsellor & Psychotherapist
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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.

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

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Who says there's nothing to do in the holidays?! UKSA are running a variety of new activity clubs for 8 - 15 year olds, giving them the opportunity to get wet, make new friends and have lots of fun!

Choosing which discipline to pursue when you're new to watersports can be a real dilemma, so why not try them all? The summer camps and multi-activity programmes include taster sessions in Windsurfing, Dinghy Sailing and Kayaking from our experienced and qualified instructors. And with a full programme of social activities and team games, we'll ensure the week results in non-stop action. Discos, Iron Man competitions, dragon boating, raft-building and lots more are added into the mix for spice and variety.

It's a great way to make new friends, explore new watersports, and ensure those long summer holidays pass with fond memories you will look back on for the rest of your life. Interested? Check our website for more information.

Email: info@uksa.org

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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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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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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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.

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.

Whizz-Kidz

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Whizz-Kidz is a national charity that improves the quality of life of disabled children and young people up to 18 by providing them with customised mobility equipment such as powered wheelchairs.

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.

Web: www.whizz-kidz.org.uk

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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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Private Home Tuition In London and the Home Counties
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Established for over 30 years as private tutors, Top Tutors is one of the largest providers of private tutors in London and the South East of England.

Top Tutors is wholly owned by the national educational charity Academy of Youth started by Sir Tim Brighouse. They run a wide range of education and leadership programmes for young people

  • All our tutors are checked through the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service, previously called CRB)
  • High quality tutor registration and evaluation process to ensure we have the Top Tutors with degree level qualifications or above.
  • No registration fee or commitment for course of lessons – pay as you go
  • Offer ALL subjects at ALL levels
  • A personal approach from our team to discuss all your tutoring requirements. (We are not a call centre)
  • Successfully matched over 150,000 children with tutors over the past 30 years
  • Over 2,000 high quality tutors in London and the South East

Backed by a national education charity, University of the First Age committed to developing potential. Develop their true potential with the help of a one to one private tutor.

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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‘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

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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.

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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