The SNAP Directory is the 'A-Z' for parents with children with special needs. It supports and guides us when we are lost for information on so many issues.

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7+ Information

The '7+ Information' is designed to provide useful information for families with children aged 7 and older. 

It was identified that parents of children with special needs who are in full-time education needed an easier way to access relevant updates about training opportunities, after school activities and weekend or holiday clubs, along with education or benefit updates and other events.

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SEND Transport Meeting –

Essex County Council is inviting parent/carers to attend a meeting in Chelmsford to share concerns about SEN transport in Essex.

Occupational Therapy Drop-in Session –

Castledon school in Wickford’s monthly coffee morning event for parents will focus on occupational therapy this month.

Epping Forest Inclusion Project –

A programme of activity sessions for May half term.

Essex Outdoors –

Inclusive half term holiday sessions at activity centres across Essex.

Treating Autism Roadshow Event –

A day of talks in Basildon on Friday 23rd June for parents of children and young people with autism. 

New Thomas the Tank Engine Film –

Due to be released this summer, ‘Thomas & Friends: Journey Beyond Sodor’ will feature a new engine called Theo that has been designed to give children with autism a sympathetic character they can identify with. 

Family Finances and Disability –

The Children’s Policy Research Unit has written a report comparing the cost of raising children with and without disabilities and looking at the real cost of raising a child with a disability. 

Apex Parent Support Group –

This Chelmsford group will be meeting next on Thursday 8th June at Thriftwood School.

PACT for Autism Talk –

A Practical Exploration of Autism, ADHD and PDA on Wednesday 28th June in Harlow. 

Grangewaters Outdoor Education Centre –

There will be a programme of family activities at this centre in Thurrock for half term.


SNAP Open Day –

Help us celebrate a decade of supporting families at The SNAP Centre on Wednesday 17th May between 11am to 5pm. Catch up with the team and our founder Hilary as she begins an exciting new chapter with the charity as Honorary Life President. 

Amazing Things Happen –

This brilliant, short animated film tackles the complex subject of autism with simple descriptions, relatable situations and positive language. It is ideal to introduce children, with or without an ASD, to autism.

Talking About Autism –

The Centre for Research in Autism & Education (CRAE) would like parents of children with an ASD to complete a short survey to find out how parents talk to their children with an autism spectrum disorder about autism.  The survey closes on 9th June 2017.

Castledon School Coffee Morning –

A monthly opportunity for parents to meet up with other parents, staff and visiting practitioners. This meeting will be attended by Pam from SNAP.

Chris Cross Half Term Activities –

The Chris Cross Holiday Club will be running again for May Half Term.

Lambourne End Centre –

The next Fun Day for young people who have a disability or additional need will be on Thursday 1st June.

SEN Information Sessions –

Families InFocus (Essex) is running sessions for parent/carers at various locations across Essex to give information about Education Health & Care Plans (EHCP).

BBC Relaxed Prom –

The world’s first relaxed prom has been announced by the BBC. It will be held at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 29th July and will be suitable for children and adults with autism, sensory and communication impairments and learning disabilities.  There is a downloadable guide for parents/carers that gives as much information as possible about the prom in advance of the day.

Brentwood PDA Support Group –

A new Facebook closed group has been started to support families affected by Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA).  


Please remember to visit this page regularly for more updates throughout the year.