Buds@Express is a small structured Parent/Carer and Child group for autistic preschoolers, including those who may not yet have a diagnosis. Activities are based on the highly-regarded Attention Autism programme, focusing on attention, communication and play development through clear structure, engaging activities and plenty of sparkle!

The group is led by Sue Goldman, an experienced Specialist Teacher (Autism) and Early Years Professional.
Sessions run for 1 hour on Wednesday and Friday mornings at express for blocks of 5 weeks each half-term and continue throughout the school year. Express CIC support this project and have donated the space to help lower ticket costs for attendees. 
For more information, details of cost and to book please contact Sue via www.suegoldman.co.uk

Small Steps was founded in 1998 to provide specialist help and support to parents with physically disabled children. At Small Steps, pre-school children work on all areas of their development, using the principles of conductive education. Children attending Small Steps sessions have cerebral palsy, other forms of motor impairment, syndromes or sensory impairment.

Preschool and daycare for children with complex medical needs groups 

Little Chasers, Little Sparklers and Sparkle Day Care are run by Shooting Star Chase Hospice. 

Due to the complexity of medical needs, finding a suitable preschool is a challenge for the families of children with life-limiting conditions. Sparkle Day Care offers a structured multi-sensory curriculum for preschool age children and follows the Early Years Foundation programme to ensure that each child has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

The children’s progress is documented, ensuring that all planned activities are appropriate for each individual child’s needs. We also keep a scrap book for each child containing their art work, photos and achievements.

Preschool groups – Little Chasers and Little Sparklers

As well as day care, we offer two preschool groups; Little Sparklers, run at our Hampton hospice and Little Chasers, which takes place at our Guildford hospice.  These groups are for parents and their children to attend together.

Often, because of their complex care needs, the children we support do not have access to standard toddler groups. Little Sparklers and Little Chasers groups allow the children and their families a sense of normality and the opportunity to experience things other children get to experience.

It enables them to become familiar with being at the hospices and be introduced to and experience socialising with other families we support and also provides the opportunity for parents to make use of the complementary therapy service offered.

Sessions vary each time – from sensory and communication sessions, and visits from the Pets as Therapy (PAT) dog, to music and art therapy, and even sessions in the hydrotherapy pool.

Tuesday Special Club is a support and activity group for parents and children aged 0 - 5 years with disabilities.

Come and enjoy a morning of fun and activities for your child and a coffee and chat for you. Includes ‘Sing and Sign’ session
The Moor Lane Centre has a purpose built centre with a sensory area, soft play and accessible garden and playground.

Growbaby - Parenting children with sensory processing disorder is a course for parents and carers (3-part course).  Does your child have difficulties processing sensory information? Is parenting your sensory child challenging? 

Please call/email Tanya (tanya@van-dalen.net) on 07810643470 to discuss if this course is suitable for you.

Zakariyahs Friends is a new charity for children with special needs and their families. A weekly meet for children with special needs (aged 0 - 18 years) and their families. We offer advice and support and hold play sessions in a mosque and work hard to raise awareness in minority communities and promote equality for all. We also offer help with forms and advocate for families too.

Skylarks is an independent parent-led charity covering the Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames and surrounding areas, which aims to help children and young people with additional needs and their families.

They welcome children any additional needs and disabilities including autistic spectrum disorder, Down’s syndrome, hearing or visual impairment, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, ADHD and rare or undiagnosed syndromes. 

Yorda Playhouse and Forest Adventures - exclusive playhouse fun for all SEN children and forest session for children aged 1 - 5yrs with parents and carers

Marble Hill Inclusive Play Project

Age Range : 0-15 years

Running every Saturday morning throughout the year, the Inclusive Play Project offers children with disabilities or additional needs time to explore the Adventure Playground with their families.  No bookings are required and the sessions are completely free.