Paediatric Occupational Therapy Useful Links and Resources
The National Autistic Society
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.
0141 221 8090 (Scotland)
An organisation which supports children with cerebral palsy to go to school, get a job and look forward to a more independent lifestyle.
0131 337 9876 (Scotland)
Do2Learn Do2learn provides thousands of website pages of social skills and behavioral regulation activities and guidance, learning songs and games, communication cards, academic material, and transition guides for employment and life skills for individuals with disabilities and the professionals and caregivers who serve them.
The Dyspraxia Foundation is a country Wide charity, founded in 1987 as the Dyspraxia Trust by two mothers who met at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children. They help people understand dyspraxia and developmental co-ordination disorders. Run local support groups (unfortunately not one in Glasgow) and offer download-able strategy and advice sheets. Please be aware that information on occupational therapy may vary from our service.
01462 454 986 (England)
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.
0845 123 2372 (England) (calls costs up to 8p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge per minute)
Scottish Spina Bifida Association
The SSBA seeks to increase public awareness and understanding of individuals with spina bifida and / or hydrocephalus and allied conditions. It aims to support all those affected to identify their needs and to empower them to make informed choices and decisions.
01236 794500 (Scotland)
Sensory Integration Network
SI Network is a not-for-profit organisation, promoting education, good practice and research into the theory and practice of Ayres' Sensory Integration.
0118 324 1588 (England)
ERIC - Education and Resource for Improving Childhood Continence
ERIC is a national children’s health charity dealing with bedwetting, daytime wetting, constipation and soiling and potty training in children and young people. ERIC provides information, support and resources to children, young people and their families and health professionals on bladder and bowel problems.
0845 370 8008 (England) (calls costs up to 8p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge per minute)
LDA (Learning Development Aids)
LDA specialises in educational resources to support you and all of your pupils, especially if they have special educational needs. They have resources which cover the following conditions: Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia, Autism, ADHD, Handwriting and Fine Motor skills, Gross Motor Skills. Plus resources to help those who need extra help with their curricular subjects, and parents who want to help their children.
0845 120 4776 (England) (calls costs up to 8p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge per minute)
Contact a Family
Provides reliable information on a vast range of conditions and links to support groups. Produces a directory (available as a book and online) of conditions which is updated yearly, and a regular newsletter. Download-able information leaflets on the website for parents, teachers, professionals, fathers and grandparents and also on finding reliable information on the Internet.
0808 808 3555 (Scotland)
Private organisation supporting individuals and families with DCD, dyspraxia, Dyslexia, ADHD and Aspergers syndrome. Has an online shop, download-able information and links to other sites e.g. box of ideas. While the occupational therapy service offered by this private organisation is different from ours, it is a useful resource.
01633 432330 (Wales)
UK based website for parents and carers with a range of strategies and activities for home and school, and forums. Part of the work of the Dyscovery Centre team (see above).
Ian’s Shoe Lacing Site
Website set up by an interested Australian with a range of different ways to tie laces (knotting) and to thread through shoes (lacing). Also links to other related products including lock laces. There is now an Ian’s app for I phones and I pads (available through the apps store, approx £2)
Eye Can Learn
Website of online games and activities to promote visual skills.
Website full of free printable materials, for crafts, handwriting and also lots of posters, reward charts etc.
Visual Learning for Life
This is the website for a subscription based worksheet database for developing visual skills; there are some sample pages to download and a visual skills checklist.
Canadian Occupational Therapy website, which has a “quick tips” section that includes a variety of ideas for children e.g. gift ideas for children with special needs, pre-writing ideas, advice on school bags, setting agendas and organising homework etc.
Hands on Scotland
Website for any adults caring for or working with young people and children in Scotland. Information on a variety of topics to promote health and well-being. These topics include anxiety, anger, sleep and eating. Recently updated and includes video clips and relaxation techniques.
A website which compiles videos, similar to Youtube, but all with a “how-to” approach. In the child health section of the health and fitness drop down menu, there are some fabulous videos of gym ball activities, how to use a parachute or build an obstacle course. Handy for parents and teachers, but please be aware like Youtube some of the information on this website will be the author’s opinion and won’t be available on school or health computer networks.
Box of Ideas
UK based website with loads of tips, advice and strategies on a range of everyday situations for children and young people. Includes advice on bedtime, study skills, ball skills, choosing a hobby etc.
BenefitsNow is an online shop selling a full range of Daily Living Aids and Medical and Rehab Equipment including active/passive Exercise Equipment and Orthopeadic Supports, all designed to make life easier. They also sell a variety of Paediatric Aids, including Junior Caring Cutlery, plus a full range of Paediatric Mobility Aids. They sell a great range of products that can help with Continence care including the Maneze Incontinence Pouch.
0845 459 6006 (England) (calls costs up to 8p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge per minute)
Handwriting without tears
The website providesonline games, curriculum research, 15-second music samples, how-to product videos, and all free online resources to improve handwriting.
Company selling a range of children’s products for scissor skills, gross motor skills, fine motor skills and dressing. Stocks a range of writing tools and fidget toys.
0800 318 686 (England) (calls costs up to 8p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge per minute)
Local supplier and stockist for a range of aids to daily living including self-opening scissors and caring cutlery
0141 952 2323 (Scotland)
Nottingham Rehab Supplies (NRS)
NRS specialise in disability equipment and rehab supplies, such as disability aids and mobility products. As well as angled writing boards and Move’in Sit cushions.
0845 121 8111 (England) (calls costs up to 8p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge per minute)
Homecraft Rolyan is a suppliers of Physical therapy products and equipment solutions to improve the independence and quality of life for disabled people of all agesand anyone who requires assistance with daily living activities.
08448 730 035 (England) (calls costs up to 8p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge per minute)
Peta UK Ltd
Peta UK Lit are designers, manufacturers and suppliers of ergonomic tools, aids and assistive devices. They offer a wide range of adapted scissors and associated publications which assists the child with special needs to develop this important skill.
01376 573476 (England)
Fledglings is a national charity that finds and sells products that improve the lives of disabled children and their families.
0845 458 1124 (England) (calls costs up to 8p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge per minute)