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Toys for Children with Special Needs

Explore Your Senses

A carefully selected range of innovative sensory resources and toys that will engage all ages in sensory learning and exploration. Catering for a range of special needs, including Autism Spectrum, ADHD, Dyspraxia and Fine/Gross Motor Skills, these resources aim to aid parents and professionals, who particularly care for children with learning disabilities. The best-selling Fun Kits, Exploration Bags and Discovery Tubs contain specifically chosen sensory toys and products, all geared towards a unique sensory experience. They are the perfect addition to any sensory room or bedroom toy chest.
For further details:
Email: for a free catalogue
Tel: 01535 662812 or visit:

Orkid Ideas – the home of Tom &Tag

Cool tool that helps kids pack their bag for school; A colourful daily checklist that’s practical and fun to use. Clip it to their school bag so they know what to take to school AND bring home. Tomtag helps your child take responsibility for their own belongings. Each Tomtag pack includes: 6 button holders with attachment loop and a handy storage pack Containing:
Over 160 water-resistant stickers showing 45 different items and activities, plus 45 blank buttons.
For further details: Visit: or Tel: 01904 213123

Stickman Communications

A refreshing, stylish, light-hearted yet true-to-life approach to disability.
So many things relating to disability seem aimed at people with no sense of style or humour. Afraid to admit difference – or totally boring about it. Let’s face it, life with disability is full of humour, where conventionality is a myth, political correctness is an accident, difference is normal and life is eternally absurd. And so, using personal experience as the foundation, Hannah Ensor’s stickmen products (stickers, keyring cards, books and more) are here to help tell the reality of a differently normal life without a trace of pity. So browse through Hannah Ensor’s products or commission a personalised work at your leisure. Or if you would like her to attend or speak at an event, just send her an email. Products for all ages.
For further details:
 Email: or Tel: 07717 454648
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SenseToys – Helping children to talk and play

SenseToys is a specialist supplier of early years and special needs inclusive toys and educational resources. Our toys have been selected because they can help children to acquire language through play and because they can help encourage social interaction, which makes them ideal for children with special educational needs.
For more further details: visit:
Email: Tel: 0845 257 0851

Happy Hopperz – Inflatable Bouncers

Bounce Anywhere and Everywhere. Encouraging Physical Development in Children.
For further details: Email:

Amber Pumpkin

Teething toys and comforters for older children.

Charlotte’s Tandems: Free Tandem Hire

The charity, Charlotte’s Tandems, lends tandems to (and only to) people with disabilities or special needs for free, who are unable to ride a bike safely on their own, so that they can enjoy the wonders of cycling. See the website for full details including lots of feedback from previous borrowers.
For further details: Visit: or Facebook

Southcote Library: Toy Library

When: Tuesdays 9.30am-12noon, Thursdays 2pm-5pm, Saturdays 9.30am-11am and 2pm-3.30pm
Where: Southcote Lane, Reading, RG30 3BA
Cost: £5 per annum joining fee, small toys 50p, medium toys £1.50, large toys such as climbing frames/trampolines £3.
Southcote Toy Library has a comprehensive collection of toys for children with special needs. Toys can be hired out for 3 weeks at a time for a small charge.
For further details: Tel 0118 937 5109


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