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Let’s celebrate occupational therapy!

This week – 3rd to 9th Nov – the UK’s 30,000 occupational therapists are celebrating Occupational Therapy Week 2013. Occupational therapy enables people to live more independent and rewarding lives and occupational therapists are the skilled professionals who help people achieve this goal. Occupational Therapy Week has made me reflect on the huge difference occupational […]

Where the people are the theatre

Orkid Ideas are proud to be co-sponsors of a new marketing banner for COTTON SHED, East Lancashire’s only inclusive theatre group. Cotton Shed was formed in 2007 as a part of a ‘shedlink’ scheme run by Chicken Shed, the hugely successful London-based inclusive theatre company. Cotton Shed shares the values of its London counterpart, offering […]

Good practice is good practice

Joanna Grace is a special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities consultant who writes educational resources and sensory stories for individuals with SEN. Recently Joanna successfully ran The Sensory Story Project, to create a set of self resourcing sensory stories that parents, as well as teachers, could afford to buy. Orkid Ideas are proud to have […]

ORganised KIDs – top tips for back to school

New uniform to buy, school shoes to get fitted, pencilcases galore in every shop – it’s that time of year again when our thoughts must inevitably turn to planning for the new school year. Last summer our own back to school preparations took on a whole new dimension. My autistic son Tomas faced the daunting […]

Putting the Tom in TomTag

The phrase ‘special needs’ is a very generic term. Children with special needs are not only different from their so called ‘normal’ peers but they are also different from one another. Each child with special needs presents with a unique profile of strengths and weaknesses. However a lack of organisational skills is the one challenge […]

Teach a child to pack for school

How do you teach a reluctant child how to pack their own bag with all the right things they need for the day ahead and to bring it all home again? Clare, whose own children learnt this important skill with TomTag, recommends the following simple steps: 1. Select one day when there are not many […]