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Pets As Therapy is a national charity founded in 1983. It is unique in that it provides therapeutic visits to hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and a variety of other venues by volunteers with their own friendly, temperament tested and vaccinated dogs and cats.

Since it’s beginning over 22,000 PAT dogs have been registered into the Pets As Therapy scheme. Every year some of these retire and new dogs, having first been examined and passed on health, temperament, suitability and stability grounds, join Pets As Therapy.

Today there are currently around 4,500 active PAT visiting dogs and 108 PAT cats at work in the UK. Every week these calm friendly dogs and cats give more than 130,000 people, both young and old, the pleasure and chance to cuddle and talk to them. The bedsides that are visited each year number a staggering half million

One of our own parents is currently training her dog as a PAT dog.

Some autistic children are frightened of dogs and we are hoping that some of our children will benefit from this therapy in the near future



Chewing problems

 One of Indigo Kids mums has discovered Chewigems.



It is widely recognised that many children and adults who have sensory issues find chewing a way of remaining calm. 

These disorders can include but are not limited to; Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).

ChewiGem has a range of stylish necklaces that are designed to look amazing whilst discreetly serving your childs need to chew.   



Shoelace issues!



 Designed to hold shoes in place without having to tie them. Great for children with special needs especially if the don't have the dexterity of other children, plus they can have cool shoes with cool laces rather than the velcro shoes.

There are numerous site that sell these laces which originate from the States. Here is one we have had contact with and another group has bought from. 



Special Direct



 A new company with a simple aim to provide the best possible range of resources to people working withy children with special needs.

Part of the TTS family.

Resources for: Autism, ADHD, Dyspraxia, Speaking & Listening, Dyslexia and Inclusion Resources.





A new, local company producing short animated films - Sociamations. These are multimedia guides to successful negotiation of potentially perplexing social situations in education, at home and in the community. Potential users are young people, from toddler to twenties, who may be experiencing some difficulties with social situations and communication. Our aim is, by using today's technology, to promote effective life skills for everyone.

Purchased sociamations may be downloaded for use on computers, tablets, phones etc.. They may also be bought as DVDs or by a yearly subscription for all Sociamations in a specific Key Stage. Prices are very reasonable as they need to be available to every young person who may be experiencing difficulty in a variety of situations at school, home or in their community.





1.The Space Place is a series of 12 animated films specifically designed to help childre on the autistic spectrum to better understand the relationship between facial expression and emotion. The series also helps children understand social interaction. It is based at a museum about space, especially designed for young children. The museum is full of model space vehicles and rockets with friendly faces.

2.Face-cards are special flash cards for people with autism, asperger syndrome, PDD or anyone who needs help with uderstanding feelings and faces. Face-cards are a set of resources that can assist in the therapy and treatment of people of all ages, and are used by parents, carers, psychologists and special education teachers.

3.Visual aids are used in schools and can be bought off the website for home use too, for children with communication disabilities.

4.Windmill Special Needs, speialises in equipment such as harnesses, access equipment, car seats, all to suit your needs.

5. A website with lots of resources and information regarding funding and the different charities that can help fund anything from toys to equipment and clothing. It gives a listing of all the different organisations and what they can help fund.

 6. LIVING MADE EASY FOR CHILREN. If you are a parent or carer of a disabled child, or a healthcare professional looking for ideas, advice and information about daily living equipment froma source you can trust, you come to the right place!

We at the Disabled Living Foundation do NOT sell any products but we CAN help you find the people that do!




Continence Advisory Service

Advice & support with toileting programmes

Home delivery service

Tel:  0115 88368900



Educatioin and resources for improving childhood continence

Tel: 0845 370 8008



Promoting continence and product awareness

Tel: 0870 760 1580



 Charity which helps parenst and carers of children with special needs to find simple, affordable solutions to practical problems

Tel: 0845 458 1124


P & S Healthcare Ltd

Local company who supply a range of washable products and bedding (including sleep suits)

Tel: 0115 968 1188


Bassetlaw Fashion Services

Small local charity who supply clothing and alterations for people with special needs (including sleep suits and popper vests).

Tel: 01777 860 206



Maths Learning that sticks with you

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