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Sensory Processing Disorder Parent Support Group North East England

Does your child have meltdowns or fidget, lack concentration? Do they have feeding/sleep difficulties? Does your child dislike noises, touch, clothing or even school? Sensory processing difficulties (SPD) is not really recognised in the UK at this time although it is in America.  It generally affects children/adults who have Autism, ADHD, Dyspraxia etc.  A lot of parents will know their child suffers from sensory issues but not relate it to SPD and even in some cases put it down to 'naughty behaviour'.  

Why not come along to our parent support group? We are a friendly bunch and everyone is made to feel welcome. Sensory Processing Disorder Parent Support Group North East England have many members in the area. We operate through a closed Facebook page which is a vital communication link for our families. We post daily tips, arrange outings for our families and free sensory training for parents along with sibling workshops to help them understand their brother/sister's challenging behaviour. 

Meetings are approximately every 6 weeks and may at times have guest speakers or we take the children and their siblings to various activities to help with social interaction and of course, their sensory issues. Participation in activities is up to the individual and not mandatory for the group. There is no membership scheme as we are totally self-funded by gaining monies from grants. 

Please email for more information or to be added to the group.  

Who to contact

Contact Name
Dawn O'Hanlon
Contact Position
Admin 1

Where to go

Tree Tops Children's Occupational Therapy
Eldon Road
Aycliffe Business Park
Co Durham

We meet at Tree Tops Children's Occupational Therapy on Eldon which is opposite Crafter's Companion and adjacent to Aycliffe Decorative Supplies and Permoid. However, we do take the children and their families to various venues where we can help with their social skills, lack of self-esteem and sensory issues.  There is a car park and refreshments are always available.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Meetings vary from Monday - Friday approximately 7.00pm unless it is a children's activity.
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Other notes

Anyone can join our group as long as you are a family with needs.  When asking to join there are some questions to answer but this is just to protect our families in the closed group.

Local Offer

Contact Name
Dawn O'Hanlon
Contact Email

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