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Ten of the best – SEN resources

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We pick our top ten SEN resources

1. Time Tracker® Visual Timer & Clock


This simple device makes timekeeping fun and will help teach children about managing time. It is easily programmable and lighted sections alert them to the time left for completing a task, along with sound effects. Learning Resources. Tel 0845 2410484 or visit

2. Wheelchair


Promote an understanding and awareness of physical disability and wheelchair use, with this doll’s wheelchair. The main frame is made from a strong alloy material, and the seat and back is from tough canvas. The wheels move freely. Hope Education. Tel 08451 20 20 55 or visit

3. Soft Piano Tiles


Children can play the soft piano keys with their hands or their feet. For children at a more advanced stage, the notes are colour- and number-coded to play simple tunes. A great sensory resource that can help improve motor control. Eduzone. Tel 08456 445 556 or visit

4. Learn to Sign with Olli


This book features Olli, the signing monkey. It includes colourful and expressive photographs of children signing basic, everyday vocabulary. The vocabulary is then woven into four illustrated stories featuring Olli and his family. Forest Books. Tel 01594 833 858 or visit

5. Looking after Louis


This brilliant book by Lesley Ely introduces children to autism in a way that is easy to understand. It tells the story of Louis, who is different to the other children. However, through kindness, and imagination, they find a way to include him in their games. Frances Lincoln. Tel 020 72844009 or visit

6. Singing Hands Volumes 1 & 2

£45.00 for both

These two signed songbooks were produced in conjunction with Makaton Vocabulary Development Project (MVDP). Each book contains a collection of 30 songs. Singing Hands. Tel 020 8892 2636 or visit

7. The Time to Talk Game


Get the children talking and interacting with this clever board-game which teaches social skills; listening; turn taking; asking and answering questions; and understanding feelings. Interesting and educational. LDA. Tel 0845 120 4776 or visit

8. Catching Butterflies


This toy is perfect for developing hand-eye coordination, and is great fun! One child puts toy butterflies on the end of the board, another child stamps on the other end and a third child uses a net to try to catch them. Little Nut Tree Toys. Call 0844 800 8574 or visit

9. Calming Creature


The beneficial effects of stroking a pet are well documented. Now you can include this in your setting without any hygiene issues. This realistic ‘breathing’ puppy is useful for situations where a child may need to calm down. TTS Group. Call 0800 318 686 or visit

10. Rainbow Sound Blocks


These colourful blocks are filled with different materials which make a variety of sounds. They are excellent for sorting and matching by colour or sound, as well as associating sounds with size and quantity. Eduzone. Tel 08456 445 556 or visit



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