In The Loop


.... 2019 ....


        After a successful 2018 Project in two North London SEN Schools,    

Please check back for new "Hand and Sky" Schools projects starting in Spring 2019. 

Children and Carers 


In association with 


"HAND AND SKY: Magical Journeys"

Presently supported by 

"Awards For All" 


*Individual weekly sessions with children with PMLD and/or Autism

together with training for their Learning Assistants in: 

Therapeutic Touch, Music and Story-Telling

*A Cultural Event with Music for participating Children, Staff and Parents from both schools at the end of the Project.


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 Program

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.

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

*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    

*Richard Cloudesley School, Islington: April 2018-December 2018

*Swiss Cottage School, Camden: April 2018-December 2018


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