In this section you will find a list of support services for parents of an Autistic child and neurodivergent parents.

Autism Resources

Books & Guides for Parents

Facebook Groups for Parents


Action for Children

Find parenting advice and support in a way that works for you - online or in person.

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Autistic Parents UK

Offer a range of services to Autistic parents including online peer support groups (larger and smaller groups), monthly webinars and live Q&A sessions, monthly book giveaways, local peer support groups, volunteer-led one to one peer support sessions.

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Child First Plus 

Provide a Parenting Together Support Programme to help families in need of support to resolve/manage conflict in their relationship.  

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One stop shop for advice for families with disabled children. Offers guidance on benefits and tax credits, education, diagnosis and health services, family support, preparing for adulthood, and other financial help, work and childcare.

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Family Lives 

Family Lives offers a confidential and free helpline service for families in England and Wales. They can provide emotional support, information, advice and guidance on any aspect of parenting and family life.

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Children’s Disabilities Information 

Essential resources and information for parents of children with disabilities and special needs. Hundreds of articles, over 20 years of online support from and for professionals and parents.

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Home Start 

Help and support for parents and families such as accessing local services, free confidential support, home visits, group support, sharing experiences, and managing money.

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Supports parents, carers and guardians who are experiencing Child to Parent abuse (including those with adult offspring).

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Community 360 

Provide support to families which include school-aged children and young people aged 8-19 years (25 SEND). Aims of the service- positive family relationships, behaviour choices that promote safety and wellbeing, and support to socially connected with peers and the community.

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Dream Box Education 

Provide 1:1 family support for Autistic children and their families living in West Essex.

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Extra Support for Families

Support for Families is here to help anyone caring for children in the Tendring district to meet the challenges of parenting. They offer local opportunities for parents/carers to meet at fun child/parent workshops, informal parent peer support groups and a range of parenting programmes.

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Tendring Families First 

Provide support mainly to 5-11 year olds struggling with complex issues by offering a range of therapies and counselling, as well as specialist parenting and family support.

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Families in Focus 

Side by Side is a new service for Essex based families who care for, or support, a family member (over the age of 18) with a Learning Disability or Autism. Provides informal support around periods of uncertainty or anxiety, such as transition to adulthood, independent living, new diagnosis etc.

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The MAZE Group 

The MAZE Group run free monthly drop-in sessions, a specialist weekly programme and additional workshops to guide, advise and support families of children with additional needs. They run special educational needs & disability (SEND) parenting groups with regular coffee mornings around Essex, in Colchester, Clacton & Harwich.

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Parents Aid 

Offer a range of support services for parents including personal therapy with an accredited counsellor, careers guidance for parents wishing to return to work, parenting skills training, family mediation and advocacy.

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EsSENtial Consultancy 

Provides a range of family support services including training for parents as well as one to one support for your child, helping them to manage their emotions or anxiety, support with social skills, communication, behaviour, use of visuals in the home or assessments.

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Benjamin Foundation 

Delivers a range of services to support children, young people and families facing a range of challenges. Their Parent Support Advisers are here to help parents to deal with any worries they may have.

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Provide a range of Early Childhood and Family services for SEN families. Enables families to access specialist support and meet other inspirational parents, carers, and children facing similar challenges.

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