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.
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!
British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy
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.
- 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.
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.
Penniwells RDA Group
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.
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.
Dave Martins School of Martial Arts and FitnessFamily Martial Arts and Fitness Centre, Wharf Road, Maidstone, Kent ME15 6RR
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.
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.
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.
Greenbank Sports AcademyGreenbank Lane, Sefton park, Liverpool, Merseyside L17 1AG
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.
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
Pure Living Collection
Children just love the feel of the soft light-weight, hypoallergenic Spundown Duvets. Mums love them too, for this is the award winning duvet that just loves to be washed, time and time again. For summer the 3.0 tog Pure Cotton Duvet is a popular choice of children’s duvet as it will help your child maintain a regular temperature on warm summer nights.
The polyester hollow-fibre filling of the Anti Allergy Duvets and Pillows contain material in which house dust mites cannot live, thus playing a major role in helping to relieve allergies caused by them. Alternatively, the Anti Allergy Duvet, Pillow and Mattress Protectors all provide an effective barrier between your child and the dust mites and their allergens.
Pure Living Collection also offers some pillows with slightly less filling and therefore perfect for smaller shoulders, whilst waterproof mattress protectors offer their mattresses protection against those all too common accidents and spills.
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.
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.
Craniosacral Therapy for Children and Adults - Judith Timmins RCSTThe Old Stables, Rectory Road, Great Waldingfield CO10 0TL
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.
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 for children and adults 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, 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.
Activities for children include: Dance classes, football coaching, martial arts, swimming classes for babies and children, gymnastics and cheerleading. Plus birthday parties, school holidays clubs and workshops.
To see details and the full range of what we offer, please visit our website:
Nene Centre, Cedar Drive, Thrapston, NN14 4JY
Pemberton Centre, H E Bates Way, Rushden, NN10 9YP
Splash Leisure Pool, Station Road, Rushden, NN10 9SJ
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.
The Centre is the only one of its kind in the UK. A child-centred programme combines teaching and therapy from an interdisciplinary professional team. A close partnership with the whole family is central to our approach.
The Centre offers:
An interdisciplinary Team Assessment, which can include a speech and language therapist, an occupational therapist and a chartered psychologist, Specialist Nursery Groups, Toddler groups, a Social Skills Group, Therapy Clinics including Auditory Verbal Therapy and “Baby beginners”.
The award winning, purpose built Centre provides an acoustically treated environment where a structured language program is offered to each child in small groups and one-to-one therapy. We welcome full parental involvement and close liaison with other professionals involved in the child’s development.
Referrals can be made directly to the Centre by parents or interested professionals.
Address: Christopher Place, Chalton Street, London NW1 1JF
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.
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 New Eccles Hall SchoolQuidenham, Norwich, Norfolk NR16 2NZ
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.
Sylvia Knight Dip.C.G., Dip A. Psych.93 Byng Drive, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 1UJ
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.
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:
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.
‘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
Russells Equitation CentreNew Place, Allington Lane, Westend, Southampton SO30 3HQ
Group lessons and Private Group lessons, ‘Ride With Your Mind’ Coaching and exam training. We also work with special needs individually, offer tutoring in caring of your animal and we are a Pony club centre.
Russell’s Livery offers full facilities. We can look after your horse or pony for you.
Epona Trust is a non-profit making organisation that re-habilitates horses and ponies. Horses and ponies available for loan.
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.
- 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.