Other Local SEN Sessions

Listed below are other SEN sessions that are available locally.

Bounce Village

Every Saturday 9am to 10am, Every Sunday 9am to 11am

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Kids Kingdom - SNAPS

Second Monday of every month 5pm to 7.30pm

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Just Ride Southend

Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10am to 12noon
Saturdays 10am to 1pm

For more information, please click the title to visit their website.

Odeon Autism-Friendly Viewings

To watch autism-friendly movies. Please click on the title for more information.

Play 360

First Friday of every month
6.30pm to 8.30pm

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Every Wednesday during term time
from 4.30pm to 6pm.

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White Bus

Monthly friendly cinema showings. From September to March (approx.)

For more information, please email White Bus

Eastwood Childrens Centre

Messy activities for children with disabilities and sensory needs.

Please call to book a place in advance and avoid disappointment or to find out more information.

Runs every other Wednesday afternoon
from 13.00-14.30 during term time and 10am to 2pm during holidays.

This is run with support from Southend Portage team.

For more information, please call
01702 520979

Mencap Family Play and Respite Club

Mencap provides sports, games, puzzles, arts and craft work and other activities for children aged 5 to 16 years with learning disabilities.
Every Saturday during term time at The Eastwood Academy.

For more information, click on the title

 Our Story

Our Story

Little Heroes ASD Support Group is a parent led support group for families of children who are on the autistic spectrum.
Helen and Kim met on a professional level when Kim’s son Alfie was in the early days of receiving an official diagnosis of autism back in 2011.
Helen assisted the family in her formal role of autism specialist portage worker for the local council and together they experienced the ups and downs of the “autism rollercoaster”. When Alfie began at the local specialist school Helen and Kim decided they would like to create a small support network for families with children of similar ages – this would be the monthly coffee morning sessions at Summercourt Children Centre, Westcliff-on-Sea and officially began back in October 2012. Four years later and Little Heroes is still going strong and is now a registered charity continuing to bring more and more families together. We provide support and assistance for families within Southend-on-Sea and the surrounding areas from as soon as they discover there are additional needs.
Little Heroes provides a drop in service for parents and families of children with autism on a regular monthly basis via the sessions at
Summercourt Children Centre,
9.30am to 11.30am
on the first Friday of each month

In addition, we offer activities throughout the school holidays and provide suitable events for families whilst offering them the chance to socialise with other likewise families where they can benefit from receiving advice and support from one another, as well as potentially creating new friendships within a circle of support. In addition we invite professionals along to these meetings and activities so families can benefit from their information and advice, it also makes it simpler for them to connect with these people that they may be weary of or find it a little daunting.  Our intentions are that all children no matter what their ability/ disability is that they will be able to participate in activities and events that other neurotypical children can do, we give families the means to do this by arranging such activities in safe and secure surroundings. 

Our Team

We never say 'never'

What is Autism? & Testimonials

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others. Autistic people see, hear and feel the world differently to other people. If you are autistic, you are autistic for life; autism is not an illness or disease and cannot be 'cured'. Often people feel being autistic is a fundamental aspect of their identity. Autism is a spectrum condition. All autistic people share certain difficulties, but being autistic will affect them in different ways. Some autistic people also have learning disabilities, mental health issues or other conditions, meaning people need different levels of support. All people on the autism spectrum learn and develop. With the right sort of support, all can be helped to live a more fulfilling life of their own choosing. For more in-depth information and advice regarding autism please visit the National Autistic Society’s website at www.nas.org.uk/about/what-is.aspx

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