“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.

Our Parent Support Groups run once a month and parents can choose to join the group chat or book a 1:1 appointment with one of our volunteers to discuss their issues in depth.

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 social skills and learn how to recognise and regulate 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.