OTs with apps
Back in Action
Posture pack with seat wedge
Tel: 020 7930 8308
CanChild is a research and educational centre that provides evidence-based information to improve the lives of children and youth with disabilities and their families.
Do2Learn uses technology and the web to provide special learning resources for individuals with disabilities and the professionals and caregivers who serve them.
The Dyspraxia Foundation is a countrywide charity, founded in 1987 as the Dyspraxia Trust by two mothers who met at Great Ormond Street Hospital for sick children. After being told that their children had dyspraxia they were astonished and dismayed to discover that no facilities existed to help or inform parents and children with the condition. They decided to form their own group to help others to help themselves.
ERIC - Education and Resource for Improving Childhood continence
36 Old School House, Britannia Road Kingswood, Bristol BS15 8DB
Tel: 0845 3708008
Information on potty training, bedwetting, soiling, constipation and other topics. Downloadable leaflets references and advice.
Handwriting without tears
An easy way to teach pre-printing, printing, and cursive handwriting for all children from reception through to year .
HemiHelp is a UK based charity for people with hemiplegia and their families. The website has lots of useful information for people with this condition.
Hope supplies SEN resources, sensory equipment and special needs toys, and supports as part of Findel Educational a number of charities such as Dyslexia Action, The National Autistic Society and ADDISS.
Ian's Shoelace Site
Learn traditional and adapted types of knots to tie your shoelaces in simple and basic steps, with lots of visual supports. Whether you're after shoelace tying speed, simplicity, security or style, there are 18 different shoelace knots to choose from, including several that Ian, the creator of the website, has created himself.
LDA – Primary and special needs
Abbeygate House, East Road, Cambridge CB1 1DB
Tel: 0845 120 4776
Privacy boards, weighted lap pads/wraps, move’n'sit cushions, fidgets, scissors including adapted grasps, writestart desktop – sloped board, Write from the Start fluency programme, pencil grasps, reading window, scissor skills.
National Autistic Association
A leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. The website provides information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism.
No time for flash cards
A comprehensive webpage with lots of creative ideas for play and learning, well classified according to ages and themes.
Occupational Therapy Plan
An activity idea search engine for pediatric occupational therapy activities. Match skills you want to work on, with materials you have, to a detailed occupational therapy treatment activity.
One Place for Special Needs
One Place for Special Needs, Ltd. P.O. Box 9701, Naperville, IL 60567
A self-funded disability project, run by Dawn Villarreal in Illinois.
Library of social stories
Pearson (previously Harcourt Assessment)
Pearson Assessment, 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL
Tel: 0845 630 8888
PETA (UK) Ltd
Marks Hall, Margaret Roding, Dunmow CM6 1QT
Tel: 01245 231118
Play and play things website
Ideas for your child with special needs and their siblings. Produced by the Play and Learning Programe at the State Child Development Centre in Western Australia.
Specialdirect – motor skills
Specialdirect Ltd, Park Lane Business Park, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, NG17 9LE
Tel: 0800 318 686
Fidgets, pencil grasps, scissor skills, scissors, angled boards, games and activities.
Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation
5420 S. Quebec Street, Suite 135, Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Tel: (303) 794 1182
Expanding knowledge, fostering awareness and promoting recognition of Sensory Processing Disorder
Morris Road, Leicester LE2 6BR
Tel: 0116 270 4286
Large variety of pencil grasps, ruler with a handle, sand timers, variety of scissors, included adapted grasps, wooden slope board, line tracker for reading, Write from the Start fluency programme, dycem mat.
Your Therapy Source
43 South Main Street, Schaghticoke NY 12154
Tel: 0518 3011749
Online resource for special education, paediatric occupational therapy and paediatric physical therapy.
Your therapy source has also produced this video about outdoor activities to develop handwriting skills:
Websites with free typing resources:
Please note: The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust is not responsible for the content of external websites. The above links should not be understood to be an endorsements for those websites, the site owners, or their products/services.
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