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Children with special needs or learning difficulties often have difficulties with communication. Some children require speech and language therapy to improve, and others need greater intervention and perhaps the addition of some form of communication system or device. However, no matter what the level of communication difficulty, there are many ways to help most children to communicate more effectively.
 Even children with profound difficulties have the potential to increase their levels of communication, allowing them to initiate, respond and make choices.

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1 Minute Giant Sand Timer Stool
This enormous stylish 1 minute sand timer stools acts as a seat and timing device! Just like a standard egg timer, it is simply rotated to set the sand flowing through the device and to time events.
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£9.99
1 minute sand timer
Virtually indestructible sand timers with moulded end caps and thick wall surrounds.
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£12.97
1 Pack Childrens ear defenders
These ear defenders are perfect for a child who covers their ears when it gets too noisy. They come complete with a comfortable padded head band.
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£9.99
10 minutes sand timer
Virtually indestructible sand timers with moulded end caps and thick wall surrounds.
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£6.19
10 Pack Silishapes Trace Numbers Yellow
A new concept for pre-schools, nurseries and primary schools are these packs of alphabet letters and numbers made from silicon.
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£3.49
10 Pack Transparent Numbers
A set of colourful, transparent letters for the light box. Each of the numbers measures approximately 5cm high. Excellent for promoting number recognition in young children. Through playing with these numbers on the light box, children can learn basic numerous skills. These plastic numbers can also be used without the light panel. Suitable for children from the age of 3 years.
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£17.49
10 Piece Band Percussion Set
Set of 10 provides a guided exploration of sound, music and movement using percussion instruments. Ideal for use within the early years.
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£224.99
12 Emotion Cushions set with trolley
Handmade, high quality solid wooden cushion storage trolley. Ideal mobile storage unit for our circular floor cushion ranges (holds 12 cushions). 4 castors, 2 x lockable. Easy assembly.
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£169.95
12 Pack Emotions Donut Cushion Trolley
A multi-functional classroom essential with an educational benefit, this cushion trolley carries 12 brightly coloured floor cushions (included)
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£9.99
15 minutes sand timer
Virtually indestructible sand timers with moulded end caps and thick wall surronds.
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£9.99
2 minute sand timer
These Large Sand Timers with moulded end caps and thick surrounding walls are durable enough for the classroom, clinic or home.
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£74.95
20 Piece Bumper Sensory Liquid Timer Kit
Turn these colourful liquid timers over and watch droplets tumble and bounce to the bottom, bubbles float to the top and fat spherical droplets walking in a line down a spiral staircase.
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£89.99
23 Piece Awesome Visuals Sensory Kit Bag
A fun selection of visual resources which aid colour recognition and exploration.
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£24.99
26 pack of Alpha Bean bags and crate
These bean bags are great for helping children learn the alphabet and ideal for playing a wide range of early literacy, letter and phonics games.
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£5.99
26 Pack Transparent Letters
A set of colourful, transparent letters for the light box. Each of the letters measures approximately 5cm high. Excellent for promoting letter recognition in young children. Through playing with these letters on the light box, children can learn basic literacy skills.
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£199.99
2m Circular Tell The Time Carpet And Accessory Pack
A Tell The Time 2m circular carpet ideal for teaching the time and designed to support many of the front-of-class teaching aids.
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£74.95
3 Minute Giant Sand Timer Stool
This enormous stylish 3 minute sand timer stools acts as a seat and timing device! Just like a standard egg timer, it is simply rotated to set the sand flowing through the device and to time events.
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£9.99
3 minutes Sand timer
These Large Sand Timers with moulded end caps and thick surrounding walls are durable enough for the classroom, clinic or home.
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£9.99
30 minutes sand timer
Virtually indestructible sand timers with moulded end caps and thick wall surrounds.
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£9.99
30 seconds sand timer
Virtually indestructible sand timers with moulded end caps and thick wall surrounds
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£11.95
4 Button Recordable Card
The A4 size is suitable for even the youngest school children while providing four separate recording buttons each with up to 10 seconds recording.
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£5.49
4 Colour Liquid Timer
Four cells of brightly-coloured oil which drip and slide up and down between the cells as the timer is turned over, creating multiple squares of translucent colour and providing a fascinating visual experience.
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£32.99
4 Pack Giant Hand Mirrors
A fantastic selection of hand shaped mirrors and this set comes with an amazing 4 hand mirrors.
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£124.99
4 Pack Mega Sand Timer Kit
This pack of 4 various timed Mega Sand Timers with moulded end caps and thick surrounding walls are durable enough for the classroom, clinic or home. For easy identification each timer is colour coded and they’re perfect for use in games, timing experiments and as a behavioural tool.
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£16.19
4 Pack Recordable Answer Buzzers
Record your voice, sounds, music or a message of your choice onto these recordable answer buzzers and turn speaking and listening into a fun game. They measure 9cm in diameter and the recording lasts for up to 7 seconds. Each buzzer requires 2 AAA batteries, not included.
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£74.95
5 minute Giant Sand Timer Stool
This enormous stylish 5 minute sand timer stools acts as a seat and timing device! Just like a standard egg timer, it is simply rotated to set the sand flowing through the device and to time events.
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£9.99
5 minutes Sand Timer
Virtually indestructible sand timers with moulded end caps and thick wall surrounds.
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£8.95
5 Pack Ultra Pencil Grips
A carefully researched design of larger, softer and more comfortable pencil grip, offering more control.
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£49.95
6 Pack Shaker Rattles
Babies and toddlers love playing with these delightful shakers. Use for free play, treasure baskets or as an accompaniment to songs and rhymes. Made from Pine wood and acrylic.
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£54.95
6 Pack Special Needs Sand Timer Kit
This pack of 6 Large Sand Timers with moulded end caps and thick surrounding walls are durable enough for the classroom, clinic or home. For easy identification each timer is colour coded and they’re perfect for use in games, timing experiments and as a behavioural tool.
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£9.19
60 Minute Jumbo Timer
Bright colours, large displays, and audio and visual cues combine to keep your child on time!
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£18.49
A Visual Timetable Wall Hanging
Create a visual timetable to help organise a child's day with this handy wall hanging
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£17.99
A4 Sized Mirrors - 10 Pack
A fantastic value Set of 10, A4 sized plastic mirrors. These can be used with self adhesive backing so can be set in place if required on a wall or within an sensory room.
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£16.99
AbiliGrip Adapted Foam Grips Pack of 12
Abili Grips enable children with motor difficulty or a weak grip to hold just about any object,from pencils to knifes and forks or even paint brushes, these are an life enhancing and skill developing tool
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£6.95
All About Me  Family Counters 24 Pack
This multi-tasking family helps reinforce maths themes and social development Promote social and emotional development with the All About Me range.
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£17.99
All About Me  Family Counters Tub
This multi-tasking family helps reinforce maths themes and social development Promote social and emotional development with the All About Me range.
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£22.99
All About Me 2 in 1 Mirrors
Promote social and emotional development with the All About Me range.
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£16.49
All About Me Mirror Boards Pack of 4
Children study themselves and their emotions in the mirror before drawing the facial features on the reverse
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£274.99
Alphabet Learning Puppet Set
The soft cuddly puppets have an upper and lower case letter sewn on the front so children will learn to associate each character with a letter.
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£13.95
Alphabet Mirror Set
Made from tough double sided acrylic mirror and using a clear lower case font these numbers and letters are perfect to handle draw around and play with.
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£59.99
Alphabet Puppet Man
Alphabet Man is a comprehensive and versatile teaching tool, designed to help children learn and understand the alphabet. He introduces each letter of the alphabet in a detailed and ordered way, together with letter sounds, in a memorable and fun fashion.
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£379.99
Alphabet Square Cushion Set
The alphabet square cushion set is designed to offer a set of soft cushions that are targeted to be an aid to literacy lessons for curriculum development.
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£69.99
Anger is not for me Puppet Set
Suitable for anger management, being a good sport) This set is a simple, entertaining way to teach children about how to deal with others. Roger Referee is a fun character who can be used even outside of the scripts to encourage children that obeying the rules is the best way to have fun
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£44.95
Animal Puppets Set of 6
The puppets enable good interaction opportunities to be created between peers and between children and teacher. Each puppet has its own unique character and design. A hanging loop enables them to be tidied away easily.
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£16.95
Animals Jungle Counters
Unique, attractive counters combine modern design and colours for early maths fun!
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£15.00
Answer Buzzers pack of 4
Get Children actively engaged! “Game-show buzzers” turn any lesson into a game. Four different colors and fun sounds— horn honk, boxing bell, doorbell and boing!
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£31.95
Answer Lights
These answer lights come in a set of 4 and have provided tons of excitement to many different classroom activities.
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£4.99
Applied behavior analysis program
Ever wanted to try a Applied behaviour analysis program and didnt know what it is or how to get going? This disc provides everything you need to get the program up and running and hopefully make a real diffrence to you and your childs lifestyle.
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£4.49
Aqua Spiral
Turn over the Super colourful Aqua Spiral and watch the liquid motion effect come to life with a mulitple colour changing effect.
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£12.95
Assorted Pack of 4 Puppets
A delightful set of 4 cuddly puppets which children will love
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£33.99
Attention Tracker
Create timed tasks and manage time in a non-intrusive manner with the Attention Tracker..
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£1.99
Autism Bracelet Proud Parent
Autism Awareness Stretchy Silicone Gel Bracelet is blue, says “I am a proud Autism Parent”,Stretches very well and fits comfortably.
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£1.99
Autism Bracelet-Autism Parent
 Autism Awareness Stretchy Silicone Gel Bracelet which says either of the following Autism Mum,Or Autism Dad, dependant on the style you choose.
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£25.00
Baby Puppet
Baby puppet wrapped in snuggle blanket,make this the perfect way to talk about new babies being born, or welcoming a new baby to the family, or just enjoy the world of make believe
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£184.99
Back to Nature Chloe Caterpillar Outdoor Play Mat
This fun 3 x 2m mat features a giant alphabet caterpillar and numeracy ladybirds. Great for cross-curricular use.
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£152.99
Back to Nature Counting Ladybird Carpets
24 x round bug carpets ideal for classroom floor soft seating activities like reading and group play.
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£184.99
Back to Nature Giant Alphabet Caterpillar Carpet
A colourful caterpillar shaped placement carpet is great for reading areas or just a bright addition to the classroom or nursery.
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£189.99
Back to Nature Ladybird Carpet
This highly colourful ladybird shaped placement carpet is great for reading areas or just a bright addition to the classroom or nursery environment.
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£142.99
Back to Nature Ladybird Cushions
A fun and cuddly cushion set which is ideal for nursery and play school.
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£309.99
Back to Nature Square Bug Placement Carpet
This colourful rug will brighten up any nursery or classroom. The size makes it ideal for dividing up space or creating themed areas for movement or music. Manufactured from extra thick, washable pile with a non-slip backing. 
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£12.99
Backyard Bugs Set of 72
Back Pack Bear counters come in 3 sizes and weights, and 6 colours. Ideal for counting, sorting, weighing, creating patterns and using with simple mathematical processes (adding, subtracting, dividing or multiplying).
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£14.94
Bean Bag Throwing Mat
The child throws a bean bag or something similar on to the mat and has to make a word beginning with the letters it landed on.
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£16.99
Bear Family Counter Rainbow Set of 96
Back Pack Bear counters come in 3 sizes and weights, and 6 colours. Ideal for counting, sorting, weighing, creating patterns and using with simple mathematical processes (adding, subtracting, dividing or multiplying).
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£5.99
Bee-Bot Kit
Bring Bee-Bot to life with our innovative Bee-Bot Talking mat: make him talk, sing or trigger moving models as he makes his around the mat.
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£329.99
Beech Computer Desk-Double
The quality double computer desks feature space for storing a tower unit, under counter shelf, pull-out keyboard drawer, monitor shelf with access for cable management.
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£58.99
Big Head Puppet Set-Boys and Girls
Set of 4 puppets. Happy and sad boy and happy and sad girl.
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£44.95
Big Points 6 Pack
Big-Point is ideal for speaking and listening, records and plays back 30 seconds of sound. The large size is ideal for children with visual or motor skill impairments. 6 vibrant colours.
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£44.95
Birdie Puppet Set
Set of 6. All these hand puppets are child size, but can still be operated by a teacher. 6 different colours with varying features.
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£75.99
Boys Clothes Jumbo Puzzle
Each puzzle has large tactile pieces, ideal for small hands, that fit together snugly and securely. Designed to be used alone or by several children at once, our Jumbo-puzzles are ideal for the learning of key formative skills and the stimulation and development of children’s imagination.  
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£1.49
Bubble Liquid Timer
The liquid timers have a reservoir at both ends in which the coloured liquid drips into when the liquid timer is turned over
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£14.49
Bucket Full Of Anger Management
Get rid of those ‘Grrrrrrr’ moments with this bucket full of top tips and techniques to help children deal with difficult situations.
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£139.99
Bucket Full of Powerful Puppets
Your complete kit for exploring personal development skills with a great collection of character puppets, all stored in great big storage bucket
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£99.99
Bullying Puppet Set
suitable for dealing with bullies, courage and friendship) This set comes with two separate plays and groups of puppets to teach children about two different types of bullies:
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£183.99
Bumble Bee Carpet
Part of the Back to Nature collection, our Bumble Bee Shaped Indoor Carpet is fantastic for ready and play areas. Features a crease resistant unique Rhombus anti-skid Dura Latex safety backing. The tightly bound edges prevent fraying and it has been laboratory rub tested to heavy duty standards.
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£27.99
Car Roadway Playmat
Designed for very young children. This mat is tractor shaped. It illustrates different aspects of the farming environment. Playmats are printed on 100% polyester surface with a rubber anti-slip backing
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£24.99
Carry around Timer Kit
Set of 5 colour-coordinated larger timers perfect for teachers or therapists, all the sand timers come supplied in a handy carry case perfect for moving around.
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£254.99
Cars and Alphabet and Numbers Rug
Bright and attractive play rugs to help your children learn the alphabet and numbers in a fun playful way. A novel approach to teaching colours, shapes and letters in a way that appeals to children
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£97.99
Chatter Tracker
Classroom too noisy? The Chatter Tracker will help you to keep the noise level low. Using a traffic light method, as the noise gets louder the lights move from green to amber to red. When the light turns red a siren goes off to indicate that the noise is too loud - the siren stops as the noise in the room lowers. 
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£75.99
Chefs Jumbo Puzzle
Each puzzle has large tactile pieces, ideal for small hands, that fit together snugly and securely. Designed to be used alone or by several children at once, our Jumbo-puzzles are ideal for the learning of key formative skills and the stimulation and development of children’s imagination.  
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£5.19
Chew Buddy Pencil Pack of 2 Green
Our brand new multi functional Chewbuddy Tubes made from medical grade material. A set of 2 Tubes are included in each pack - one smooth and one with tactile nodules for sensory feedback.
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£9.99
Chew Pencil Toppers Star and Train Pack of 2
The use of this product decreases exposure to dangerous chemicals, is safe for teeth, is socially acceptable, is allowed in classrooms, increases attention, lowers anxiety, and has been proven to increase concentration skills in children constantly seeking sensory input.
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£7.99
Chew Stixx Blue
Chew Stixx combines multiple food simulating textures into one cost-effective chew
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£7.99
Chew Stixx Ice Flavour
Chew Stixx combines multiple food simulating textures and taste into one cost-effective chew
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£5.19
Chewbuddy Tubes-pack of 2 Blue
Our brand new multi functional Chewbuddy Tubes made from medical grade material. A set of 2 Tubes are included in each pack - one smooth and one with tactile nodules for sensory feedback.
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£5.19
Chewbuddy Tubes-pack of 2 Green
Our brand new multi functional Chewbuddy Tubes made from medical grade material. A set of 2 Tubes are included in each pack - one smooth and one with tactile nodules for sensory feedback.
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£5.19
Chewbuddy Tubes-pack of 2 Purple
Our brand new multi functional Chewbuddy Tubes made from medical grade material. A set of 2 Tubes are included in each pack - one smooth and one with tactile nodules for sensory feedback.
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£12.99
Child safety alarm
The item comes a with wristband can be put on child's wrist and be locked by the key, so it's very safe and can not simply be pulled off by the child.
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£129.99
Classroom Break Box
The complete kit is filled with our some of our best sensory solutions, our Break Boxes help kids channel their energy and regulate emotions.
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£10.49
Claw Pencil Grip Pack of 6
When using the CLAW, students can focus on good handwriting rather than the mechanics of holding the pencil. The result is an efficient pencil grasp and improved handwriting!
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£24.95
Clear Writing Slope
This fabulous Writing Slope enables children to work and write at the optimum angle. Encouraging good handwriting practice. A classroom essential!
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£75.99
Clown Jumbo Puzzle
Each puzzle has large tactile pieces, ideal for small hands, that fit together snugly and securely. Designed to be used alone or by several children at once, our Jumbo-puzzles are ideal for the learning of key formative skills and the stimulation and development of children’s imagination.  
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£14.95
Colour Caterpillars
Help kids master their motor skills with this fun caterpillar game. Little ones can assemble critters using plastic, pull-apart pieces, which feature colours. These enable youngsters to learn colours, vocabulary, and more.
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£12.99
Combi-Pack Pencil Grips
This pack of 12 grips contains one of each of our different kinds of pencil grips and will enable you to check which best suits your needs.
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£3.95
Comfort Pencil Grips
Made in soft foam this grip provides a comfortable and secure grip for small or less able fingers.
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£9.49
Cross-guard Ultra Pencil Grip Pack of 5
This version of the Ultra Pencil Grip has a special finger guard to hold the fingers in the correct position and prevent them from crossing over
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£15.00
Daily Schedule Chart
Display the daily schedule for all to see and with the use of visual aids make the day easier for children to understand and cope with.
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£29.95
Design and Drill BrightWorks
Activate their creativity with imaginative play. Colourful bolts and realistic tools will inspire little ones to delight in their independent learning of key skills. Children will feel grown up using the ‘real’ working tools and get a wonderful “I did it!” feeling every time they screw in a new bolt or complete a design. Activities will develop colour recognition, counting and motor skills as children learn to follow instructions.
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£14.49
Desk Buddy Fidget
If your child constantly fidgets in his or her desk, or at home while doing homework, the Desk Buddy Sensory Bar is for them.
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£79.99
Desk Timers Starter Kit 6 pack
This kit is ideal for setting time limits for activities and keeping children with concentration difficulties focused on the task.
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£3.49
Desktop Bell
There are so many uses for this indispensable item! With the ring of this desk bell, teachers can mark the beginning and end of turn taking, quiet time, study periods, and multiple games!
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We supply a fantastic range of products such as PECS systems and a fantastic range of electronic Pecs systems which allow you and your child to communicate on the move.

From traditional Pecs systems through to the latest Pecs system we have a great variety of special needs communication products.

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