For Parents

A Parent’s Guide
to Services in North East Essex

The purpose of this directory is for parents to provide other parents with information about SEND services and organisations available to them in North East Essex. This directory will be updated termly, so if you have any comments on the services, if you would like to recommend a service that you have used or if you provide a service and would like to be included, please contact us via email at: [email protected]

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what we do..

The MAZE is a structured specialist 12 week programme for parents of children and young people with any kind of additional needs (with or without a diagnosis).

There are several visiting professionals from health, education and independent organisations (IPSEA, Families in Focus, Essex Steps) who deliver specialist session on Social Stories™, resilience, behaviour and anger management, continence, sleep, diet/eating, therapeutic interventions and mental health. A key strength of our programme and approach is the multi-agency collaboration, with ongoing support by trained, experienced Parent Mentors.

On completion of the course and the evaluation of it, parents report a marked improvement in their relationship with their child and 100% of participants expressed an improvement in their ability to cope with their child. Furthermore, 90% of parents rate the parenting programme very highly in meeting their needs and expectations.

There are MAZE Groups running each term. If you are interested in the course, please email us at: [email protected]

To book a place on the course, please download the referral form below and email it back to us at: [email protected] or post to:

PO Box 1035, Bentley, Ipswich, IP9 2WL

You are welcome to join our group for parents of children with any kind of additional need

We offer Specialised Advice & Support in:

Sensory Processing Difficulties – Communication Strategies – Understanding Social Awareness – Lifestyle Issues (sleep, continence, diet) – Functional Behaviour Analysis – Behaviour Management (using positive strategies) – Positive Family Relationships – Building Resilience – Planning for the Future – Attention and Listening Skills – Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health

Week 1: Introductions

Week 2: Sensory processing difficulties

Week 3: Sensory processing / attention and listening skills

Week 4: Communication

Week 5: Social communication and social understanding

Week 6: Diet, continence and sleeping

Week 7: The SEND process

Week 8: Emotional well-being and mental health

Week 9: Positive family relationships and managing behavioural challenges

Week 10: My child’s development

Week 11: What about me?

Week 12: Conclusions



Tuesday AM

10:30AM – 12:30PM

CoCo Care Ltd
2 London Road

Thursday PM

6:00PM – 8:00PM

CoCo Care Ltd
2 London Road


Thursday AM

9:30AM – 11:30AM

Whitehall Academy
Melbourne Rd
CO15 3SP

Spring Term 2020

Wednesday AM

9:30AM – 11:30AM

Shorefields School
Clacton on Sea
CO15 6HF

Summer Term 2020


Wednesday AM

9:30AM – 11:30AM

Home Start
St Nicholas Hall,
Stour Rd,
CO12 3HS

Spring Term 2020

Term Dates 2019/2020

Autumn Term 2019

w/c 16th Sept 2019 to w/c 9th Dec 2019

(no group w/c 28th October 2019)

*Please note this programme is for parents only and we cannot accommodate children at the weekly group*

Spring Term 2020

w/c 6th January 2020 to w/c 30th March 2020

(no group w/c 17th February 2020)

*Please note this programme is for parents only and we cannot accommodate children at the weekly group*

Summer Term 2020

w/c 20th April 2020 to w/c 13th July 2020

(no group w/c 25th May 2020)

*Please note this course is for parents and we cannot accomodate children at the weekly group.