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Find a comprehensive selection of companies offering toys for special needs children including switch adapted toys and sensory toys and organisations offering activities, help and advice.

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Northern Ireland
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.

Whizz-Kidz

Northern Ireland
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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Therapy for Children with Special Needs
Northern Ireland

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

Helping children with emotional & behaviour problems
Northern Ireland
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.

Northern Ireland

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

SNAP! Childcare

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

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

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

Email: move@move-europe.org.uk

Northern Ireland

Science Boffins provide interactive hands-on fun party entertainment for children aged 3 to pre-teens. You can sit back and relax as we offer a mix of age appropriate entertainment and education used at thousands of parties to introduce aspects of science to pre-teens.

Guaranteed educational fun with games, safe experiments and hands on exploration, very interactive. Oh! And we must not forget to mention the take home goodies.

Extras include: Slime making, Rocket Launch, Dry Ice and The Science of Sweets and Pop Corn.

For younger children we offer the softer side of science with our Bubbles and Balloons themed science party.

Wow!! What a fun way to learn and reinforce Key Stage 1 and 2 taught at school.

Entertainers Police vetted by CRB and fully insured.

We also provide assemblies and workshops for Schools and Holiday Clubs.

We leave no mess, just happy faces.

For a fab Kids birthday party at your home or hall do contact us through our website link below or free phone on 080 8231 5620 or 020 3603 6867

We cover the UK and Northern Ireland including: Worcestershire, Wiltshire, West Yorkshire, West Sussex, West Midlands, West Lothian, Warwickshire, Tyne & Wear, Surrey, Suffolk, Staffordshire, South Yorkshire, South Gloucestershire, Somerset, Shropshire, Scottish Borders, Oxfordshire, Nottinghamshire, North Yorkshire, Northumberland, Northamptonshire, Norfolk, Middlesex, Merseyside, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Lancashire, Kent, Isle of Wight, Humberside, Hertfordshire, Herefordshire, Hampshire, Greater Manchester, Gloucestershire, Essex, East Sussex, Dorset, Devon, Derbyshire, Cumbria, Cornwall, County Durham, Cheshire, Cambridgeshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Bedfordshire, West London, South London, North London, East London, Channel Islands, East Riding of Yorkshire, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll & Bute, Central London, Dumfries & Galloway, East Ayrshire, East Lothian, Falkirk, Fife, Greater London, Mid Lothian, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Perth & Kinross, Renfrewshire, Rutland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Northern Ireland

Special Kids in the UK

Northern Ireland
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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BIBIC- British Institute for Brain Injured Children

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

Web: www.bibic.org.uk

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Touch Typing for Kids & Teens – a skill for life
Online

SenseToys

Online
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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Online support for people with a specific learning difficulty
National

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

Email: mail@tfhuk.com

Child, Adolescent and Adult Counsellor & Psychotherapist
National Map

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.

I also offer telephone counselling.

Please see my website for more detailed information.

RwRR

National
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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Specialists in Psychological Assessment and Treatment
National
KindleKids is a child psychology service run by an experienced highly specialist Chartered Clinical Child Psychologist and specialist team. We work together with parents (and schools where appropriate) to assess, understand, support and provide strategies for managing a range of difficulties and concerns.

We offer:

  • 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

National
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.

Pure Living Collection

Online
Pure Living Collection is an online store that sells a fabulous range of luxurious duvets, pillows, mattress protectors and associated bedding products. This website offers invaluable advice on the most appropriate bedding available for children.

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.

Web: www.purelivingcollection.com

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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.

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.

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