Who are SCILL?

We are a group of parents and professionals who share a common interest in the difficulties experienced by some children as they develop through their early years and then move through the education system. Sometimes these diffuculties can feel like you are up against a brick wall. 

SCILL is run by a committee of volunteers supported by a part-time administrator. If you are interested in becoming more involved with the running of SCILL then please get in touch as we welcome new committee members.

What do we do?

In partnership with parents/carers, education professionals, health professionals and other agencies we aim to:

– Increase awareness and understanding of various difficulties and thier impact on children’s progress

– Highlight practical strategies which can help make learning easier for children so that each child with additional support needs can be helped to reach their full potential.

How do we do this?

We support our members by holding coffee mornings, evening meetings, workshops and presentations. Members also have access to our extensive library of books which cover subjects such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, autistic spectrum disorders, anxiety, attention deficit disorders, teaching strategies, psychology and anger management. We hold weekly swimming and dancing lessons for children with ASN and individual sessions for children with ASN and their siblings.

We encourage people interested in our activities to become members. Membership of SCILL is free and on joining you can select which communications you wish to receive from us. Most members chose to be emailed our newsletters which contain information on our events, useful information and details of other activities, products or strategies that our members want to share. One-off children’s activities such as sessions at transition extreme climbing wall are very popular and details are emailed to members.

Our part-time administrator’s post is funded by the Robertson Trust and the Miss Agnes H Hunter Trust. Our children’s activities are supported by funding from the STV Children’s Appeal.

For Adults

Enjoy chatting to other members over a cup of coffee and browse our extensive library of books. These sessions are held monthly in Banchory and are a chance to speak to others dealing with similar issues.

We understand that many parents/carers and professionals are at work through the day so we also offer evening support sessions.

In our workshops we explore ways to help in more detail with groups of 8-20 people. Past workshops have included supporting maths skill development, dyslexia, emotional literacy and anger management.

We invite professionals to give presentations to audiences of up to 200 people. Last year we had presentations on supporting children with poor mental health, exam preparation and supporting children with sensory processing difficulties.

Activities for Children with ASN

We offer dancing lessons at a slower pace and with more repetition for children with additional support needs.

We offer one-to-one and small group swimming lessons for children with additional support needs.

Each term we offer other activities such as visits to the climbing wall at Transition Extreme or visits to Cocoa Ooze for children with ASN and their siblings. Members are emailed when activities are available.


We have an extensive library of books which are free for our members to borrow.