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Local services for Special Educational Needs


This is a new page and we're adding content all the time. Please contact us if there's a brilliant service for families of children with special educational needs you think we should know about.  Please also check out out What's on event listings - many of the classes and children's centres offer something for everyone.


The Sensory Hub Club combines therapeutic touch, movement and music in an open sensory rich space. Six sessions running over six weeks take place on Mondays from June 19th till July 24th(10am-11am and 11am-noon)

Where: St Thomas Community Church Space, Oldhill St, N16 Two qualified practitioners in Shiatsu and Craniosacral Therapy adapted for SEN infants. Parents can practice simple techniques that help with good feelings and healthy bonds by learning to work with the sensitivity of their child. Cost: £7 per session. Booking in advance needed. Places limited to 4 children with parents per session. Contact Ruth or visit the Facebook page:



Check out these other great local support services:


  • Hackney Independent Forum for Parents/Carers of children with disabilities has great info on local resources for families of children with special needs:




  • The Key runs out of Hackney Ark Resource Centre. It’s a membership service for children and young people, 19 years and under, with difficulties, disability or special educational needs.  Members receive a discount card for local leisure centres, subscription to Laburnum Boat Cub, invitations to courses and services, newsletters, invitations to events and activities and the chance to help shape local services.  It’s open Monday-Friday (10am-6.30pm). Visit



  • Kids Outreach offers short breaks and family sessions at home or in the community for families with disabled children in Hackney. Visit



  • Short Breaks offer disabled young people in Hackney a fun break away from their main carer, giving their carer a break too. You could be entitled to up to 120 hours or 20 days (if not in receipt of a social care package). Visit:





What's on in Stokey and nearby:


One to one Therapeutic Sessions take place at the Old Fire Station in Leswin Road and The Room at Kings Cross by arrangement on Tuesday and Friday afternoons. The 45 minute sessions combine Shiatsu Therapeutic Touch, Movement and Voice in a multi-sensory play setting. This is suitable for non-verbal early years children with complex needs and/or autism.  For more information email Or visit



Tots 2 Teens is a wellbeing centre for children aged 4+ and adults.  Services include art and play therapy, music therapy, creative writing, dance movement and talking therapies.  The service is offered at Stamford Hill Library on Portland Avenue and was created for the Orthodox Jewish community but is open to all Hackney residents.

Sessions take place from 10am-8pm Monday-Thursday and 10am-2pm on Fridays.




Laburnum Boat Club is a community boating project offering a sports club for young people (aged 11+)  including those with disabilities and a programme for adults with mental health issues.  It’s at Laburnum Street, E2 8BA. Sessions run on Sundays from 10am-1pm. Visit: 

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