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PEP Talk (Parent empowerment programme)

The Emirates Stadium,
56 Benwell Road,
N7 7BA


Who we are:

PEPTalk is a series of group therapy sessions that aim to empower parents to use strategies that develop their child’s communication, language and learning everyday. It is suitable for children whose families are concerned about their child’s communication and learning development, for children waiting for assessments and for those with a diagnosis of Autism and other Special Educational Needs. 


PEP Talk is led by a Highly Specialised Speech and Language Therapist (SLT). Laura (SLT) is also a Qualified Teacher, Sensory Integration Therapist and Feeding Therapist with knowledge and expertise in Makaton Signing, PECS, Attention Autism, Toilet Training and Behaviour Management. Other professionals offering group sessions include an Occupational Therapist & a dually qualified Dance and Speech and Language Therapist.

What we do

The Programme

An initial consultation in which we can discuss your child's needs and work together to set targets.

5 x 45 minute small group sessions with each session focusing on a different theme essential for developing communication and learning skills. There will be a maximum of 6 children in the group. Children will learn in a specialised sensory environment.

A learning profile for your child which you can share with other professionals to provide them with information on how to support your child to learn and develop.

Parents will participate in sessions alongside their children. Each session will be led by a therapist with the support of a member of Arsenal in the Community and a Therapy Assstant. 

PEP Talk will empower you to use strategies to develop your child's skills everyday to support them to reach their maximum potential.

PEPTalk - Communicating through Music

In September 2019 Tiziana, a Music Therapist is leading PEPTalk - Communicating through Music. 

Music has been proven to improve social interactions, language, confidence, fine motor skills, concentration, problem solving and as a therapy to help aid specific learning needs.

Children's learning and development are achieved through enjoyable music activities to develop positive relationships between everyone taking part in the group.

The group sessions with Tiziana involve singing, movement, dancing, non-verbal and verbal communication, instruments but most of all, they are fun!

You can read more about Tiziana and her work here:

There are only 6 spaces available in each group so please contact us as soon as possible if you would like to book a space or to discuss your child, find out more and if appropriate register your interest in the PEPTalk Series.

Contact Laura: 

Record Last Updated on: 13/08/2019

Local Offer


Member of the following professional recognised national organisations:  

  • Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy
  • Health Professions Council
  • National College for Teaching and Leadership

Session leads will be registered with the Health Care Professions Council as Speech and Language Therapists or Occupational Therapists.

Session leads may also have qualifications in Sensory Integration, Dance Therapy and Play Therapy.

Session leads may also be qualified teachers registered with the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

Time / Date Details

Session Information

Dates and times will be arranged at different points throughout the year.
Each block runs for 5 consecutive weeks from the date of the first session.

Other Details


PEP Talk costs £50 for your child to receive 5 sessions of Highly Specialised Integrated Therapy and Education.
An initial consultation fee is £80.
This is a one off payment should you wish to attend more group sessions.
For children living in Hackney, the initial consultation fee is paid for by the Arsenal Foundation.

Who is eligible?

For children and families where there are concerns regarding communication, language and learning development. This includes children who:

  • Have a communication delay or disorder
  • Are waiting for an assessment or a diagnosis
  • Are waiting for therapy
  • Have a diagnosis of Autism
  • Have a diagnosis of a Special Eduational Need

Referral required?


Referral Details

Parents can self refer by contacting Laura at:

What to do if you have a complaint

If participants wish to make a complaint they are asked to put their comments in an email to:

Complaints will be responded to within 5 working days

How to Get Here

Local Bus Numbers: 259, 91, 41.

Overground: Highbury and Islington

Close to transport links on Holloway Road.

Piccadilly or Victoria line to Finsbury Park.

Overground to Highbury and Islington Station

Victoria line to Highbury and Islington Station.

Train services at Highbury and Islington have lift access.

On street parking in Islington and around the stadium. At request, it is possible to arrange parking at the stadium.

Disabled parking available on request. 

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