A key part of SEN-den’s mission, and what makes us unique, is how we work in partnership with therapists and other professionals who can provide specialist support to our families. Why is this such an important aspect of our work?

Many of our children are no longer eligible for NHS specialist support on an individual basis, and most families we meet cannot afford private therapies, which are often upwards of £50 / hour. So as an example, a family would typically be looking to pay £700 (or more) for a course of 10 sessions with a Speech and Language Therapist. For a detailed assessment of their child’s needs, which is the usual starting point for a course of therapy, a family could pay up to £300. So the cost of the overall package comes to £1000. Moreover, it is not uncommon for a child to need additional packages of support, from the same, or other private therapists.

While these hourly rates recognise the highly specialist skills of the therapist, they unfortunately outprice many of the families we work with. However these families are looking for additional specialist support to complement their child’s EHCP (statutory provision at nursery or school), to give their children the best chance of being prepared for adulthood and realising their full potential, whatever that might be.

If you are a qualified NHS or private therapist, or other autism professional, that can offer specialist information and support to our families in an innovative, community setting, then please read through our position statement below.

Still interested? If you’re appropriately qualified, DBS checked, community-spirited and “can-do” then we’d love to hear from you! Please get in touch via or alternatively complete the contact form on this page and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.