Northern Ireland | 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Special Education Needs Parties: Our experienced presenters tailor the traditional presentation to suit the individual requirements of the audience. We work with the child and their helpers to extract the very best aspects of the experiments so as to engage the kids as much as possible.
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
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.
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.
- 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.
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
- 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.
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
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.
- 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