The Play Doctors want to support the inclusion of all children. To help this happen, we want to provide useful information and websites.
We try to keep our information up to date. However, if you happen to notice that any of the links do not work, or that a website we are recommending no longer exists please let us know by contacting us. If you are aware of any useful websites we do not have listed, again please let us know. We are very happy to put links onto our site, once we have taken a look at them please contact us with your suggestions. We do not take responsibility for the contents of other people’s websites.
We have no control over the nature, content and availability of these sites. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them.
|Adults and the Elderly|
|Alzheimer’s Society||www.alzheimers.org.uk||0300 222 11 22|
|Care Quality Commission||www.cqc.org.uk||03000 616161|
|NAPA (Activities for older people)||www.napa-activities.co.uk||020 7078 9375|
|Happy Times Activities||www.happytimesactivities.co.uk||0151 651 2135|
|Autism Buddy||www.autismbuddy.com||0845 0940519|
|Autism for Parents||www.autismforparents|
|Autism UK||www.autismuk.com||01536 523274|
|Brookdale Care||www.brookdalecare.co.uk||01707 332244|
|The Autism Centre||www.theautismcentre.co.uk||01554 836960|
|The National Autistic Society||www.autism.org.uk||020 7833 2299|
|ADDISS (Attention Deficit Disorder)||www.addiss.co.uk||020 8952 2800|
|Challenging Behaviour Foundation||www.thecbf.org.uk||0634 838739|
|Congenital and Genetic Disorders|
|Association for Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus||www.shinecharity.org.uk||01733 55988|
|Cystic Fibrosis Trust||www.cftrust.org.uk||020 8464 7211|
|Down’s Syndrome Association||www.downs-syndrome.org.uk||020 8614 5100|
|Footsteps Foundation (Neurological & Genetic Disorders)||www.footstepscentre.com||01865 340376|
|Jeans for Genes||www.jeansforgenesday.org||020 7199 3300|
|Little Hearts Matter||www.lhm.org.uk||0121 455 8982|
|Restricted Growth Association||www.restrictedgrowth.co.uk||0300 111 1970|
|Counselling Directory||http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/aspergers-syndrome.html||0844 803 0252|
|Deaf and Blind Organisations|
|British Deaf Association||www.bda.org.uk||020 7588 3520|
|National Blind Children’s Society||www.nbcs.org.uk||01278 764 764|
|National Deaf Children’s Society||www.ndcs.org.uk||020 7490 8656|
|Royal National Institute of the Blind||www.rnib.org.uk||0303 123 9999|
|Action for Sick Children||www.actionforsickchildren.org||0171 8332041|
|Disability Law Service||www.dls.org.uk||020 7791 9800|
|Sibs (Brothers & sisters of disabled children)||www.sibs.org.uk||01535 645453|
|Together For Short Lives||www.togetherforshortlives.co.uk||0117 989 7820|
|Epilepsy and Cerebral Palsy|
|British Epilepsy Association||www.epilepsy.org.uk||01532 439393|
|British Institute for Brain Injured Children||www.bibic.org.uk||01278 684060|
|Cerebral Palsy Helpline||0808 800 333|
|National Society for Epilepsy||www.epilepsynse.org.uk||01494 601300|
|Young Epilepsy||www.youngepilepsy.org.uk||01342 832243|
|Hospices & Respite Care Centres|
|Acorn Children’s Hospice||www.acorns.org.uk||0121 2484850|
|Brian House Children’s Hospice||www.trinityhospice.co.uk||01253 358881|
|Chase Children’s Hospital Services||www.chasecare.org.uk||01483 454213|
|Children’s Hospice Association of Scotland||www.chas.org.uk||0131 444 1900|
|Children’s Hospice South West||www.chsw.org.uk||01271 325270|
|Claire House Children’s Hospice||www.claire-house.org.uk||0151 334 4626|
|Demelza House Children’s Hospice||www.demelza.org.uk||01795 845200|
|Derian House Children’s Hospice||www.derianhouse.co.uk||01257 233300|
|East Anglia Children’s Hospice||www.each.org.uk||01953 888604|
|Eden Valley Children’s Hospice||www.evhospice.org.uk||01228 810801|
|Helen & Douglas House||www.helenanddouglas.org.uk||01865 794749|
|Hope House Children’s Hospice||www.hopehouse.org.uk||01691 671999|
|Keech Cottage Children’s Hospice||www.keech.org.uk||01582 492339|
|Leonard Cheshire Foundation||www.lcdisability.org||0131 346 9040|
|Martin House||www.martinhouse.org.uk||01937 845045|
|Naoimi House Children’s Hospice||www.naomihouse.org.uk||01962 843513|
|Northern Ireland Hospice||www.nihospicecare.com||028 9078 1836|
|Rainbow Children’s Hospice||www.rainbows.co.uk||01509 638034|
|Richard House Children’s Hospice||www.richardhouse.org.uk||020 7511 0222|
|St Andrew’s Children’s Hospice||www.standrewshospice.com||01472 350908|
|St Barnabas Hospice||www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk||01903 264147|
|St Peter & St James Hospice & Care Centre||www.stpeter-stjames.org.uk||01444 471598|
|The Donna Louise Trust||www.donnalouisetrust.org||01782 322221|
|Ty Hafan||www.tyhafan.org||01222 532200|
|Zoe’s Place Baby’s Hospice||www.zoes-place.org.uk||01642 457985|
|BILD (British Institute of Learning Disabilities)||www.bild.org.uk||01562 723010|
|British Dyslexia Association||www.bdadyslexia.org.uk||0118 9668 271/2|
|British Institute of Learning Disabilities||www.bild.org.uk||01562 723010|
|Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities||www.learningdisabilities.org.uk||020 7803 1100|
|INPP (Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology)||www.inpp.org.uk||01244 311 414|
|Mencap (Learning Disabilities)||www.mencap.org.uk||0171 4540454|
|Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists||www.rcslt.org||020 7378 1200|
|The Dore Programme (Learning Difficulties)||www.dore.co.uk||0333 123 0100|
|The Dyslexia Institute||www.dyslexia-inst.org.uk||01784 222300|
|Parent and Carer Support Groups|
|Carers Together||www.carerstogether.org.uk||01642 488977|
|Carers UK||www.carersuk.org||0808 808 7777|
|Contact a Family||www.cafamily.org.uk||020 7608 8700/0808 808 3555|
|Crossroads Caring for Carers||01788 573653|
|Dept of Health Carers Website||www.dh.gov.uk/health|
|Face 2 Face Befriending Service||www.scope.org.uk/face2face||01432 370860|
|Henry Spink Foundation||www.henryspink.org|
|Parentline||24 Hour confidential helpline||01273 550600|
|Princes Royal Trust for Carers||www.carers.org||0844 800 4361|
|Scope (Families with Disabled Children)||www.scope.org.uk||0808 800 3333|
|Special Kids in the UK||www.specialkidsintheuk.org|
|Unique (Families with Chromosome Disorders)||www.rarechromo.org||01883 330766|
|Child Growth Foundation||www.childgrowthfoundation.org||020 8995 0257|
|Dyspraxia Foundation||www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk||01462 455 052|
|Move||www.move-europe.org.uk||020 7403 6382|
|National Institute of Conductive Education||www.conductive-education.org.uk||0121 442 5556|
|Speech, Language & Communication|
|Association for Speech Impaired Children||www.afasic.org.uk||020 7490 9410|
|British Stammering Association||www.stammering.org||020 8983 1003|
|CLAPA – Cleft Lip And Palate Association||www.clapa.com||020 7431 0033|
|I CAN||www.ican.org.uk||0845 220 4071|
|The Makaton Charity||www.makaton.org||01276 606760|
|Other Disability and Special Needs|
|Cerebra (Brain-related Neurological Conditions)||www.cerebra.org.uk||01267 244200|
|Child Death Helpline||www.childdeathhelpline.org.uk||0800 282 986|
|Day Nurseries||www.daynurseries.co.uk||01488 684321|
|Disabilities in the UK||www.wheelchairchildren.org.uk||0844 544 1050|
|Dogs for the Disabled||www.dogsforthedisabled.org||01295 252600|
|Don’t Stick it – Stop it (Bullying)||www.dontstickit.org.uk||0171 4540454|
|EHRC (Equal Human Rights Commission)||www.equalityhumanrights.com||0161 829 8100|
|ERIC (Childhood continence)||www.eric.org.uk||0117 960 3060|
|One Parent Families||www.opfs.org.uk||0131 556 3899|
|Osteopathic Centre for Children||www.occ.uk.com||0208 875 5290|
|Special Needs Kids||www.special-needs-kids.co.uk||0800 756 1277|
|Tree of Hope Charity (Funds for Sick Children)||www.treeofhope.org.uk||01424 224656|
|Young Minds (Mental Health)||www.youngminds.org.uk||020 7089 5050|
Other useful sites
We met up with a fascinating guy, Simon who has written a brilliant programme to support children based on physical exercises which help to stimulate the body and brain. We are asking him to write an article for our newsletter and website, so keep an eye on the newsletter pages.
Innovative, Fun and Holistic – a fresh approach
to Movement Education
|ActEi is a fun developmental movement programme for 4 – 9 year olds, that uses games, co-operative missions, creative movement, drama, imagination, visualisation and specialised neuro-developmental movements, to help every child reach their potential – physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively.|
Take a look there is also another site that is worth exploring and listening to the free examples of the music written to do the exercises to ActEi It is a really exciting programme and worth taking a look.
We have just received several links from Caring4ourkids.com via Sarah Brian. Thank you Sarah for these links.
Legal Resources for Special Needs
Keeping Disabled Persons Safe While Remodeling
Creating a Home Where Your Disabled Child can Thrive
Teacher Resources for Special Needs
Disaster Preparedness for Special Needs
Disability and Credit Scores
Disability Resources from the Department of Labor
Tips for Disabled Persons to Declutter and Organize their Home
Financial Planning for Special Needs
We received a link for dyslexia that may be useful
a resource guide by SuperSummary called the “Guide to Overcoming Dyslexia” (http://www.supersummary.com/dyslexia-guide/)
We received a link that may be useful see below:
We have just been sent a link from Drugwatch UK, educational guides on children’s health. They provide information on medication risk, recalls, side effects and interactions for kids and adolescents. Take a look….
https://incluzy.com/ aims to raise awareness of Autism. Incluzy not only lists disability inclusive employers, but also offer informative content to employers and business owners in regards to the benefits of employing people with all types of disabilities.
Take a look at this interesting article on the benefits of employing people on the autism spectrum
We have been sent a link to an article about helping children on the autism spectrum get to sleep take a look
We have just been sent some links by Elena McDermott Caring4kids.com which may be useful to our readers. Thank you Elena for sending these over to us.
Autism Resources for Families
Sesame Street Autism Resources for Parents
Reduce the Noise: Help Loved Ones with Sensory Overload Enjoy Shopping
CDC Autism Links and Resources
Operation Autism for Military Families
Academic Accommodation Resources
Temple Grandin’s Teaching Tips
Taking your Child with Autism to the Orthodontist
Estate Planning for Parents of Kids with Autism
Information on water safety http://www.mailsports.co.uk/water-safety-for-children.php
Sensory Toys for children with autism and other useful tools www.costcuttersuk.com
Incontinence can be quite a taboo subject, take a look at this helpful website which gives a comprehensive guide to understanding and dealing with incontinence www.incontinenceliving.co.uk
Quality Compliance Systems (www.ukqcs.co.uk), are providers of compliance management tools for adult social care providers in the UK. They also have an interesting blog where they features dozens of articles regularly written by expert authors in the areas of care policy for adults and children with physical and mental disabilities see http://www.ukqcs.co.uk/blog/ for details.
Therapy Directory This website helps you look for different therapies including Occupational Therapy
Yoga for those on the spectrum
Recently at the autism show we met David Ellams who is setting up a business providing yoga for those on the autism spectrum.
Take a look at his website http://yoga4autism.org/about/what-we-do/
Happy signers is a small company based in the South of the Country, they provide classes on baby signing.
Take a look at their website for further information.
If you have or think you or a child you live/work with may have Dyspraxia, take a look at the DORE website. They have an excellent on-line easy to do test that provides you with a PDF report giving information and guidance. DORE also provide a drugs free programme based on physical activity that is proven to support those with a range of cognitive impairments. Take a look at their short animated video explaining the service. http://www.dore.co.uk/
Play England’s aim is for all children and young people in England to have regular access and opportunity for free, inclusive, local play provision and play space.
Play England provides advice and support to promote good practice, and works to ensure that the importance of play is recognised by policy makers, planners and the public.
The latest updates on Play England services and activities – including information on how our regional teams can support you – can be found on this website
Children’s Play Information Service & library
The Children’s Play Information Service (CPIS) is a specialist information resource providing information on many aspects of children’s play.
Children’s Rights Alliance for England
The Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) is a coalition of over 380 voluntary and statutory organisations committed to the full implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. They are one of the biggest children’s rights coalitions in the world.
Fair Play for Children
Fair Play for Children exists to promote the child’s right to play as contained in Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The Forestry Commission has a specific project which actively promotes play in the natural environment. The Forest Commission delivers the practical programmes to make sure that, as communities and individuals, we can get the most from them.
Free Play Network
Free Play Network is a network of individuals and organisations, which aims to promote the need for better play opportunities for children.
Kids offers access to a variety of play, leisure and social opportunities for disabled children aged 5 – 19 years.
KIDS Direct Short Break Service
Learning through Landscapes
Learning through Landscapes (LTL) work with schools, early years settings, organisations and individuals to help improve and develop school grounds.
London Play aims for every child in London to have quality, accessible and inclusive play opportunities. They campaign for more and improved play spaces and services, and support playwork in the capital.
National Playing Fields’ Association (now known as FIT – Fields in Trust)
National Playing Fields’ Association exists to protect and improve recreational space across the UK.
Playday is the annual celebration of children’s play, with hundreds of events organised by local campaigners across the country. Playday is supported by Play England and formerly the Children’s Play Council.
PLAYLINK is working to ensure that all children have easy access to quality play environments.
Based at the University of Gloucestershire, Playwork Partnerships has information and links to the various aspects of their work and useful information about playwork and playwork education and training.
RoSPA Play Safety
The RoSPA play safety section provides information on playground management and the safety of indoor and outdoor play areas.
SkillsActive Playwork Unit
Part of SkillsActive, the Sector Skills Council for active leisure and learning, the playwork unit supports playwork and playworkers.
4Children promotes out of school opportunities for children. Formerly known as Kids’ Clubs Network.
Natural Learning Concepts
An American company Natural Learning Concepts has come to the attention of The Play Doctors. Natural Learning Concepts have a number of downloadable and sellable resrouces to support those on the Autism Spectrum. These include books and DVDs to sensory toys and schedule boards.
Practical sensory suggestions
This is a blogging site that is run but parents with children who have a sensory processing disorder including conditions such as ASD and dyspraxia. It’s well worth a look for good ideas in creating sensory activities for your children.
The Autism Directory
This a fantastic site to find support and suggestions to support your children with ASD. There are pages to find good resources, books and autism friendly palces to visit.
Team teach are a nationally recognised training provider who supply training to anyone who may face challenging behaviour. Team teach teaches safe holding, break away and restrait techniques that are recognised and supported by HSE.