“Takiwatanga” is the Maori word for autism and it means “In their own time and space”. 

Takiwatanga Support Services was originally set up by a group of parents of autistic children, as a way to provide support to others seeking a kind, non-judgemental space, to discuss their problems and gain help with all the red tape restricting their child’s access to the services they need. Our trustees now include a children’s Occupational Therapist, a Primary School Teacher, an FA registered Football Coach and a variety of other professionals and parents of SEN children.

There are a variety of ways in which we provide support to parents/carers, including virtual and in-person support groups, walking groups and more detailed requests for help via our Request for Parent Support form.

Takiwatanga also run activity sessions for autistic children and those with social anxiety and/or sensory issues, centred around providing a calm space for the children to make friends, develop life skills and learn how to recognise and regulate their emotions.

Our sessions take place within Wickford, but we welcome parents and children from anywhere in Essex to come along. Children do not need a formal diagnosis to access our services.