Parent Drop In and Support Groups

Are you worried about your child’s mental health or distressed behaviours? Do you feel that your child is shying away from others and is somehow different from their peers? Has your child recently received an autism diagnosis and you would like to know more about the autistic spectrum? Do you have concerns about your child’s education and don’t know who to approach to address these issues? Do you feel overwhelmed by talk of One Plans, EHCPs, Annual Reviews and lengthy waits for diagnosis and mental health support? We may not have all the answers, but we will try out best to help, or signpost you to someone that can.

Come and join us on-line (via Zoom) for a chat with other Essex SEN parents. We’re a friendly bunch, who sometimes need to offload and are passionate about supporting other parents on their journey. Sometimes we have guest speakers along to offer expert advice and answer your questions. Please check out our page for the list of future meeting dates. It’s totally free, but you have to supply your own refreshments, within your own house!

All of our volunteers are parents of neurodiverse children (autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, OCD, PDA, etc.) and have been through a variety of challenges. They are all able to lend a sympathetic and non-judgemental ear and share some valuable information and experience. We will try to work out our problems together, you are not alone.

Please note that none of our volunteers are trained counsellors, but they are there to listen and will try their best to help you. All conversations will remain confidential and no personal information will be passed on to anyone outside of the Takiwatanga circle.