FANZ (Framework for Autism in New Zealand)

Supporting an individual on the Autism Spectrum

WHAT: FANZ is a two-day introductory programme about autism that enables participants to create a framework for understanding and supporting a person with autism.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will learn to:

  • Understand autism and identify how it may present in the person with autism.
  • Use practical strategies to interact and support the person with autism e.g. use of visual supports, write stories for understanding, and teach new activities.
  • Support the person with autism in a variety of settings.
  • Prevent/reduce and better manage challenging behaviour.

WHO: FANZ is specifically designed for family/whānau/caregivers, educators, health professionals, and anyone involved with a child or adult on the Autism Spectrum, who wants a further understanding about autism and practical strategies, to enhance the lives and maximise the learning opportunities of those with autism.

WHEN & WHERE (2018) - Venues TBC

(All programmes are subject to change and more may also be added, for email updates: )

Auckland, 14–15 March
Waikato, 28–29 March
Christchurch, 5–6  April
Wellington, 2–3 May
Invercargill, 9–10 May (10:30 am–4:30 pm first day, 9:30 am–3:30 pm second day)
Tauranga, 14–15 May
Nelson, 30–31 May
Auckland, 7–8 June
Taranaki, 2–3 July
Hawkes Bay, 6–7 August
Manawatu, 8–9 August
Kapiti, 14–15 August
Rotorua, 21–22 August (10am–4pm)
Waikato, 28–29 August
Timaru, 30–31 August (10am–4pm)
Whanganui, 12–13 September (10am–4pm)
Dunedin, 26–27 September (10am–4pm)
Taupo, 26–27 September (10am–4pm)
Wairarapa, 24–25 October
Christchurch, 5–6 November
Lower Hutt, 5–6 November
Auckland, 19–20 November
Gisborne, 28–29 November (10am–4pm)

TIME: 9.30am–3.30pm (both days), unless otherwise advised

VENUE: Venue details provided after registration

COST per person (subject to change):

  • Family/Whānau: $50.00
  • Professionals: $175.00

HOW: Please complete the FANZ Registration Form and return to:

Email: Phone: (04) 803 3501  Fax: (04) 803 3502
Postal Address:
PO Box 33481, Petone, Lower Hutt 5046

This form can be filled in electronically. A printable version, or a large-text version of this form is available on request, please email If you require a different accessibility option please email your query and we will see how we can help.

Our Educators (subject to change)

Neil Stuart, Education & Training Director - 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 - 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
- Robyn, now working solely as an Educator brings nine years of experience as an Outreach Coordinator in the Canterbury/West Coast region working alongside families, schools, professionals, community groups and other support agencies. Prior to joining Autism New Zealand she worked extensively in the Education sector. Through her work as an Outreach Coordinator Robyn gained invaluable insight and empathy for those living and working with Autism. She recognises and appreciates the challenges Autism may bring but she also celebrates the ‘magic moments’.

Jo Lloyd, Regional Educator - Jo has been working with Autism New Zealand for four years as an Outreach Coordinator in Auckland, supporting and working together with families/whānau and individuals on their journey with autism. As an Outreach Coordinator, Jo is also busy in the community presenting information and training to schools, community groups and other support agencies. Jo is also an experienced educator with Autism New Zealand and currently facilitates the FANZ Programme. As a mother of 2 boys – one of whom is on the Autism Spectrum, Jo provides a unique perspective from both a professional and (often humorous and ‘real’) personal perception.


Quote from participants who participated in the FANZ Programme 2015:

"I feel that I understand my son's point of view better now. We learnt heaps of strategies, and I've already seen success from putting some of these in place already. It was great that it was a small group and therefore enabled a lot of discussion".

Important Information

Payment: Payment must be made prior to the workshop 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.
The programme runs from 9.30am–3.30pm unless otherwise advised.
(Maximum number: 25 people, minimum number: 10 people).
Includes wider family members and caregivers. Students (16+ years) are also welcome.
Registration Note:
Confirmation of your registration will be on a first-booked/paid basis.