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Southend Early Autism Support (SEAS) Course

Limited Spaces Online event/service Free of charge

This course is for parents of children under 5 years old within the Southend area with either a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Condition or who present with social communication difficulties that have been identified by a recognised professional. 

The course gives parents the chance to speak to professionals directly to learn more about the following areas and find useful ways of helping their child.

Topic covered

The Topics covered on the course are:

  • An introduction to autism with Tracy Bakonyvari and Helen Smith-Vicary, Educational Psychologist
  • Understanding your child’s communication – Speech and Language Therapy Service
  • Feeding and toileting support with the Play and Development Advisory Team
  • Sensory needs and play with Tracy Bakonyvari & Helen Smith-Vicary
  • Sleep and behaviour support with Educational Psychologist Service
  • Supporting your child’s play with the Early Years SEN Team
  • Support available to families in the area with Special Educational Needs and Disability Independent Advisory Services (SENDiass), Little Heroes ASD Support Group and the Southend SEND Independent Forum (SSIF)

Course frequency and details

Two courses run each year - one is online, the other is face-to-face.

The online course:

The first course is online via video call.  This course is made up of 6 sessions, each lasting 1 hour, where parents get to meet professionals and ask any questions they have on supporting their child. 

The face to face course:

This course is 6 sessions face to face with professionals present. This is currently held at the Tickfield Centre. Anyone who is on the course will be told the time, location and days of the course before they start and will be sent resources via email.

How to join the course

You can be referred by any professional working with your child if they feel that this would be the right course for you. This can include the Play and Development team, Paediatrician or Speech and Language Therapist.

Feedback from parents and carers who attended our course

‘I found it exceptionally helpful and have saved the videos to refer back to later on!’

‘Thank you so much for organising this it has been so nice to speak to other parents and professionals!’

Who to contact

Contact Name
Tracy Bakonyvari

Opening Times

When is it on
Wednesday 19th, and 26th April, 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th May 2023
Day(s) of week
Time of day
Session Information
Our course is Spring time is online through Microsoft Teams

Other Details


This service is free of charge to everyone.


Referral required

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
0-5 years


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  •  Last admin update: 24 Jan 2023

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