Programmes

Autism New Zealand has a dedicated education team
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We have developed a number of externally evaluated, New Zealand based education programmes.

See below for our publicly available community programmes for families and professionals. Our education team can develop and deliver individually tailored programmes to address the needs of a variety of groups working with different age groups.

Our programmes are delivered by highly skilled facilitators who are professionals working in the field of autism or parents who have lived experience, with consultation from autistic adults.

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01. Framework for Autism in New Zealand (FANZ)

Ideal introductory programme for autistic adults, family/whānau, and professionals.

FANZ is specifically designed for anyone living or involved with anyone (child to adult) on the autism spectrum, who wants some understanding and practical strategies to enhance the lives and maximise the learning opportunities for those individuals.

FANZ is a two-day introductory programme that enables participants to create a framework for understanding and supporting a person on the Autism Spectrum. It is a collection of evidence-based strategies and recommendations from the New Zealand ASD Guidelines. The programme is delivered through presentations, video examples, practical role play, and application of the strategies.

What participants say about FANZ

"Enjoyable, enlightening, entertaining, energising. Ka pai te mahi! It is always great to refresh, up skill and remember the varied ways to support these wonderful individuals who see the world in magically different ways to ourselves."

"All fantastic. Practical suggestions, great stories; approachable facilitators; a huge insight into someone with Autism, what to expect, characteristics, a plan, ideas, behaviours and how to deal with them."

"The workshop was relevant, delivered clearly and used a variety of situations that are often familiar on a daily basis and we now have strategies to employ when dealing with people with ASD." 

Outcomes

  • A better understanding of the autism spectrum

  • Practical strategies to apply immediately, including the use of visual supports, how to teach new activities and writing stories for understanding

  • A framework to plan for success using the Autism New Zealand Seesaw

  • A better understanding of challenging behaviour, including prevention and teaching of alternative behaviours 

  • A workbook, certificate, and notes from the programme

Evaluation of the Framework for Autism in New Zealand Workshops, November 2015, Phoenix Research. 

Participants in the FANZ workshops showed strong improvements from pre to post workshop and subsequently at three months after. Participants reported intentions to make changes following the workshop and these were in place three to four months post workshop. The extent to which participants would recommend a FANZ workshop to a friend or colleague is very high at the conclusion and increases after three months.

Upcoming programmes

Location

Dates

Times

Wairarapa

24 – 25 October 2018

9:30am – 3:30pm

Christchurch

5 – 6 November 2018

9:30am – 3:30pm

Lower Hutt

5 – 6 November 2018

9:30am – 3:30pm

Auckland

19 – 20 November 2018

9:30am – 3:30pm

Gisborne

28 – 29 November 2018

10.00am – 4.00pm

 

If you have missed your closest FANZ, you may wish to consider signing up to our Membership to receive updates about programmes in your area or consider Individualised Training.

 

Cost

$50 per person for family/whānau of a person with autism

$50 per person for an autistic adult

$175 per person for professionals and non-family/whānau

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02. Individualised training programmes

For organisations or other groups requiring a training or education event. 

Our experienced educators can individualise and create a training experience that suits your particular needs.

We have developed education programmes for autistic adults, early learning centres, primary, special and high schools, teacher aide organisations, Ministry of Education, Paediatricians, adult support providers, workplace teams, and teams of family/whānau and professionals. 

What people have said about our individualised education

"I’d like to congratulate you both on the enthusiastic presentation you both gave to the group."

"It was the most fun filled learning experience and informative session I have attended for some time!!! Thank you both very much for the ideas you suggested, I can't wait to get back to the kindergarten to try some fun patterning with our children. (Kindergarten Association)." 

"The simple strategies, such as writing down questions for him to think about, have already made a difference. The staff now recognise his strengths and use them (Car Sales Operator)."

How to access individualised training

Email training@autismnz.org.nz with the following information so we can provide a quote;

  • Organisation/group details

  • Age group you work with

  • Time you can allocate to training

  • If you’d like training based on any of our existing programmes

  • Any specific topics or challenges you’d like covered

If you require a short, introductory presentation, you may wish to contact your local Outreach Coordinator about Autism Kōrero.

 

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01. Framework for Autism in New Zealand (FANZ)

Ideal introductory programme for family/whānau, and professionals.

FANZ is specifically designed for anyone involved with anyone (child to adult) on the autism spectrum, who wants some understanding and practical strategies to enhance the lives and maximise the learning opportunities for those individuals.

FANZ is a two-day introductory programme that enables participants to create a framework for understanding and supporting a person on the Autism Spectrum. It is a collection of evidence-based strategies and recommendations from the New Zealand ASD Guidelines. The programme is delivered through presentations, video examples, practical role play, and application of the strategies.

What participants say about FANZ

"Enjoyable, enlightening, entertaining, energising. Ka pai te mahi! It is always great to refresh, up skill and remember the varied ways to support these wonderful individuals who see the world in magically different ways to ourselves."

"All fantastic. Practical suggestions, great stories; approachable facilitators; a huge insight into someone with Autism, what to expect, characteristics, a plan, ideas, behaviours and how to deal with them."

"The workshop was relevant, delivered clearly and used a variety of situations that are often familiar on a daily basis and we now have strategies to employ when dealing with people with ASD." 

Outcomes

  • A better understanding of the autism spectrum

  • Practical strategies to apply immediately, including the use of visual supports, how to teach new activities and writing stories for understanding

  • A framework to plan for success using the Autism New Zeland Seesaw

  • A better understanding of challenging behaviour, including prevention and teaching of alternative behaviours 

  • A workbook, certificate, and notes from the programme

Evaluation of the Framework for Autism in New Zealand Workshops, November 2015, Phoenix Research

Participants in the FANZ workshops showed strong improvements from pre to post workshop and subsequently at three months after. Participants reported intentions to make changes following the workshop and these were in place three to four months post workshop. The extent to which participants would recommend a FANZ workshop to a friend or colleague is very high at the conclusion and increases after three months.

Upcoming programmes

Location

Dates

Times

Wairarapa

24 – 25 October 2018

9:30am – 3:30pm

Christchurch

5 – 6 November 2018

9:30am – 3:30pm

Lower Hutt

5 – 6 November 2018

9:30am – 3:30pm

Auckland

19 – 20 November 2018

9:30am – 3:30pm

Gisborne

28 – 29 November 2018

10.00am – 4.00pm

 

If you have missed your closest FANZ, you may wish to consider signing up to our Membership to receive updates about programmes in your area or consider Individualised Training.

Cost

$175 per person for professionals and non-family/whānau.

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02. Way to Play

For family/whānau, early childhood teachers, health professionals, or anyone else living or working with young children with autism. 

Way to Play is a fun one-day introduction to playing joyously with a child on the autism spectrum.

Way to play has been specifically designed for people directly involved with a young child with autism. Adults are often left bewildered when trying to play with the child. The course offers some simple, easy to use, practical strategies to begin playing joyously together. Having fun playing together is the focus. This course is supported by the Way To Play website, where further learning and support can be found. 

What participants say about Way to Play

"It's only been four days since the course and I’m already noticing a huge difference in the way my son and I are interacting, in my confidence with my approaches to connecting with him and most unbelievably his subsequent development."

"I always wanted to play with my boy. I just didn’t know how. Can’t wait to get home and start playing."

"12 out of 10!! Fascinating! Exceptionally well presented. Great practical examples, demonstrations, and videos. Your enthusiasm is inspiring." 

Outcomes

  • A better understanding of the importance of play and interpersonal engagement.

  • Strategies to play joyously with a child

  • Access to waytoplay.co.nz support website

  • A workbook, certificate, and notes from the programme

Upcoming programmes

Location

Date

Times

Marlborough

23 October 2018

10.00am – 4.00pm

Rotorua

25 October 2018

10.00am – 4.00pm

Invercargill

30 October 2018

10:30am – 4:40pm

Waikato

12 November 2018

9:30am – 3:30pm

Lower Hutt

15 November 2018

9:30am – 3:30pm

Christchurch

27 November 2018

9:30am – 3:30pm

Auckland

30 November 2018

9:30am – 3:30pm

 

If you have missed your closest Way to Play, you may wish to consider signing up to our Membership to receive updates about programmes in your area or consider Individualised Training.

Cost

$100 per person for professionals and non-family/whānau.

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03. Tilting the Seasaw

For primary school teachers, teacher aids, learning assistants, SENCOs, RTLBs, or any other professionals working in a primary school setting. 

Tilting the Seesaw is a combination of strength-based, practical strategies to support the everyday inclusion of children with autism in the primary setting. The programme allows teachers to practice the strategies they have learnt in their own classroom and then bring them back to the group. Teachers learn from each other and with each other. These strategies are vital for a child with autism and helpful for all learners.

What participants say about Tilting the Seesaw

"This course has been invaluable to me and my teacher aide."

"We have learnt so much more about how to understand, analyse and respond to behaviour. This course has helped me so much."

"I feel a lot more confident in teaching children with autism and being successful."

"Learnt a lot of strategies and was inspired to try new ideas." 

Outcomes

  • Understand how autism may impact on the child in the classroom

  • Create and use visual supports to reduce anxiety and increase independence

  • Develop an autism-friendly physical environment and engage peer support

  • Write stories to support understanding, develop self-esteem, and give information

  • Adapt classroom lessons and support independence in class and playground

  • Analyse and manage behaviour challenges

  • A workbook, certificate, and notes from the programme

Research into Tilting the Seesaw

“Results indicated significant improvements in Knowledge, Communication, Behaviour Management, Inclusion and Confidence. Tilting the Seesaw provided greater understanding, greater confidence, learnt useful practical strategies to teach children with ASD. An invaluable course”

Tilting the Seesaw - An evaluation of a teacher and teacher aide based intervention for primary school children with ASD, Auckland University of Technology, 2014.

Upcoming programmes

Location

Dates

Times

Christchurch

26 October and 9 November 2018

9:30am – 3:30pm

Taranaki

1 and 22 November 2018

9:30am – 3:30pm

Hawkes Bay

2 and 16 November 2018

10.00am – 4.00pm

Dunedin

13 and 27 November 2018

10.00am – 4.00pm

 

If you have missed your closest Tilting the Seesaw, you may wish to consider signing up to our Membership to receive updates about programmes in your area or consider Individualised Training.

Cost

$175 per person for professionals

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04. EarlyBird

For parents, whānau, and caregivers of pre-school children.

The EarlyBird programme was developed by the National Autistic Society, UK, to empower and support family/whanau of young children with a diagnosis of Autism.

EarlyBird is a three-month programme that combines group learning sessions with individual home visits.  Video feedback is used to help family/whānau combine theory with practice. Participants meet and work with other family/whānau - learning from and supporting each other. The EarlyBird programme offers hope and support to help the child reach their potential. 

What people have said about the EarlyBird programme 

"Meeting other parents in the same boat gives you a boost. It was a pleasure getting to know them and exchange ideas."

"I loved the relaxed and supportive learning environment and meeting other parents. EarlyBird has made a massive difference in our lives and in the life of our son." 

Outcomes 

The aims of the programme are to:

  • Empower family/whānau of a child with autism

  • Support family/whānau in the period between diagnosis and school

  • Help establish good practice in these very important early years of development 

Participants will learn:

  • To understand their child’s autism

  • Structure interactions to develop communication

  • Develop strategies to pre-empt problem behaviours and/or manage those which do occur

Research completed on EarlyBird

There has been a great deal of international research that has endorsed the EarlyBird programme. In New Zealand, two pieces of research were undertaken in 2003 and 2012 by the University of Auckland and Litmus Research.

View the document on the effectiveness of EarlyBird

 

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05. Individualised training programmes

For organisations or other groups requiring a training or education event. 

Our experienced educators can individualise and create a training experience that suits your particular needs.

We have developed education programmes for early learning centres, primary, special and high schools, teacher aide organisations, Ministry of Education, Paediatricians, adult support providers, workplace teams, and teams of family/whānau and professionals. 

What people have said about our individualised education

"I’d like to congratulate you both on the enthusiastic presentation you both gave to the group."

"It was the most fun filled learning experience and informative session I have attended for some time!!! Thank you both very much for the ideas you suggested, I can't wait to get back to the kindergarten to try some fun patterning with our children. (Kindergarten Association)." 

"The simple strategies, such as writing down questions for him to think about, have already made a difference. The staff now recognise his strengths and use them (Car Sales Operator)."

How to access individualised training

Email training@autismnz.org.nz with the following information so we can provide a quote;

  • Organisation/group details

  • Age group you work with

  • Time you can allocate to training

  • If you’d like training based on any of our existing programmes

  • Any specific topics or challenges you’d like covered

If you require a short, introductory presentation, you may wish to contact your local Outreach Coordinator about Autism Kōrero.

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06. Autism Kōrero

For organisations or other groups requiring a short introductory presentation on autism.

Your local Outreach Coordinator can help you with advice, support, and some tips and tricks. Autism Kōrero is a 1 – 2 hour introductory presentation on autism and Autism New Zealand.

How to access Autism Kōrero

We ask for a minimum donation of $150 to cover expenses. Please contact your local branch/Outreach Coordinator to arrange a time.

Please note Autism Kōrero does not cover training or Professional Development. Please see our other Education options for more.

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07. SELO Introduction to Autism in an Early Childhood Setting

A Ministry of Education funded programme for Early Childhood Educators

These programmes can differ across locations according to our contracts with the Ministry of Education, however they usually involve a one-day workshop focusing on strategies for playing with and including a child with autism in the Early Childhood Centre/Kōhanga Reo environment. Some programmes may include centre visits for a limited number of centres, where you can see strategies in action and get hands-on experience. Please see below for dates, locations, and programme structure.

What participants say about SELO Introduction to Autism in an Early Childhood Setting

“Thank you so much! Fantastic sessions filled with very practical tips easily implemented in our daily work.”

“Exceeded expectations. Would recommend! :)This workshop was amazing and gave me so much useful information to use in the centre with our children.”

Upcoming programmes

Location

Dates

Times

Tauranga

Workshop, 17 October 2018

9:30am – 3:30pm

Centre Visit One, 31 October

TBA with selected centres

Centre Visit Two, 13 November

TBA with selected centres

Final Workshop, 22 November

9:00am – 12:00pm

Rotorua

Workshop, 18 October 2018

9:30am – 3:30pm

Centre Visit One, 1 November

TBA with selected centres

Centre Visit Two, 14 November

TBA with selected centres

Final Workshop, 22 November

1:30pm – 4:30pm

 

If you have missed your closest SELO programme you may wish to look at Way to Play which is also for Early Childhood, sign up to our Membership to receive updates about programmes in your area, or consider Individualised Training.

Cost

Free, thanks for Strengthening Early Learning Opportunities (SELO) funding from the Ministry of Education.

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Select a course

01. Framework for Autism in New Zealand (FANZ)

Ideal introductory programme for family/whānau, and professionals.

FANZ is specifically designed for anyone involved with anyone (child to adult) on the autism spectrum, who wants some understanding and practical strategies to enhance the lives and maximise the learning opportunities for those individuals.

FANZ is a two-day introductory programme that enables participants to create a framework for understanding and supporting a person on the Autism Spectrum. It is a collection of evidence-based strategies and recommendations from the New Zealand ASD Guidelines. The programme is delivered through presentations, video examples, practical role play, and application of the strategies.

What participants say about FANZ

"Enjoyable, enlightening, entertaining, energising. Ka pai te mahi! It is always great to refresh, up skill and remember the varied ways to support these wonderful individuals who see the world in magically different ways to ourselves."

"All fantastic. Practical suggestions, great stories; approachable facilitators; a huge insight into someone with Autism, what to expect, characteristics, a plan, ideas, behaviours and how to deal with them."

"The workshop was relevant, delivered clearly and used a variety of situations that are often familiar on a daily basis and we now have strategies to employ when dealing with people with ASD." 

Outcomes

  • A better understanding of the autism spectrum

  • Practical strategies to apply immediately, including the use of visual supports, how to teach new activities and writing stories for understanding

  • A framework to plan for success using the Autism New Zealand Seesaw

  • A better understanding of challenging behaviour, including prevention and teaching of alternative behaviours 

  • A workbook, certificate, and notes from the programme

Evaluation of the Framework for Autism in New Zealand Workshops, November 2015, Phoenix Research

Participants in the FANZ workshops showed strong improvements from pre to post workshop and subsequently at three months after. Participants reported intentions to make changes following the workshop and these were in place three to four months post workshop. The extent to which participants would recommend a FANZ workshop to a friend or colleague is very high at the conclusion and increases after three months.

Upcoming programmes

Location

Dates

Times

Wairarapa

24 – 25 October 2018

9:30am – 3:30pm

Christchurch

5 – 6 November 2018

9:30am – 3:30pm

Lower Hutt

5 – 6 November 2018

9:30am – 3:30pm

Auckland

19 – 20 November 2018

9:30am – 3:30pm

Gisborne

28 – 29 November 2018

10.00am – 4.00pm

 

If you have missed your closest FANZ, you may wish to consider signing up to our Membership to receive updates about programmes in your area or consider Individualised Training.

Cost

$50 per person for family/whānau of a person with autism.

$175 per person for professionals and non-family/whānau.

Download Registration Form Return to top

02. Way to Play

For family/whānau, early childhood teachers, health professionals, or anyone else living or working with young children with autism. 

Way to Play is a fun one-day introduction to playing joyously with a child on the autism spectrum.

Way to play has been specifically designed for people directly involved with a young child with autism. Adults are often left bewildered when trying to play with the child. The course offers some simple, easy to use, practical strategies to begin playing joyously together. Having fun playing together is the focus. This course is supported by the Way To Play website, where further learning and support can be found. 

What participants say about Way to Play

"It's only been four days since the course and I’m already noticing a huge difference in the way my son and I are interacting, in my confidence with my approaches to connecting with him and most unbelievably his subsequent development."

"I always wanted to play with my boy. I just didn’t know how. Can’t wait to get home and start playing."

"12 out of 10!! Fascinating! Exceptionally well presented. Great practical examples, demonstrations, and videos. Your enthusiasm is inspiring." 

Outcomes

  • A better understanding of the importance of play and interpersonal engagement.

  • Strategies to play joyously with a child

  • Access to waytoplay.co.nz support website

  • A workbook, certificate, and notes from the programme

Upcoming programmes

Location

Date

Times

Marlborough

23 October 2018

10.00am – 4.00pm

Rotorua

25 October 2018

10.00am – 4.00pm

Invercargill

30 October 2018

10:30am – 4:40pm

Waikato

12 November 2018

9:30am – 3:30pm

Lower Hutt

15 November 2018

9:30am – 3:30pm

Christchurch

27 November 2018

9:30am – 3:30pm

Auckland

30 November 2018

9:30am – 3:30pm

 

If you have missed your closest Way to Play, you may wish to consider signing up to our Membership to receive updates about programmes in your area or consider Individualised Training.

Cost

$20 per person for family/whānau of a person with autism.

$100 per person for professionals and non-family/whanau.

 

Download Registration Form Return to top

03. EarlyBird

For parents, whānau, and caregivers of pre-school children.

The EarlyBird programme was developed by the National Autistic Society, UK, to empower and support family/whanau of young children with a diagnosis of Autism.

EarlyBird is a three-month programme that combines group learning sessions with individual home visits.  Video feedback is used to help family/whānau combine theory with practice. Participants meet and work with other family/whānau - learning from and supporting each other. The EarlyBird programme offers hope and support to help the child reach their potential. 

What people have said about the EarlyBird programme 

"Meeting other parents in the same boat gives you a boost. It was a pleasure getting to know them and exchange ideas."

"I loved the relaxed and supportive learning environment and meeting other parents. EarlyBird has made a massive difference in our lives and in the life of our son." 

Outcomes 

The aims of the programme are to:

  • Empower family/whānau of a child with autism

  • Support family/whānau in the period between diagnosis and school

  • Help establish good practice in these very important early years of development 

Participants will learn:

  • To understand their child’s autism

  • Structure interactions to develop communication

  • Develop strategies to pre-empt problem behaviours and/or manage those which do occur

Research completed on EarlyBird

There has been a great deal of international research that has endorsed the EarlyBird programme. In New Zealand, two pieces of research were undertaken in 2003 and 2012 by the University of Auckland and Litmus Research.

View the document on the effectiveness of EarlyBird

Return to top

04. Individualised training programmes

For organisations or other groups requiring a training or education event. 

Our experienced educators can individualise and create a training experience that suits your particular needs.

We have developed education programmes for early learning centres, primary, special and high schools, teacher aide organisations, Ministry of Education, Paediatricians, adult support providers, workplace teams, and teams of family/whānau and professionals. 

What people have said about our individualised education

"I’d like to congratulate you both on the enthusiastic presentation you both gave to the group."

"It was the most fun filled learning experience and informative session I have attended for some time!!! Thank you both very much for the ideas you suggested, I can't wait to get back to the kindergarten to try some fun patterning with our children. (Kindergarten Association)." 

"The simple strategies, such as writing down questions for him to think about, have already made a difference. The staff now recognise his strengths and use them (Car Sales Operator)."

How to access individualised training

Email training@autismnz.org.nz with the following information so we can provide a quote;

  • Organisation/group details

  • Age group you work with

  • Time you can allocate to training

  • If you’d like training based on any of our existing programmes

  • Any specific topics or challenges you’d like covered

If you require a short, introductory presentation, you may wish to contact your local Outreach Coordinator about Autism Kōrero.

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