In The Loop


             ...The Sensory Hub...

For Children on the Autistic Spectrum and/or
with Complex Needs              


Tunings Program  


Suitable for children on the Autistic Spectrum and/or with motor issues, with optional training for Staff and Parents. For Early Year and Primary Age.

The program aims to draw a child’s interest through their whole body’s involvement, into spontaneous play and communication in weekly individual sessions:

1 It works with the small responses in a child’s breath, muscle tone and posture through the use of Therapeutic Touch to calm and stabilise a child.


2. It uses Sound-making and Music as a predictable pattern in which a child can feel more confident and in time can extend their interest into shared improvisations with the practitioner.

3. There are tactile objects, coloured fabric and small musical instruments available for the child to use in any way they wish.

4. The program values moments of quietness, stillness and pause in which a child can integrate their experience and self-regulate.

5. Relationship is valued as central to a child’s sense of security. It is allowed to grow in its own way and in time may be explored further through songs and stories.


             Touch Interaction Learning Trust Program (T-I-L-T)

Suitable for children with PMLD and Complex Medical Conditions, with optional training for Staff and Parents. From Early Year to Young Adult.

1 The program aims to work with the small responses in a child’s breath and muscle tone through the use of Therapeutic Touch.

2. The aim is to nurture a feeling of interest and connection in a Child in which they can participate by first easing discomfort, anxiety and pain.

3. To then gradually introduce Sound-making, Movement and Story-Telling.

4. Space is given to pass on simple techniques of Therapeutic Touch to LSAs where this can make a difference to the day to day connections and ongoing relationship they are able to make with a child under their care. 




Currently Tunings program is taking place at Tyssen School, Oldhill St, N.16 and T-I-L-T program is taking place at Side By Side School, Big Hill E.5

These programs can be arranged at any local School or Children's Centre or in the home of a child where a parent or carer would like to arrange this.

Schools and Children’s Centres that have participated in the Programs so far are:

*Side by Side Integrated Nursery School, Hackney: 1998-on-going

*Millfields Community School, Autistic Resource Base, Hackney: 2006-2009

*Christopher Place Specialist Children’s Centre, Euston: 2012-2014

*Tyssen School, Autistic Resource Provision, Hackney: 2015-2017

*The Garden School, Hackney Autumn 2017; Group session


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