Local Resources

I’d like to share what I’ve learned about programs, services, events, and products in the London area.

Speech and Language Therapy | Down’s Syndrome | Parent Groups | Charities | Osteopathy | Toy Library | Vision/hearing | Other

SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY

ROSIE NICHOLSON – PROMPT Specialist in South London:  Specialising in speech, language, and communication for children in London.

Rosie is an American Trained Speech Therapist. I have worked with her on several cases and she is dedicated to her patients and families, very knowledgeable and experienced, and a multi-disciplinary team player. I have seen great progress in the children we treat due to her care. Her skills are unique to London because she uses PROMPT, a specialized oral-motor technique to facilitate specific speech sounds.  

DOWN’S SYNDROME

Here are some programs in London that support families and children with Down’s Syndrome. Click on their site to learn more about what they offer.

Downright Excellent

downsyndrome OK

Providing Support for Children with Down Syndrome & their Families

Upside of Downs

Future of Downs  https://www.facebook.com/groups/futureofdowns/ (An online forum for parents.)

PARENT GROUPS

HemiChat – A support group for parents of children who have Hemiplegia.  They also have a very active Facebook group.

HemiHelp – Another wonderful group with great resources, groups for children and teens, an informative AGM and nice magazine.

UK Parents Autism Support – An active and supportive Facebook group for parents of children with Autism.

Facebook group for families of children with Autism in SW London 

MeToo & Co is a charity in Richmond, Surrey that offers many services for families of children with special needs.

CHARITIES

Therapeutic Riding  www.rda.org.uk

Richmond Music Trust – Music Therapy has so many benefits including sensory processing, motor skills development, and especially social-emotional skills and creativity.

Yoga Babies – Jay Ehlrich is a fantastic yoga therapist and we have collaborated together with many little ones over the years.  Highly recommend her. 

Maha Devi – Roberta Sumar Yoga Centre – www.mahadevicentre.com

An amazing yoga centre in North London specializing in providing yoga for children with special needs using Yoga for the Special Child(R) – The Sonia Sumar Method. 

Charlotte’s Tandems offer tandem bike hires for anybody with special needs all over the UK – http://charlottestandems.weebly.com/

REMAP create custom-made equipment for individuals with special needs.

Caudwell Charitable Trust help provide equipment and therapies for children with special needs who fit their criteria.

CEREBRA helps children who have a brain-related injury.

Paper Furniture Social Enterprise uses cardboard carpentry to make adaptive chairs and equipment for children with special needs. They are based in Hampshire. Believe it or not but furniture made out of cardboard is not only ‘green’ but incredibly durable.

Pop ‘n Grow Charity that provides small and adaptive clothing to babies born prematurely or with special needs.

Contact A Family have teamed up with Relate to offer free online counselling to families. http://bitly/AsTKVS 

IPSEA is a registered charity offering free and independent advice to parents of children with special educational needs in England and Wales.  

Merlins Magic Wand – A worldwide charity that enables children with special needs, illnesses and other disadvantages to enjoy major attractions such as Disney to Madame Tassauds. 

Sibs – A UK charity representing the needs of siblings of children and adults with special needs. 

Netbuddy – An online support group for topics related to learning disabilities, autism, and special needs. 

OSTEOPATHY

Osteopathic Centre for Children – Osteopathy is a wonderful complement to Occupational Therapy Services.  The FPO is an amazing charity that ensures treatment is available to all children regardless of their finances.  They also continue to raise awareness regarding children’s health and have a new facility in Wandsworth.

TOY LIBRARY

CEREBRA has a postal lending library where you can borrow books and sensory toys. They also accept donations of old books on special needs topics.

National Association of Toy and Leisure Libraries – Search their website for a toy library close to you.  They have wonderful toys, especially older toys which are no longer as available.

VISION/HEARING

British Association of Behavioural Optometrists   (Behavioural optometrists look at more than simply eyesight.  They also look at the function of the eyes, visual tracking, how the eyes focus and work together, and much more.  Most children with visual motor difficulties have 20/20 vision! It’s important to find a good Behavioural Optometrist who will collaborate together with your Occupational therapist. Teamwork is key.)

Through Bookstart, certain books are provided “FREE” to parents and carers of children from 0-4 years with vision or hearing impairments. What a great program!

Living Paintings – an amazing UK charity that offers books with raised pictures and audio for those with visual impairments.  

OTHER

South London Slings  is a sling library where you can get expert advice on babywearing, carriers and carrying methods that suit you and your child. I’m sure that Emily will collaborate with therapists regarding positioning and alignment if necessary for children with special needs. Highly recommend. I’ve been with my little one too.

Join Left-Handers Club for monthly newsletters. They also sell great products for left-handed children and adults. E.G. pencil grips, pens, rulers, writing aids, can openers, cooking utensils, and more.

Adventure Playgrounds are such great fun and creative places to incorporate sensory processing and address mtor skills.   You can find one local to you here:

Sensory Smart – A UK source for seamless clothes for children with sensory processing difficulties.  They have seamless socks for AFO’s and stock both SmartKnitKids and Teres Kids clothing, and are UK providers for SPIO compression suits.  

The TIPS site has independent reviews by parents of baby products, many of which are organic and natural.