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Useful Links


Wonder Moms is a project by three mums to share real talk, helpful information, and practical advice with parents of kids who have intellectual disabilities, Down syndrome, autism, language and speech delays, deafness, chronic illness, and traumatic brain injury.


Coping With Covid Stress

Coping with Covid Stress

What to Look For in Accessible Rentals 

What to Look for in Accessible Rentals

Making Special Education Work for your Child During COVID

Making Special Education Work for Your Child During COVID

Finding Accessible Housing

Finding Accessible Housing

Creating a Sensory Friendly Home

Creating a Sensory Friendly Home

Helping Kids Deal with trauma

Helping Kids Deal with Trauma 

What is a Special Needs Trust?

Special Needs Trusts Guide

Support with Autism

National Autistic Society

 Tips for autistic people and families


Autism NI

Autism NI have developed a range of resources to help autistic individuals, professionals, parents/carers and family members to gain access to knowledge and information that they may find useful.


Middletown Centre for Autism


First Discoverers

10 sensory activities for children with Autism 


SEN Resource Source 

A range of very useful, visual and free resources for children with Autism 

  • tidy up time social story and other social stories (see Home Learning Section on this website)
  • leaving the house reminders
  • behaviour choices
  • anger meter
  • social skills self assessment 
  • all abut me activity book
  • self assessment fans



A video guide recommended by The Genius of Play

When you contemplate a sensory play activity for a child in your life with special needs, take into consideration not only what they’ll learn, but also how they’ll experience it —and then promote the areas that make the most sense for each child.

    • Kids who are blind or visually impaired may not gain a tremendous amount of value from fourteen different shades of green crayon on simple, white copy paper. They may benefit more from enjoying a coloring activity on different textured paper – like bumpy, corrugated, and scratchy (e.g. sand paper).
    • Kids who are deaf or hard of hearing may miss the verses in a song, however, they can feel the beat of the drum and the vibration of whistles and kazoos. Music can be part of sensory play for kids who are deaf or hard of hearing if you can help them feel the music.
    • Kids who have physical limitations may not have the control to easily follow intricate paint by number patterns, but may find success with stamps and washable stamp pads, where elaborate masterpieces are created with simple movements.
    • Kids who have sensory processing issues are a little trickier. Some are highly sensitive to sensory stimulation while others have low sensitivity. For kids who crave more stimulation, add scented extracts or small beads into homemade playdough. Or finger paint instead of using a brush so their fingers feel the coolness and movement directly. For kids who are overly sensitive, finger painting may still be an option – but have the kids wear rubber gloves or put different colored paints in a sealable plastic bag so they can experience how the colors mix and move without ever having to get paint on their hands.


Support for children with disabilities


Being Active - a guides for children with impairments or health conditions


SEN Resource Source 

A range of very useful, visual and free resources for SEN

  • positivity journal
  • tidy up time social story
  • alphabet flash cards
  • leaving the house reminders
  • alphabet chart
  • behaviour choices
  • anger meter
  • number lines
  • social skills self assessment 
  • all abut me activity book
  • number bonds to 10
  • self assessment fans


Family Lives

Fun things to do with disabled children


National Public Website on Assistive Technology 

20 fun activities for kids with disabilities 


My Child at Cerebal palsy.org

Outdoor activities for children with special needs 


Sunrise Medical

Activities for people with disabilities 


The Genius of Play

Sensory play for kids with SEN






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Home Learning and Training for Parents

Free taster training session from Richard Hirstwood on SEN


National Change Your Mind Campaign
Great for all things on Mental Health

Sensory spectacle  

look out for live sensory bins 



Training for Parents on Autism


Parent Kind

Their mission is to tirelessly support and champion all the ways parents can participate in education and have their voices heard. They want to be a powerful force for good in education in the UK that strives to bring homes and schools together for the good of all children and society as a whole.


Mindfulness for parents and children

Safe Hands Thinking minds 

Some resources to support children and adults around anxiety, worry, stress, and fears



Public Health Agency

Here you can find a downloadable version of Steps to stress and 5 ways to well-being as well as AWARE Defeat depression leaflets related to different type of depression.



Your Health in Mind

A partnership between Libraries NI and a number of voluntary organisations. THis is  and includes a number of resources and events.



Mental Health at Work


Whether you work with 10 people, 10,000 people or just yourself, paying attention to mental health in the workplace has never been more important. Mental Health at Work is here to help you find the information and resources you need.




Aware NI
Overcoming depression, changing lives 


Hirstwood Training

237 Heysham Road, Heysham, Lancashire, England, LA3 1NN

Our telephone number +44 1524 426 395


Prince's Trust

The Prince’s Trust has funding available for young people living in the Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council area.   If you, or anyone you know, needs funding to help get into employment, education or training we may be able to help.
We may be able to provide funding for :-
·         Interview Clothes
·         Course Fees or Kits
·         Travel for Work Placements
·         Clothing for Work Placements or Jobs
·         CSR Cards & SIA Licenses
For more info contact us at :- OutreachNI@princes-trust.org.uk
Freephone :- 0800 842 842
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