Social success & emotional health
for children and young people

The centre for social learning empowers children and adolescents by teaching
them the skills and developing their confidence to achieve their social and emotional potential.

A Little Of Our Story

About Us

The Centre for Social Learning was established in 2010 to provide children and young adults the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to regulate emotions, feel and show empathy for others and build and maintain positive relationships. Extensive research shows a positive correlation between the skills and interventions practiced at the centre and improvements in behavior, academic achievement and positive life choices.

Based in North Manchester we provide Autism support, speech and language therapy, social/emotional/behavioural and play therapy services for children and young people with additional needs. These needs may include; autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit disorders, emotional and behavioural problems and speech/language/communication difficulties. We are an interdisciplinary team providing a variety of treatment options. We do not currently provide formal diagnoses for autism spectrum disorders or ADHD. We do however provide information and guidance on how to access these services either through the NHS or privately.

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Our people

Meet our dedicated team


Extensive research shows a positive correlation between the skills and interventions practiced at the centre and improvements in behavior, academic achievement and positive life choices.

Social Skills Therapy

Speech And Language Therapy

Play Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Social Skills Groups

School Based Intervention

Teachers Training

Child-Parent Relationship


We specialise in supporting children and young people who struggle to communicate in a way that is socially appropriate, safe and effective. We use a range of evidence-based strategies and interventions to maximise every child’s social competence.

Social skills therapy aims for peer group inclusion. The training is a combination of cognitive-behavioural and social learning. It focuses on encouraging attitudes and behaviours which enhance positive social interactions (i.e. prosocial behaviour); and building coping strategies for dealing with peer pressure and bullying. Throughout the sessions, basic social skills are also taught, depending upon the specific social area the child struggles with.


Speech-language therapy addresses challenges with language and communication. It can help people with social communication deficits improve their verbal, nonverbal, and social communication. The overall goal is to help the person communicate in more useful and functional ways. 

Children and young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties often have underlying language difficulties; difficulty understanding and expressing themselves verbally. Our Speech and Language therapists identify these language difficulties and provide intervention enabling them to understand those around them and promote self-expression.


Children can struggle to find the words to express their thoughts, feelings and concerns. Play therapy is a non-directive intervention which uses play as a medium to process social, emotional and behavioural difficulties as well as upsetting life experiences. The therapist helps the child understand what has happened and develop coping skills to manage themselves in their environment.


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), is a well-researched talking therapy which can be an effective treatment for a range of emotional health concerns in young people. CBT explores the link between our thoughts, feelings and actions.  The therapist and child work towards addressing unhelpful thoughts and changing unwanted patterns of behaviour. Evidence shows that effective CBT can successfully treat anger management issues, anxiety, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder among other things.


Social Skills Group Therapy comprises of small groups of three to six children. Children are grouped by age and ability and intervention includes interactive group activities aimed at developing skills and confidence based on each child’s strengths and weaknesses within a supportive peer environment. Sessions take place weekly for 8-weeks for an hour to 1 1/2 hours. Each 8-week course includes a parent feedback session. All groups are led by 1 professional and 1 assistant. Social skills groups are generally appropriate for children with difficulties in the following areas: autism spectrum disorders, social anxiety, ADHD and other social or behavioural difficulties.


We provide specialist teaching for whole classes addressing class dynamics, bullying issues, social skills, building self-awareness/self-esteem and promoting class cohesion.


We provide bespoke INSET/PAD days to increase staff awareness of social, emotional and behavioural development and associated difficulties. Once a year we run training sessions for teachers. This course offers the knowledge, skills and understanding for a teacher to integrate and embed social skills training into his/her general teaching routine.


Our parenting courses run twice yearly and consist of 8 weekly 2 hour sessions.



Initial consultations & assessments


1hour-1.5 hours



Therapy sessions 


based on the intervention and  individual therapist
45/50 minute session



  • Review meetings
  •  School observation  
  • Multi-agency meetings


 45/50 minute session



Social skills groups


per child per session

Work for us

Our associate therapists are self-employed and provide work to the Centre for Social Learning on a sessional basis. Therapists must be fully qualified and members of the appropriate professional body. Please apply by CV and covering letter or email. The Centre is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Our application includes enhanced DBS checks.

We are currently looking to recruit:

  • Play Therapist
  • Autism support professional
  • Speech and Language therapist specializing in social communication disorders
  • Clinical/Educational Psychologist (specialising in children and young people)
  • Family Therapist
  • Dramatherapist
  • Child and Adolescent Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
  • Art Psychotherapist
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We work collaboratively offering an individualised treatment plan to enable best outcomes

for children & their families.

For more information and details on how to book a consultation please contact us on
94 Kings Road,
M25 0FY
07851 868 322

We accept both self and professional referrals by email or phone.