Child with additional support needs

Does your child have special needs, or do you have concerns about your child’s development? This section has some useful information about special needs conditions as well as support organizations that can be of help in and around Aberdeen.

Baby/toddler groups

Attending your first mother & toddler session can be quite a stressful experience, and if your little one has additional support needs, it can feel even more difficult. Listed below are some baby& toddler groups in and around Aberdeen. Some are aimed at children with additional support needs, and others are for children of all abilities. All of them are really fun!

TinyTalk Baby Sign

  • Ruthrieston West Church, Broomhill Rd, Aberdeen
  • Guide Hut, King George V Park, Banchory

Contact Alison 07751075300 or

Baby Yoga

Queens Cross Church, Aberdeen, Kintore Public Hall, School Road, Kintore

Contact Judy Cameron 01464 820346

FunHouse Special needs play & support group

Ferryhill Community Centre, Ferryhill, Aberdeen,

Contact: Katie Begg
Telephone: 07967430079

A monthly support and play group for families with babies and toddlers 0-5 who have additional/support needs. A chance for parents to chat and our special little tots and their siblings to have a play

Rainbow Rogues – A supported Toddler Group

Rainbow Rogues is a group in Ellon attended by parents with very young children who have a disability.  The group meets at Esslemont School, approx 2 miles from the centre of Ellon.  Sessions are held on a Tuesday & Thursday morning from 9.30-11.30 am with parents remaining with their children for the duration of the session.  The group is facilitated and funded by Surestart, and staffed by a Community Learning Worker and three experienced play workers.

Contact: Sally Sheehan

Telephone – 01358729237/07591519493

Support Groups

Family Support

Home-Start Aberdeen

25 Greenfern Road, Aberdeen, AB16 6TS,

Telephone: 01224 693 545

Supports young families throughout City of Aberdeen and is committed to promoting the welfare of families with at least one child under 5 years of age. Volunteers offer support, friendship & practical help to families under stress in their own homes. Volunteers usually visit once a week and can help in a number of ways – listening ear, allowing parents an hour to themselves or help with transportation.

Visually impaired support

RNIB Scotland

12-14 Hillside Crescent, Edinburgh, EH7 5EA

Contact: Education and Family Services Administrator
Telephone: 0131 652 3140

RNIB Scotland is the leading charity working with blind and partially sighted people in Scotland.

As a membership organisation we are dedicated to delivering services our members need and campaigning for their civil and welfare rights. We support children and adults with sight loss to live full and independent lives.

Hearing Difficulties Support

Grampian Deaf Childrens Society

60 Highfield Walk, Turiff, Aberdeenshire AB53 4LG

Contact: Jim Neish – Chairperson
Telephone: 07881783459

Grampian Deaf Children’s Society (GDCS) is a local registered charity, affiliated to the National Deaf Children’s Society. We provide information and advice on all aspects of childhood deafness to the families of deaf children. We include all deaf children, with a wide range of hearing impairment from mild to profound, those with hearing aids, those with cochlear implants, and temporary deafness.

Grampian Deaf Children’s Society also provides support to families of newly diagnosed deaf children. More than 80% of deaf children are born to families with no history of deafness. These families need a sympathetic ear and practical help in coming to terms and dealing with their child’s disability.

Many of our local deaf children are in mainstream schools and may never meet other deaf children. This can lead to them being socially isolated. A large part of our work is the organisation of events that allow the children to meet and establish links with a deaf peer group.

Deafblind Scotland

21 Alexandra Avenue, Lenzie, Glasgow, G66 5BG

Telephone: 0141 777 6111

The National Deaf Children’s Society is the national charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people. The organisation provides emotional and practical support through its helpline, support workers and services and through its website and publications.

NDCS hosts residential courses throughout the UK for families with deaf children who have been newly diagnosed as well as lots of other events and information days.

Down Syndrome support

Down Syndrome Scotland

158/160 Balgreen Road,, Edinburgh,

Telephone: 0131 3134225

Aims to improve quality of life for everyone with Down’s Syndrome.

Epilepsy support

Epilepsy Action Scotland

48 Govan Road, Glasgow,

Telephone: Helpline: 0808 800 2200

Epilepsy Scotland helpline staff are available Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm and until 6pm on Thursdays (excluding local and national holidays). The freephone confidential helpline, will not appear on telephone bills

Cerebral Palsy support

Scottish Centre for Children with Motor Impairments

The Craighalbert Centre
1 Craighalbert Way
G68 0LS

T: 01236 456100


Education, therapy and support for children and families across Scotland affected by cerebral palsy and similar conditions that cause motor impairments.

Bowen Therapy

Chelsea House, 30 West High Street Inverurie AB51 3QQ

Contact : Jan Mathers, 014676 24888

Support & Advice

This a poem written by a mother. It is an excellent way for parents of a child with Special needs to get across how they feel to others.

When you’re going to have a baby, it’s like planning a fabulous vacation trip to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum, the Sistine Chapel, Gondolas. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It’s all very exciting. After several months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, “Welcome to Holland!” “Holland?” you say. “What do you mean, Holland? I signed up for Italy. I’m supposed to be in Italy. All my life I’ve dreamed of going to Italy.” But there’s been a change in the flight plan. They’ve landed in Holland and there you must stay. The important thing is that they haven’t taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place full of pestilence, famine, and disease. It’s just a different place. So, you must go out and buy new guidebooks. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met. It’s just a different place. It’s slower paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you’ve been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around. You begin to notice that Holland has windmills. Holland has tulips. And Holland even has Rembrandts. But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy, and they’re all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life you will say, “Yes, that’s where I was supposed to go. That’s what I had planned.” And the pain of that experience will never, ever, ever, go away. The loss of that dream is a very significant loss. But if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn’t get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things about Holland.

– Emily Pearl Kingsley