SELO Introduction to Autism in an Early Childhood Setting

Strength-based, practical strategies to support children with autism in the primary school setting

This page is for the Intro to Autism funded by Ministry of Education in Bay of Plenty & Hawkes Bay.

Autism New Zealand is delighted to present this Intro to Autism programme thanks to Ministry of Education Bay of Plenty, Ministry of Education Hawkes Bay, and Ministry of Education Auckland Strengthening Early Learning Opportunities (SELO) funding. Please see the bottom of this page for full dates and locations.

This programme consists of one workshop open to all, and a centre visit and final workshop open to up to 20 centres with a child with autism.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify how autism may impact on, and is expressed in, a child with autism
  • Create and use visual supports to reduce anxiety and increase independence
  • Develop an autism-friendly physical environment, and engage peer support
  • Use stories to support understanding, develop self esteem and give information
  • Adapt classroom lessons, and support independence in classroom and playground
  • Analyse and manage inappropriate behaviour.

COST per person:

Free of charge, thanks to SELO funding

MOE SELO Introduction to Autism in Early Childhood Education Bay Of Plenty Registration Form

MOE SELO Introduction To Autism in Early Education Hawkes Bay Registration Form

MOE SELO Introduction To Autsim in Early Childhood Education Auckland Registration Form

Each centre may send 2-3 participants (staff or family) to the workshops.

Bay of Plenty and Hawkes Bay will have visits to up to 20 centres per programmme, Auckland will be up to 15 centres per programme. Phone: (04) 803 3501 Fax: (04) 803 3502Postal Address: Autism New Zealand, PO Box 33481, Petone, Lower Hutt 5046

When & Where (2018)

We are in the process of arranging SELO contracted workshops. If you’d like to receive email updates about upcoming programmes please join our Membership.

Our Educators

Neil Stuart, Education & Training Director - Auckland: Neil has over 20 years experience working with children with Autism. He has developed a large number of education and training programmes, including Way to Play, Framework for Autism in New Zealand (FANZ), Tilting the Seesaw, and many more. Neil also has considerable experience working with children with Autism in the mainstream classroom both in New Zealand and in the United Kingdom. This has included managing satellite classes in mainstream schools and advising schools on how best to include pupils with autism.

Tanya Catterall, National Educator - Auckland: Tanya is a mother of two daughters, one of whom is on the Autism Spectrum. She is an EarlyBird Trainer and has worked as a Teacher Aide in a Special School. Tanya is a joint contributor and developer of the Autism New Zealand suite of education programmes and travels the country delivering them. Her valuable experience living with someone with autism provides excellent insight and adds a realistic, down-to-earth parent perspective to our programmes.

Robyn Young, Regional Educator - Christchurch: Robyn came to Autism New Zealand seven years ago from an education background. She is currently the Outreach Coordinator in Canterbury and West Coast, working alongside families, schools, professionals, community groups and support agencies. Through this experience, Robyn has gained invaluable insight, strategies, and empathy for supporting people with autism and those who support them. Robyn understands the challenges Autism may bring, but also celebrates the memorable ‘break-through magic moments’.

Shannon Hennig, Regional Educator - Wellington: Shannon has over 20 years experience working with children with autism. She is a certified speech-language therapist, and has worked in schools in both New Zealand and overseas, always with the aim of supporting meaningful communication and engagement. She has a talent for translating research and theory into practical strategies. She is passionate about supporting families, schools, and both children and adults with autism.


Quote from a teacher who participated in the Tilting the Seesaw Pilot Programme :

“The programme provided great tips for understanding a student with autism. I now have a better understanding of my student and his needs.”

Important Information

Payment: Payment must be made prior to the programme to confirm your place. We have various payment options available (cheque, credit card, direct banking and invoice).
Programme Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations must be sent in writing, (mailed or emailed), to Autism New Zealand. Cancellations received up to 30 days prior to the course date receive a full refund, less a 10% handling fee. Cancellations received less than 30 days and up to seven days prior to the course will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be given for cancellations received within seven days of the course; however a substitute delegate may be nominated.
Registration: Confirmation of your registration will be on a first-booked and paid basis.