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Links & Resources

01. Auckland

Adult diagnosis

Angela Arnold-Saritepe - Psychologist & Behaviour Analyst
Mobile: (027) 404 0289
Email: itsallbehaviour@xtra.co.nz

Suzanne Glendinning - Clinical Psychologist
Phone: (027) 445 7565 or (09) 445 7565
Email: smj@ihug.co.nz

Munira Haidermota - Clinical Psychologist
Ph: (021) 101 6768
Email: [email protected]com

Marijke Batenburg - Clinical Psychologist
Phone: (09) 630 9297
Email: marijke@mindfulpsychology.co.nz
Website: www.mindfulpsychology.co.nz

 
Child and youth diagnosis

Angela Arnold-Saritepe - Psychologist & Behaviour Analyst
Mobile: (027) 404 0289
Email: itsallbehaviour@xtra.co.nz

Clare Stanley - Developmental Paediatrician
KidzHealth
Phone: (09) 524 4333
Email: reception@kidzhealth.co.nz
Website: www.kidzhealth.co.nz

Mark SinclairClinical Psychologist
Mobile: (027) 479 9419
Email: sinclairml@xtra.co.nz

Megan Fowler - Clinical Psychologist
Practice 92, Epsom
Phone: (09) 638 9804

Suzanne Glendinning - Clinical Psychologist
Mobile: 027 445 7565
Phone: (09) 446 7565
Email: smj@ihug.co.nz

Warwick Smith
Phone: (09) 575 2105, or private (09) 585 0190

Totally Psyched
Email: referrals@psyched.org.nz
Phone: (09) 320 3086

 

Counselling

Natasha Delgarno - counsellor specialising in relationships and marriage where one or both partners have Asperger Syndrome/ADHD traits; adults with Asperger Syndrome; support for parents of children with ASD; burnout and self-care.
Phone: (021) 393 846
Email: jaktherapies@gmail.com

Dave McMillan - Counselling and behaviour therapy for adolescents with ASD.
Phone: (09) 483 7288
Mobile: (027) 362 5584
Email: davemcounselling@hotmail.com

John Hibbs - Counselling children and teenagers, specialising in difficult to reach complex boys.
Phone: (09) 575 6091
Mobile: (027) 416 8880
Email: jhibbs@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.johnhibbs.co.nz

Philip Walker (New Beginnings Therapy) – family therapist who works with young people, adults and couples.
Phone: (021) 058 3234
Email: philip@newbeginningstherapy.co.nz
Website: www.newbeginningstherapy.co.nz

Hilary Mack - 'ASD friendly' Psychologist, with a specific interest in working with people with ASD who have OCD or other anxiety difficulties.
Phone: (021) 142 4838
Email: summitpsychology@hotmail.com

Kim Gregory - (BApp Soc Sci (Couns), Dip-Counselling, Member NZAC) - for adults with ASD and parents
Phone: (09) 296 7587
Mobile: (021) 154 4823
Email: kimgregory@orcon.net.nz

Jules Adams - private counselling/support for children with ASD and their families
Phone: (09) 447 0121, or (09) 445 7316
Mobile: (021) 274 0632

 

Education

Autism New Zealand Education Programmes
Email: training@autismnz.org.nz

Disability Services Auckland University
Phone:( 09) 373 7599 extn 888808, or (09) 623 8899 extn 48459
Email: r.williams@auckland.ac.nz
Website: www.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/eo-disability-services

Unitec Disability Support
Contact: Gail van Veen
Phone: (09) 815 4321 extn 7871
Email: gveen@unitec.ac.nz


Employment

Autism New Zealand Employment Support
Email: Romy.hume@autismnz.org.nz

Career Service
Phone: 0800 222 733

Edge Employment - North Shore and Rodney
Phone: (09) 414 6044

Geneva Elevator
Phone: 0508 353 282
Website: www.genevaelevator.co.nz

IDEA Services (IHC) - vocational/day services
Website: www.ihc.org.nz
West/Central Auckland
Phone: (09) 826 3850
North Shore
Phone: (09) 418 4139

Poly Emp
Phone: (09) 968 8000 ext 7144
Website: www.polyemp.org.nz

Workbridge
Website: www.workbridge.co.nz

Central
Phone: (09) 302 2836

Manukau
Phone: (09) 263 6665

Albany
Phone: (09) 921 6800

Workforce
Phone: (09) 275 2074

 

Social groups

Autism New Zealand Youth with Asperger's/Autism Social Group
Opportunity for casual conversation, with a facilitator present. Participants should be able to be mindful of others' sensory issues and personal space (e.g. no shouting).
Meets on the 1st Sunday of each month, 12pm–2pm
Address: 642 New North Road, Mt Albert
Email: youthadultsupport.auckland@autismnz.org.nz
Phone: (09) 846 0913

Autism New Zealand Adult Asperger's/Autism Social Group
This group involves structured conversations about set topics. Participants should be able to be mindful of others' sensory issues and personal space (e.g. no shouting).
Meets on the 3rd Saturday of every month, 3pm–5pm
Address: 642 New North Road, Mt Albert
Email: youthadultsupport.auckland@autismnz.org.nz
Phone: (09) 846 0913

Autism New Zealand Adult Asperger's/Autism Drop-in Session
Opportunity for casual conversation, with a facilitator present. Participants should be able to be mindful of others' sensory issues and personal space (e.g. no shouting).
Meets on the 1st Tuesday of every month, 12pm–2pm
Address: 642 New North Road, Mt Albert
Email: youthadultsupport.auckland@autismnz.org.nz
Phone: (09) 846 0913

Autism New Zealand Asperger's Partners' Support Group
Meets on the last Sunday of every month, 3pm–5pm
Address: 642 New North Road, Mt Albert
Contact: Maxine Beecroft
Email: zenpancake@gmail.com
Mobile: (021) 146 3605

Auckland Peer Group
A small group of independent, intelligent Aspie folk who like to meet up each month.
Email: aucklandpeergroup@gmail.com
Seniors Social Groups
For individuals approximately 35yrs and over.
Phone: (09 488 7490
Email: chewy@phab.org.nz

Chit-Chat for all
A social skills group for students and young adults (14-22 years) with Asperger’s Syndrome.
Contact: Samantha McGillivray
Mobile: (021) 069 2506
Website: www.speech4all.co.nz

Junior Chit-Chat for all
A social skills group children (8-13yrs) with Asperger’s Syndrome.
Contact: Samantha McGillivray
Mobile: (021) 069 2506
Website: www.speech4all.co.nz

 

Supported living and accommodation

Creative Abilities and Associates - supported independent living and other services
Phone: (09) 444 0608
Website: www.creativeabilities.co.nz

IRIS - community living/home-based support services
Website: www.iris-health.org.nz

IDEA Services (IHC) - accommodation/supported living and other services
Website: www.ihc.org.nz

West/Central Auckland
Phone: (09) 826 3850

North Shore
Phone: (09) 418 4139

Healthcare NZ Auckland - home support services
Phone: (09) 303 3546
Website: www.healthcarenz.co.nz

Renaissance - supported independent living
Address: 232 Cavendish Drive, Manukau
Phone: (09) 250 4346 (after hours)
Mobile: (021) 494 893
Website: www.renaissanceconsulting.co.nz

Spectrum Care - supported living and other services
Phone: (09) 634 3790
Website: www.spectrumcare.co.nz

 

Support organisations

CCS Disability Action - services and support for all people with disabilities
Phone: 0800 227 2255, or (09) 625 9378
Email: auckland@ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz
Website: www.ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz

Independent Living Service - information
Phone:(09) 625 8069
Email: info@ilsnz.org
Website: www.ilsnz.org

Anxiety New Zealand Trust
Phone: (09) 846 9776
Email: clinic@anxiety.org.nz

ASK Trust - Autism Spectrum Kiwis – support group
Email: info@asknz.net
Website: www.asknz.net

Ripple Trust - disability empowerment and support
Address: 33 East Tamaki Rd, Papatoetoe

Taikura Trust - needs assessment
Phone: (09) 278 6314 or 0800-TAIKURA

Wander Search Auckland
Phone: (09) 480 4448
Email: aucklandwandersearch@gmail.com
Website: www.wandersearch.org.nz
 
ADHD Association
Phone: (09) 625 1754
Website: www.adhd.co.nz

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
The Kari Centre (Central Auckland)
Phone: (09) 623 4646

Marinoto West (West Auckland to Helensville)
Phone: (09) 837 6657

Marinoto North (North Shore to Warkworth)
Phone: (09) 486 8999

Campbell Lodge (South Auckland)
Phone: (09) 276 0200

Fragile X New Zealand
Phone: 0508 938 0552
Email: info@fragilex.org.nz
Website: www.fragilex.org.nz

IHC Family Support
Phone: (09) 523 4198
Website: www.ihc.org.nz

LifeKidz Trust - after school care and holiday programme for children with disabilities and their siblings
Phone: (09) 533 6360
Email: deearna@lifekidz.org.nz

Ohomairangi Trust Early Intervention - 0-6 years, Māori based
Phone: (09) 263 0798

Parent to Parent NZ - support and information for parents of children with special needs
Phone: (09) 625 5021
Email: auckland@parent2parent.org.nz
Website: www.parent2parent.org.nz

The Anxiety NZ Trust
Website: www.phobic.org.nz

Special Education
Phone: 0800 622 222
Email: special.education@minedu.govt.nz

YES, Disability Resource Centre - North Shore
Phone: (09) 414 5360
Email: info@yesdisability.org.nz
Website: www.disabilityproducts.co.nz

TalkLink - assistive technology service
Phone: 0800 TALKLINK, or 0800 825 554
Website: www.talklink.org.nz

 

Therapy

Acorn Autism - speech language therapy, occupational therapy, behaviour therapy, 
Address: 126a Remuera Rd, Auckland
Phone: (09) 281 4857
Email: info@acornautism.co.nz
Website: www.acornautism.co.nz

Specialise Therapy Services - occupational therapy in-home service
Contact: Sarah Goodall
Mobile: (021) 703 313
Phone: (09) 585 1136

Speech Language Centre - social skills and communication in a safe environment
Contact: Anita Hurburun
Mobile: 021 546 917
Website: www.speechlanguagecentre.co.nz

Human Equine Assisted Learning - counselling and learning, Totara Park
Contact: Raewyn Shiels
Phone: (09) 576 8914
Email: raewynshiels@gmail.com

Riding for the Disabled
Totara Park
Phone: (09) 262 0426
Website: www.totaraparkrda.org.nz

Henderson
Phone: (09) 813 3030
Website: www.hendersonrda.org.nz

Ambury Park
Phone: (09) 634 0763
Website: www.amburyparkcentre.org.nz

North Shore
Phone: (09) 426 8110
Eastern Suburbs
Phone: (09) 521 2275 or (09) 522 2923

Greenhithe
Phone: (09) 410 4995

KidzTherapy - psychological educational assessments; social emotional assessments and counselling; speech-language assessments and therapy; occupational therapy assessments and therapy; teaching; tutoring.
Phone: (09) 849 4232
Email: info@kidztherapy.co.nz
Website: www.kidztherapy.co.nz

Rainbow House - specialist counselling services for children and adolescents with Asperger Syndrome. Offers individual counselling, social skills groups, RDI Consultants.
Phone: (09) 520 4030
Email: therainbowhouse@gmail.com

Music Therapy
Contact: Anna Maitland
Phone: (021) 124 6603

Art therapy Māpura Studios - art classes and programmes for people of all ages living with disability and diversity.
Phone: (09) 845 5361
Email: info@mapurastudios.org.nz
Website: www.mapurastudios.org.nz

Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre - Grey Lynn
Phone: (09) 360 0889
Website: www.rmtc.org.nz

Sound Therapy for Children - Greenhithe
Contact: Sue Marett,
Phone: (09) 410 4995

Child's Play O.T. - private OT practice that specialises in sensory integration therapy.
Phone: (09) 300 6324
Website: www.childsplayot.co.nz

Everyday OT - offers 'one to one' clinic-based SI interventions as well as therapeutic programmes: Everyday Skate, Hang Out with Mates Holiday Programmes, and Adventure Day Camps.
Mobile: (021) 0232 6398
Email: carolyn@everydayot.com

Pro-Ed Centre - specialist in and treatment of learning difficulties and behavioural problems in children. They offer assessment of functioning & treatment for Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Phone: (09) 478 5523
Website: www.proed.co.nz

Irlen Diagnostic Clinic - helping adults and children with reading, perceptual and processing problems.
Phone: (09) 576 5390
Website: www.irlen.com

SPELD (Specific Learning Difficulties) - provides information, assessment and tuition to families, whānau, schools, businesses and individuals living with dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities.
Phone: 0800 773 536
Website: www.speld.org.nz

Therapy 4 Children - Occupational Therapists for Children/physiotherapists/Speech Therapy.
Contact: Caroline Bourke
Phone: (09) 535 1690
Email: carolinebourke@qualityrehab.co.nz
Website: www.qualityrehab.co.nz

TripleP Healthy Families - Behavioural Psychology Practice "Positive Parenting Programme" to help with everyday parenting problems
Phone: (09) 579 1794
Website: www.triplepcentre.net.nz

Totally Psyched
Email: referrals@psyched.org.nz
Phone: (09) 320 3086

Harmony Music Therapy
Contact: Reah Monet
Phone: (09) 9484 187
Mobile: (021) 251 7827
Email: reahmonet@gmail.com
 
CLIMB - offers support for children with autism and challenging behaviours, across home and school settings
Phone: (09) 419 5025
Mobile: (027) 956 9073
Email: climb@abatherapy.co.nz
Website: www.abatherapy.co.nz

Go Visual - visual schedules
Phone: (09) 962 6350
Mobile (021) 156 2886
Email: govisual7@gmail.com


Respite

My Care - online space to find at-home support
Phone: 0800 677 700
Email: hello@mycare.co.nz
Website: www.mycare.co.nz

Eastgate Trust - 18+ year-olds with mild-moderate intellectual disabilities
Phone: (09) 577 4556
Email: eastgatetrust@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.eastgatetrust.co.nz

IDEA Services (IHC)
Website: www.ihc.org.nz

West/Central Auckland
Phone: (09) 826 3850

North Shore
Phone: (09) 418 4139

Pukekohe
Phone: (09) 238 34 24

Manukau
Phone: (09) 262 3665

Spectrum Care
Phone: (09) 634 3790
Website: www.spectrumcare.co.nz

Creative Abilities and Associates
Phone: (09) 444 0608
Website: www.creativeabilities.co.nz

NZ Care Group - 16-30 year-olds
Phone: 0800 227 348, or (09) 526 35 70
Email: rosleahy@nzcaregroup.co.nz
Website: www.nzcare.co.nz

Disability Resource Centre - sheltered workshops, courses etc.
Phone: (09) 625 0322 or 0800 625 100

Care on Call NZ - home care. Autism New Zealand trained staff.
Phone: (09) 966 0011
Email: andrea@homechoice.co.nz
Website: www.homechoice.co.nz

Spectrum Care
Phone: (09) 634 3790
Website: www.spectrumcare.co.nz


Holiday programmes

LifeKids - an after school and school holiday programme for children with special needs and disabilities
Contact: Deearna
Phone: (09) 533 6360
Email: deearna@lifekidz.org.nz

Recreate Auckland - for junior 9-14 years, youth 15-24 years and young adults 21+ years with disabilities
Phone: (09) 638 5364
Email: info@recreate.org.nz
Website: www.recreate.org.nz
Facebook: recreatenz

Bubbledome - educational programmes with a focus on science and technology
Phone: 0800 438282
Website: www.bubbledome.com

Sratchpad - holiday programmes focused on electronics, robotics and coding (for all children).
Website: www.scratchpad.co.nz

Every day OT – hangout with mates is a motor development and social skills holiday program for children aged 5- 6 years and 7-12 years.
Email: thedifference@everydayot.com
Mobile (021) 023 26398

 

Legal issues

Auckland Disability Law
Phone: (09) 257 5140
Email: info@adl.org.nz

Health and Disability Commissioner
Phone: 0800 11 22 33
Email: hdc@hdc.org.nz

Human Rights Commission
Phone: 0800 496 877

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02. Waikato

Diagnosis


Child Development Centre (CDC)
Waikato District Health Board
Based at Waikato Hospital
Address: 222 Pembroke Street, Hamilton (across the road from the Waikato Hospital Emergency Department)

Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (ICAMHS)
The Infant Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (ICAMHS) is a free community service for children and adolescents up to 18 years old and their families/whānau. It provides assessment and treatment of psychiatric and psychological problems. Depending on current staffing, they also may be able to provide diagnosis of autism, ADHD, and anxiety.

Hamilton (includes Cambridge)
Nga Ringa Awhina
Phone: 0800 99 99 03 or (07) 839 5146
Email: referral@ngaringaawhina.org.nz

Thames – Coromandel/Hauraki
Waikato DHB Infant Child And Adolescent Mental Health Service
Mannaki Centre, c/- Thames Hospital
Phone: 0800 726 849 or (07) 868 9206

South Waikato, Waipa, Otorohanga, Waitomo & Ruapehu
Waikato DHB Infant Child And Adolescent Mental Health Service
Phone: 0800 154 973 or (07) 871 3671
Email: icamssouthcluster@waikatodhb.health.nz

Adult mental health service
Phone: (07) 834 6902 
Email: mentalhealth@waikatodhb.health.nz

Triskele Assessment and Therapy Services
Phone: (07) 838 3696 
Mobile: (027) 697 1686
Email: laurette@triskele.co.nz
Website: www.triskele.co.nz

The Psychology Centre
Phone: (07) 846 6907
Website: www.tpc.org.nz

Tanya Breen
Phone: (07) 849 4240
Email: tanya@tanyabreen.co.nz or admin@tanyabreen.co.nz
Website: www.tanyabreen.co.nz

Dianne Farrell
Phone: (07) 959 1815
Mobile: (021) 254 7132
Email: diannefarrell@xtra.co.nz

Kathy Orr
Phone: (07) 839 0005
Email: kath@psychologist.co.nz

 

Counsellors

Lyn Coker - for couples, individuals and youth
Phone: (07) 855 3232
Email: cognitiv@ihug.co.nz

Karen McCurry - disability specific, home visit service in Waikato area for individuals, couples and families
Phone: (027) 552 4519

Counselling Worx 
Phone: (07) 859 2929
Email: admin@counsellingworx.co.nz
Website: www.counsellingworx.co.nz

Cambridge Community House
Phone: (07) 827 5402

Care Services
Phone: (07) 858 3341

Adrienne Peacocke Counselling Services - Cambridge, Te Awamutu and Hamilton
Phone: (027) 428 8742

Men's Work
Phone: (021) 058 2208
Email: enquiries@menswork.co.nz
Website: www.menswork.co.nz

Ineke Castina
Phone: (021) 145 1327
Email: ineke@hamiltontherapy.co.nz
Website: www.hamiltontherapy.co.nz

Denise Mckenzie
Phone: (07) 858 3014 or (027) 493 9279
Website: www.hamiltoncounsellor.co.nz

 

Employment

Career Moves
Phone: (07) 839 7367
Mobile: (021) 260 7328
Email: info@careermoves.org.nz
Website: www.careermoves.org.nz

Enrich+
Phone: (07) 871 6410
Email: info@enrichplus.org.nz
Website: www.enrichplus.org.nz

Workwise Employment
Phone: (07) 857 1201
Website: www.workwise.org.nz

Workbridge
Phone: (07) 957 3700
Email: waikato@workbridge.co.nz
Website: www.workbridge.co.nz

Progress to Health
Phone: (07) 829 4822
Website: www.progresstohealth.org.nz

 

Supported living and accommodation

Hamilton Aspire Community Living
Phone: (07) 839 0183
Email: reception@aspire.org.nz
Website: www.aspire.org.nz

CCS Disability Action
Phone: (07) 853 9761 or 0800 227 2255
Email: Waikato.admin@ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz
Website: www.ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz

Community Living Trust
Phone: (07) 834 3700
Email: enquires@communityliving.org.nz
Website: www.communityliving.org.nz

Geneva Healthcare
Phone: (09) 353 5200 or 0508 466 322
Website: www.genevahealth.com

Pathways
Kakariki House
Phone: (07) 857 1203

Spectrum Care
Phone: (07) 843 1966
Website: www.spectrumcare.org.nz 

IDEA Services Hamilton
Phone: (07) 834 7237
Website: www.ihc.org.nz

IDEA Services Thames
Phone: [04] 495 2771
Email: gina.rogers@ihc.org.nz

TE Awamutu Connexu
Phone: (07) 871 8847
Email: fern@residential.org.nz  or admin@connexu.org.nz
Website: www.residential.org.nz

 

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03. Bay of Plenty / Tauranga

Social Groups

Support Net (NASC)
Ph (07) 571 0093
SupportNetBOP@bopdhb.govt.nz
http://www.bopdhb.govt.nz/services/support-net/

Parent to Parent
Suzie Haynes | Regional Coordinator Coastal Bay of Plenty
07 578 0222| 0508 236 236 |027 808 3945

Home Schooling Social Support Group
Carleen Gilbert
hssbayofplenty@gmail.com
https://homeschoolingsocialsupportbayofplenty.wordpress.com/

Asperger’s Connections
Run by 2 volunteer parents, Dorothy and Carol, with meetings once a month mainly for parents with children who are on the spectrum.
aspergersconnections@hotmail.com

Youth mentoring and groups
Run by Jason Edgecombe. Jason is available for one-to-one mentoring for youth and runs a few groups for youth. There is usually a small charge for these groups.
Jason@jasonspeakz.com
021 02457647

Support Organisations

Kaitiaki Coordination Service
ASD Coordination Function
Judy Norris - 07 571 0144 ext 704 judy.asd@kaitiakiservices.co.nz
For children and young people with an ASD diagnosis.

3D Coordination
Jan Glover - 07 571 0144 jan@kaitiakiservices.co.nz
Coordinate services so families can access support - will usually complete an assessment of the child and give recommendations to the family.

Te Whanau Kotahi
Ministry of Health Child Development service, able to work with children from birth till their 17th birthday.
Anyone can refer - they also accept self-referrals from families.
http://twk.org.nz/

Oasis - Open Home Foundation
Respite care available for children from 5-20 years.
To be referred from Support Net.
Contact person at Open Home foundation for any questions:
Florence Chihota
Senior Practitioner – Disability and High Needs
Tel: 07 579 2840
Florence.Chihota@ohf.org.nz

CCS Disability Action
Melissa Tierney
Community Support Coordinator
TEL: (07) 578 0063
DDI: (07) 571 5391
EML: melissa.tierney@ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz
Supported Employment Agency
07 571 6067
seatauranga@xtra.co.nz
Contact person - Belinda Sperling 
Sage Career Support
07 578 6443
Contact people:
Melody Jaesister
melody@turningpoint.org.nz
Rose Webber
rose@turningpoint.org.nz

Therapy

Dance Movement Therapy for children who are autistic
Susan Nel (more Whakatane base)
therapeuticdancewhakatane@gmail.com

Music Therapy
Helen McGann - helenmcgann@gmail.com

Developmental Therapy
Greta Maslin
http://www.free2flourish.co.nz and contact me via email greta@free2flourish.co.nz
Greta is a children’s Developmental Therapist. She provides individual play-based developmental therapy sessions and strategies tailored to your child’s needs and interests.

Behaviour support - Explore
https://www.healthcarenz.co.nz/support-we-provide/explore-specialist-advice/
To be referred from Support Net

Speech language therapy
WORDS - Jean de Wet 
Works from home in Omokoroa on Monday and Tuesday
Wednesday and Thursday in Bethlehem
Email: jean@words.nz
Phone: 07 548 2534
https://words.nz/

Speech language therapy
SpeechWorks Ltd - Anna Dury
5 Richmond Heights
Bethlehem
Ph. 07 213 0999
Work Days - Monday and Wednesday 9am – 5pm

Counsellors

Pauline Nagels - paulinenagels@gmail.com
021 037 7323
Pauline is not a specific ‘autistic’ counsellor; however, she has a fair bit of interest and knowledge. She is able to see children, youth, and adults.


Diagnosis

Chris McAlpine (027 874 4237)
Katharine Blackman (07 578 6968)
Quinton Chrystal (07 579 3609)

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04. Taupo

Adult diagnosis

Diagnostic pathway for adults is through adult mental health services.

Taupo Hospital
Phone: (07) 376 1000

Child and youth diagnosis

For 6-years and under, this is through the Child development team, who can be accessed through your GP. Diagnosis for 6-years and over is through ICAMHS (infant, child and adolescent mental health service). You can self-refer or get referred via the GP.

If you wish to go privately, you can contact:

Reinforcement Works - provides a full diagnostic assessment with recommendations and complete referrals to appropriate, if consent is given.
Address: Level 1, 1224 Tutanekai Street, Rotorua
Contact: Sheree Briggs, MA BCBA (Psychologist)
Mobile: (027) 463 8395
Email: sheree@reinforcementworks.co.nz
Website: www.reinforcementworks.co.nz

Gunther Van der Heijden
Address: 42 Lacebark Drive, RD1, Taupo
Phone: (021) 083 32154
Website: www.psychassessments.co.nz

Chris McAlpine - Psychologist in Tauranga. His preference is that if a family wish to approach him for private assessment then a Therapist would send him a txt with their details for contact so he can then call outside business hours.
Mobile: (027)874 4237


Education

ADDI - provides tutoring and one day schools for children with dyslexia, ASD and a GATE class which includes twice exceptional children. They run a Breakaway day once a month on a Saturday for parents to use their carer support days. They also run a private school for students with ASD. There is a cost involved with this.
Phone: (07) 376 5027
Address: 16 Opepe Street, Taupo
Email: info@addi.co.nz
Website: www.addi.co.nz

 

Counselling

Tuatara Counselling Services
Phone: (022) 692 7351
Email: tuataracounsellingservices@hotmail.com
Website: www.tuataracounsellingservices.nz

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05. Rotorua

Support Organisations

Citizens Advice Bureau Rotorua
Email: rotorua@cab.org.nz
Phone: 348 3936 or 0800 367 222
Website: www.cab.org.nz
Contact: Jane Eynon-Richards

Tipu Ora
Email: tipuora@tipuora.org.nz
Phone: 0800 348 2400 or 348 2400
Website: www.tipuora.org.nz

HIPPY – Home Interaction Programme For Parents and Youngsters
Email: office@familyfocus.org.nz
Phone: 346 2096
Website: www.familyfocus.org.nz
Contact: Faith Timu

Tool Box Parenting Groups
Contact: Dee Horne
Phone: 027 613 9067
Email: rotorua@theparentingplace.com
Website: www.theparentingplace.com

Stand Children’s Services
Email: midland@standforchildren.org.nz
Phone: 345 9097
Website: www.standforchildren.org.nz
Contact: Toni Hocquard - Manager

Rotorua Children’s Team
Email: RotoruaTeam@childrensactionplan.govt.nz
Phone: (07) 347 5011 Contact:
Claire Taipari – Coordinator

Imagine Better
Address: 1197 Amohia Street
Rotorua 3010
Email: mary@imaginebetter.co.nz
Phone: 07 282 2199 or 027 558 6565

Employment

Achieve Workplace Health
Email: srumbal@rgpg.co.nz
Phone: 343 1952

Dress for Success Rotorua
Email: rotorua@dressforsuccess.org
Phone: 348 3660
Website: www.dressforsuccess.org/rotorua
Contact: Martina Wineera

Advocacy

Nationwide Health and Disability Advocacy Service
Email: bronwens@hdc.org.nz
Phone: 349 0182 or 0800 555 050
Contact: Bronwen Scott

Personal Advocacy Trust Inc.
Phone: 07 393 5728 or 022 088 7439
Contact: Rachael Hindrup – Regional Advocate BOP
Website: www.personalaadvocacytrust.org.nz
Email: bayofplenty@pat.org.nz

Therapy & Counselling

Speech Therapy Service
Phone: 07 343 1371
Referrals from GPs, schools, parents and professionals. Ring and leave a message on 343 1371

Family Works
Email: admin.rotorua@fwn.org.nz
Phone: 349 0990
Website: www.familyworks.org.nz
Contact: Darrin Meynell

Seasons - Growing through Grief
Email: gtgrotorua@seasons.org.nz
Phone: 350 3384
Contacts: Gaelyn Brake
Community Groups (not autism-specific)
 

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06. Taranaki

Family support
Strengthening Families (Barnardos) Coordinator: Ruth Dudley
Contact: (06) 968 8532
ruth.dudley@barnardos.org.nz

Therapy
Psychologist/Counsellor: Dan Goodkind 027 545 5885 (also does private diagnosis)
Occupational Therapy: Lyndal Henry 027 459 8062
Stratford Optometrist (Irlens testing): (06) 765 7764

Support Organisations
NZ Care Disability: (06) 759 8046
Health Care NZ Hawera: (06) 278 0096
Explore Specialist Advice: 0800 000 421
Taranaki Disability Information and Resource centre: 28 Young St New Plymouth (06) 759 0019

Needs Assessments
Access Ability: 0800 758 700

Advocacy and complaints
Nationwide Health and Disability Advocacy Service
Advocates: Karen Angland and Kelly Davy
Phone: (06) 759 2111
karena@hdc.org.nz
Kelly.Davy@hdc.org.nz

Support Groups
Mum’s night out – 1st Thurs monthly from 7:30pm @ Crowded House (Dessert and coffee)
Contact: Karen Glenny (06) 751 2287 027 715 7751
Coffee Group – 3rd or 4th Friday monthly (venue varies) 9.30-11am
Contact: Carol Watson (06) 753 4207
ASD Connex – Last Saturday monthly 2-4pm Park City Church 94 Hurlstone Drive Waiwhakaiho
Contact: Theresa Tongi 021 079 2599

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07. Whanganui

Diagnosis

For 6-years old and under, this is through the Child development team, who can be accessed through your GP.

Diagnosis for 6-years old and over is through ICAMHS (infant, child and adolescent mental health service). You can self-refer or get referred via the GP.

Diagnostic pathway for adults is through adult mental health services. You can also access a private diagnosis at a cost.

Whanganui Hospital
Whanganui DHB - Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Addiction Service (ICAMHAS) - referrals are made through the triage nurse at Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Addictions.
Address: 100 Heads Road, Gonville, Whanganui
Phone: (06) 348 1901
Website: www.wdhb.org.nz

 

Support organisations

Access Ability Wanganui (NASC) - Disability - Children & Adults
Address: 244 Victoria Avenue Wanganui
Phone: (06) 348 8411
Email: wanganui@accessability.org.nz

Whanganui DHB (NASC) - Mental Health
Address: Private Bag 3003 Whanganui
Phone: (06) 348 3469
Fax: (06) 348 1255
Email: Mihi.Backhouse@WDHB.org.nz

IDEA Services – Whanganui
IDEA is an IHC service in your community
Address: 46 Alma Road, Wanganui
Phone: (06) 349 2650
Website: www.ihc.org.nz

CCS Disability Support
Address: Suite 12, Wicksteed Terrace, 212 Victoria Avenue, Whanganui
Phone: (06) 347 1176 or 0800 789 654
Email: Whanganui@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz
Website: www.ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz

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08. Manawatu

Diagnosis


For 6-years old and under, this is through the Child development team, who can be accessed through your GP.

Diagnosis for 6-years old and over is through ICAMHS (infant, child and adolescent mental health service). You can self-refer or get referred via the GP.

Diagnostic pathway for adults is through adult mental health services. You can also access a private diagnosis at a cost.

Palmerston North Hospital
Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health & Co Existing Disorder Service

MidCentral Health - Konini House, Community Village (entry via gate 13)
Address: 50 Ruahine Street, Roslyn, Palmerston North, Manawatu
Phone: (06) 350 8373 or 0800 653 0357

Horowhenua Health Centre - Levin
Address: 62 Liverpool Street, Levin
Phone: (06) 366 0031

Massey University Psychology Clinic - Palmerston North
The Psychology Clinic is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm on weekdays

Reception
Address: Bernard Chambers B, Library Road, Massey University, Tennent Drive, Palmerston North
Contacts: Annette Ross and Gail Shirley (Secretaries)
Phone: (06) 350 5196
Email: massey.clinic.pn@massey.ac.nz

Clinic
Contact: Dr Shane Harvey (Clinic Director)
Phone: (06) 356 9099 ext 84967

Support organisations

Enable New Zealand (NASC) - Palmerston North
Address: 585 Main Street, Palmerston North
Phone: 0800 362 253
Email: Enable@enable.co.nz
Website: www.enable.co.nz

IDEA Services – Manawatu
Address: 1 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North
Phone: (06) 350 9372

CCS Disability Action
Address: 248 Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North
Phone: (06) 357 2119 or 0800 227 2255
Email: Manawatu@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz
Website: www.ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz

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09. Gisborne

Diagnosis

Contact your local GP for a referral to Child Developmental Services:

Hauora Tairawhiti Gisborne Hospital
Contact: Lyn Davis, Team Leader Child Development Service
Visiting Neurodevelopmental Therapist, ASD Coordination
Address: 421 Ormond Road, Gisborne
Phone: (06) 869 0500 ext 8127

Once a diagnosis is confirmed contact a Needs Assessment Service Coordinator (NASC)

LIFE Unlimited Charitable Trust
Contact: Jackie Sidney, Client Support Administrator, NASC
Hours of work: Monday to Thursday 9.00am – 3.00pm
Address:105 Disraeli Street, Gisborne
Phone: (06) 986 4033 (DDI)
Mobile: (021) 0846 7891
Email: jackies@lifeunlimited.net.nz
Website: www.lifeunlimited.net.nz

 

Counselling

Contact your local GP.

 

Employment

Workbridge
Contat: James Bottrill (James is based in Napier however visits Gisborne fortnightly)
Address: Workbridge Hawkes Bay, Ground Floor, PriceWaterHouse Building, 36 Munroe Street Napier.
Phone: (06) 974 5501(DDI) or (021) 240 7488
Email jamesb@workbridge.co.nz

 

Support groups

Youth and Adult Support/Social Group
Meets on the first Wednesday of every month 4.00pm - 5.30pm
Address: Matariki Room, HB Williams Memorial Library, 34 Bright St, Gisborne

Support Groups for Whanau Parents and Caregivers
Meets on the second Tuesday of every month (except January) from 5.00pm. All welcome.
Address: Crazy Caterpillars. 2 Pitt Street, Gisborne

 

Support organisations

CCS Disability Action
Phone: (06) 867 1249 or 0800 227 2255.
Address: 7 Ormond Rd, Whataupoko, Gisborne
Email: thb@ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz  www.ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz 

Disabled Persons Assembly (DPA)
Phone: (04) 801 9100
Email: dpatairawhiti@ihug.co.nz 
Website: www.dpa.org.nz

Explore Specialist Advice NZ
Contact: Mahala Reynolds, Behaviour Support Specialist
Address: 79 Childers Road, Gisborne
Phone: (06) 281 0293 (DDI) or (021) 877 521 or 0800 000 421
Email: Mahala.Reynolds@explore.org.nz
Website: www.explore.org.nz

IDEA Services
Address: 124 Bright Street, Gisborne
Phone: 0800 442 442 or (06) 872 6600
Website:www.ihc.org.nz

Vulnerable Children
Te Pa Harakeke, The Tairawhiti Children’s Team
Organa Tamariki, Ministry for Children
Address: 42 Grey Street, Gisborne
Phone: (06) 986 4221

Comet Swim Club
Contact: Rochelle Sommerton - Learn to Swim Manager
Address: Awapuni, Gisborne
Phone: (06) 867 0698
Email: cometnz@ihug.co.nz   
Website: www.cometswimming.co.nz

Gisborne Trampoline Club
Contact: Doug Callahan, Head Coach
Address: ElectriNet Sports Centre, 537 Aberdeen Rd, Gisborne
Phone: (021) 425 044 or (06) 867 3383
Website: www.sporty.co.nz/gisbornetrampoline

Special OlympicsSports offered: Athletics, Bocce
Contact: Aroha Te Hau
Phone: (021) 066 2360 

 

Respite

Respite Care
Phone: 0800 677 700
Email: Hello@mycare.co.nz
www.mycare.co.nz

 

Legal

Tairawhiti Community Law Centre
Address: 85 Lowe Street, Gisborne
Phone: (06) 868 3392
Website: www.tairawhiticlc.co.nz

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10. Hawkes Bay

Support Groups

Autism New Zealand Hawkes Bay Branch runs a regular support group. Please contact the branch for more information.

Other ASD Support/Social groups are also available in the region. Please also contact the branch for details.

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11. Wairarapa

Diagnosis

Victoria University - psychology clinic carries out cognitive assessments and some interventions for a fee.
Open hours: Monday to Thursday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Phone: (04) 463 6400
Email: psychclinic@vuw.ac.nz

SPELD - can do an assessment to determine if your child has a specific learning disability such as dyslexia (written language) or dyscalculia (maths). They also provide follow-up intervention.
Website: www.speld.org.nz

ASD Coordinators DHB - the DHB’s ASD coordinators follow up with families who have a child that has a new diagnosis of ASD and/or can support families through the diagnostic process. Your local ASD Coordinator is Jasmine Gray.
Address: c/- FOCUS Wairarapa Hospital
Phone: 0800 900 001 or (06) 946 9813 Ext: 4085
Email: jasmine.gray@wairarapa.dhb.org.nz

Child Development Service
Hutt Valley DHB
Contact: Heather Drysdale
Phone: (04) 570 9993
Email: heather.drysdale@huttvalleydhb.org.nz

Wairarapa DHB
Contact: Margie van der Lans
Address: PO Box 96, Masterton 5840
Phone: (06) 3782134 or (027) 551 9758
Email: Margie.Vanderlans@wairarapa.dhb.org.nz


Support groups

Ausome kids - for ages 3 to 10 years.
Contact: Autism Wairarapa Charitable Trust
Phone: (06) 370 4590

Upper Hutt Special needs Indoor Sports
Contact: Robyn Stokes (manager)
Phone: (04) 976 7468 or (021) 065 9872.
Email: robynls@clear.net.nz

 

Support organisations

CCS Disability Action
Phone: 0800 227 2255
Phone: (06) 378 2426 (Wairarapa)
Phone: (04) 567 891 (Lower Hutt)
Email: info@CCSDisabilityaction.org.nz

Family Works
Phone: (04) 439 4900 (Wellington)
Phone: (04) 528 4164 (Hutt Valley)
Phone: (06) 308 8028 (Wairarapa)

IDEA Services
Phone: 0800 273 7587

The IHC Library
Website: www.ihc.org.nz
Phone: 0800 442 442

The Open Home Foundation of NZ
Phone: (04) 566 3990 (Hutt Valley)
Phone: (06) 378 2195 (Wairarapa)

Parent to Parent
Phone: (04) 569 9398 (Wellington)
Email: wellington@parent2parent.org.nz

Positive Partnerships
Website: www.positivepartnerships.com.au

SuperGrans
Phone: (06) 377 3115 (Wairarapa)
Phone: (04) 566 9778 (Hutt Valley)

Supporting Families Wairarapa
Phone: (06) 3773081 (Wairarapa)
Website: www.sfwai.org 

The Wellington City Mission
Phone: (04) 389 2033 (Wellington)

Strengthening Families - will coordinate all the agencies you are involved with to work out how best to support your situation.
Website: www.strengtheningfamilies.govt.nz 

The Wellington Early Intervention Team (WEIT)
Phone: (04) 567 4082 (Wellington)
Website: www.weit.org.nz

Needs Assessment Service Coordination Agency (NASC)
FOCUS (Wairarapa DHB area)
Phone: (06) 946 9813

Life Unlimited (Hutt Valley DHB area)
Phone: (04) 569 3102

Autism Intervention Trust - supports families to access behavioural interventions for their child as well as running a Wellington-based holiday programme and gym
Website: www.autisminterventiontrust.org.nz

The Educational Psychology Clinic
Phone: (04) 463 9772
Email: jeff.sigafoos@vuw.ac.nz

Skylight Counselling and Support Services
Phone: (04) 920 9967
Website: www.skylight.org.nz

King Street Art Works - a creative space for those who have used mental health services
Phone: (06) 378 9777
Website: www.kingstreetartworks.co.nz

Citizens Advice Bureau
Website: www.cab.org.nz

Wairarapa
Phone: (06) 377 0078 or 0800 367 222

Petone
Phone: (04) 568 8877
Email: cab.petone@xtra.co.nz

Upper Hutt
Phone: (04) 528 9040
Email: cab.upperhutt@clear.net.nz

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12. Wellington

Support Groups

Parent to Parent NZ Inc - Wellington Office
Phone: 04 569 9398
Email: wellington@parent2parent.org.nz
Website: www.parent2parent.org.nz
Coordinator: Shona Joy. 

The Cloud 9 Foundation
Phone: 04 232 4795
Email: admin@cloud9foundation.co.nz
Website: www.withyoueverystepoftheway.com
Coordinator: Bill Murray.  Bill works 9 – 3 in the school term only.

Facebook Groups
Autism in NZ - https://www.facebook.com/groups/22057177435/
Autism Action NZ - https://www.facebook.com/groups/539897906136075/?ref=groups
VIPinNZ - https://www.facebook.com/groups/639074169528061/?ref=groups

Diagnosis

A referral for diagnosis through the public health system can be made by a GP.  If a diagnosis of autism is made, this should result in a referral to the Child Development Team for follow up through the ASD Coordinator.

Capital and Coast District Health Board: Child Development Team Child Health Services
Based at the Puketiro Centre, Kenepuru Hospital, Porirua and Ewart Building, Newtown, Wellington.  Phone 237 5222.
Caroline Arrell ASD Coordinator 
caroline.Arrell@ccdhb.org.nz 
DDI 04 918 2800 – Int.ext. 7842.  (as from 18-5-2016)
Cut-off age of sixteen years. But for many older children, the CAMHS may be more appropriate.
Needs Advisor at Capital Support 
(04) 2306400 or (04) 385 5999

Hutt Valley District Health Board: Child Development Team Child Health Services
Phone 237 5222
Based at the Puketiro Centre, Kenepuru Hospital, Porirua and Ewart Building, Newtown, Wellington. 

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
Locations and Intake Officer numbers:
21 Hania St, Mt Victoria, Wellington 6011.  Ph 801 2960
5th Floor, Pember House, Hagley St, Porirua.  Ph 237 2860
Kapiti Health Centre, Warrimoo Street Paraparaumu.  Ph 801 2960
Infant, Child, Adolescent and Family Service (ICAFS) - Nikau Centre
CSS – (Child Specialty Service) ages 0 – 12 years and their families

Referral must be through GP or another health professional to the CSS Team Leader. Phone 04 570 9600

YSS – (Youth Specialty Services)
Ages 13 – 18 years inclusive.  (18 yo living independently see the Adult Mental Health Service).

Referral can be by family or young person in question to the YSS Team Leader Phone 04 570 9600.

 

Diagnosis in the private health system does not need a referral:

Massey University. Psychology Clinic.
Phone (04)801 0492.
Children and adults can self-refer.

Victoria University Psychology training Clinic
phone: 04 463 6400
email: psychclinic@vuw.ac.nz

Ken Weinstock (Consultant Psychologist)
Knowledgeable about autism and Asperger’s syndrome
Hutt hospital

Wellington Psychological Associates
phone: (04) 472 0710
E-mail: info@welpa.co.nz
http://www.welpa.co.nz/
Self-referrals allowed.

Dr Nicole Pray (Consultant Clinical Psychologist)
Nicole Pray Consulting Limited
www.drnicolepray.com
027 513 4443
nicolepray@rof.net

Kim Coldham-Fussell
027 788 2481
http://www.kimcoldham-fussell.com
kim.cf@windowslive.com

Ray Powell (Registered Psychologist)
Telephone: (04) 478-7005
Mobile: (022) 413-6577
powellpsychology@gmail.com
http://www.rellyseeker.net/powellpsychology/

HopeWorks Foundation
http://www.hopeworks.org.nz/the-brainhub/miscellaneous/new-treatment-programmes/psychology-based-services/psychiatry
www.facebook.com/HopeWorksFoundation

Annemette Sorensen
Ph 021 910 440
http://www.annemettesorensen.co.nz/
annemette.s@xtra.co.nz

Roxie Orr (Clinical Psychologist)
Khandallah, Wellington
Telephone: 021 982 644
http://www.roxieorrpsychology.co.nz/

Lynne Goodbrand 
Kapiti Psychological Associates, Po Box 1458, Paraparaumu Beach 5252.  
021 02993427
kapitpsychologicalassociates@gmail.com

Josephine Leach
Phone 479 5980
Cell 027 4426 5030

Carol Laubscher
Integrated Learning Therapy (ILT)
www.integratedlearningtherapy.co.nz
Tel/fax 04 5675568
Mobile 021 02446163
 

Financial Support

Work and Income NZ Allowances: Autism knowledgeable - Jennifer (front desk) 
For information on any benefit or allowance Work and Income New Zealand - 0800 559 009. www.workandincome.govt.nz
Health & Disability Coordinator, WINZ – ph 918 4685

TalkLink
www.talklink.org.nz
They may be able to assist families with funding applications for communication equipment.

Assistance in childhood and early childhood

Assistance with Nappies
Janette Ford
Hutt Valley DHB – Paediatric Community Nursing
Phone 566 6999 Ext 2608

Selena Ransfield
Capital Coast DHB – Paediatric Community Nursing
Phone 385 5999 Ext 7347

Assistance with fencing
Ministry of Health ‘Enable Funding’ may be able to assist if this is an essential requirement. This need will be assessed by a Community Occupational Therapist.
Capital Coast Health
04 385 5999
Community Health
04 570 9672

Group Special Education (GSE) (previously SES) 570 3666.
For assistance at a kindergarten.

ISADD (Intervention Services for Autism and Developmental Delay)
NZ coordinator: Ann Cowan  (04) 478 2025
ABConsultants 
abconsultantsNZ@gmail.com  

Wellington Early Intervention Trust
Please contact the Manager (Victoria) Phone 567 4082
www.weit.org.nz

Children’s Therapy Clinic
Phone 589 4959

Therapy Associates
Phone 527 9582
 

Assistance when at school

There are two special schools, Kimi Ora (www.kimiora.school.nz) and Kapi-Mana (kapimana@xtra.co.nz). There are also special education units. Contact GSE regarding these.

Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS)
Group Special Education
www.minedu.govt.nz
570 3666

Student Support Development Officer
Bill Barrett  telephone 04 463 8684  bill.barrett@minedu.govt.nz

Facilitator
Vijaya Dharan, telephone 04 463 8953 vijaya.dharan@minedu.govt.nz

If you are not sure who to contact at the Ministry about special education, please call 0800 622 222 or email the special education team in Wellington on special.education@minedu.govt.nz.
 

Therapy

Robyn Armour (OT, previously worked with Tautoko Services and is now in private practice.)
robynarmour@gmail.com
0272430680

Independent Living – Johnsonville
04 478 6482

Amelie Gingras, New Zealand Registered Occupational Therapist
Over 8 years experience working as a paediatric OT
incrediblekidsnz@gmail.com − 027 715 4389

Kimberly West OT 
kim@kidsconnect.co.nz

Diane Sprugnell OT 
04 589 4959
www.childrenstherapy.co.nz

Rosemary Emery Speech and Language Therapist
04 902 0021
retro@paradise.net.nz

Muno Richards Speech and Language Therapist
021 263 1389

Christian Wright Speech and Language Therapist
04 972 2559
christian.wright@paradise.net.nz

Inclusive Communication LTD Speech and Language Therapist
Autism, social pragmatics, AAC
www.inclusive-communication.co.nz
022 499 6737

Jenni Lyons feeding, autism, communication, speech-language
https://www.facebook.com/SLTJenniferLyons
 

Support with Mental Health 

Community Mental Health (good contact: Lesley Dee)
Regional Service by CCDHB, HVDHB and Wairarapa DHB
Intensive Clinical Service (up to 17 years)
Phone: 570 9600

Ann Marie Pike Counsellor
Chrysalis, Paraparaumu. 

Sherine Mettini Counselling and coaching
04 972 441/ 029 972 441
sherinem@clear.net.nz
http://www.talkingworks.co.nz/dir/102.html

Ava Gibson
Orb Solutions
http://www.orbsolutions.co.nz/index.html

Lion Heart Education
Reduce stress and anxiety by playing games
Lynnette can be contacted at info@lionhearteducation.com or, for more information and research, check out the website at www.lionhearteducation.com.  Free 15-minute phone consultation available. 022 044 9976 
For the monthly newsletter please email info@lionhearteducation.com.

Short-term, cheap counselling options:
Salvation Army, Phone 389 0594.  
Wellesley Church and Counselling, Phone 384 7695.  
Anxiety New Zealand Trust http://www.anxiety.org.nz/ Phone 09 849 2375 or 0800 ANXIETY (24-hour support line)
 

Support Organisations

IHC
National Office – phone 04 472 2247
Phone: 04 471 6637
E-mail: librarian@ihc.org.nz

Tautoko
Email: tautoko@actrix.gen.nz
Ann Woodside
Phone: 04 233 01 64

Single Parents Birthright Wellington
Amanda Hartmann-Barter, Wellington & Porirua Social Worker
04 499 0055  /  0800 457 146
office email:  info@birthrightwellington.org.nz

Personal Advocacy Trust
http://www.patrust.org.nz/

MASH Trust
http://www.mashtrust.org.nz/child-youth-crisis-respite.html

NZ Care group
http://www.healthcarenz.co.nz/clients-families/disability-support/autism-support/

Specialised Cares Services Wellington
Phone:  04 569 6697 – Rebecca
Email:  rebecca@specialisedcare.co.nz

SuperGrans – Lower Hutt
http://supergrans.publishpath.com/
 

Recreation

Autism Intervention Trust
http://www.autisminterventiontrust.org.nz/wordpress/?page_id=44

YMCA
http://ymcawellington.org.nz/homepage/home-v2-3-col-images-contact/holiday-programmes/
They occasionally have holiday programmes for kids with special needs, but inquire with them regarding your child’s needs.

IHC 
http://www.ihc.org.nz/our-services/services-for-children-and-young-people/ 

Riding for the Disabled
Hutt Valley Group
Silverstream
ph 04 527 8360

Mixed Ability Gymnastic Classes
Please contact Lynne Breed 
Phone 387-1193 for further details.

Learning Connection, Taita
Low pressure, non-exam place to learn art skills. Accommodating to a wide range of people and at least one family has found it to be a positive space for their adult child with autism.

Vincent’s Art Workshop
Phone: 499 1030

Art Compass
Marcel Baaijens 384.8407(h).

Lifestyle Gym
Phone 04 569 6664 

ACE House (Wellington After Care Association)
Phone: 04 385 7302

New Directions
One-year Adult Education Program
New Directions is a one-year course located at the Porirua Campus of Whitirea Polytechnic. Maximum enrollment: 13 people, with 2 tutors.
Michelle Love - 237 3103 ext 3756

The Halberg Trust - Activity Fund
www.halberg.co.nz

Marguerite Christophers
Sport Wellington
Phone 04 380 0142 

Big Air Gym - Tawa
Special needs gym class.
 

Residential Services

Get in touch with the NASC in your area: http://www.health.govt.nz/yourhealth-topics/disability-services/needs-assessment-and-services-coordination-services

Get in touch with community residential support services: http://www.health.govt.nz/yourhealth-topics/disability-services/community-residential-support-services

In the event that you are not eligible for these services, or they are not suitable for you, you could try CCS Disability Action: http://www.ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz/lifestages/becoming-an-adult

Keys Housing
Keys Social Housing provides independent living and practical support around managing a tenancy. Wellington, Whanganui, New Plymouth, Hamilton and Auckland.
http://www.keyssocialhousing.co.nz/contact

Spectrum Care
Spectrum Care has recently (July 2017) started offering respite services in the Wellington region, for children, young people, and adults.
http://www.spectrumcare.org.nz/

Community Connections
Community Connections is a supported living service, though they do also have some residential options. You will need to be referred through the NASC.
http://www.ccslt.org.nz/home/

Pathways Support Services
www.pathways.co.nz

Salvation Army
Christine Puddick
383 8465

Dawn Trust
Phone: 04 566 9477  

IHC
568 2929
Hillary Heath-Caldwell – the contact for people under 20 years of age.

Open Home Foundation
This foundation may be able to assist you in organising a foster family. It often has a 2-3 week wait list.
Phone: 04 479 1205

Challenge 2000
This agency may be able to assist you in organising a foster family.
Phone: 04 477 0338

KaraHandD’s  
Phone: 567 2622

Kapiti Welcome Trust
04 905 3100

For urgent situations or after hours

• Lifeline: 0800 543 354 (available 24/7)

• Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) (available 24/7)

• Youthline: 0800 376 633

• Kidsline: 0800 543 754 (available 24/7)

• Whatsup: 0800 942 8787 (1pm to 11pm)

• Depression helpline: 0800 111 757 (available 24/7)

• Rainbow Youth: (09) 376 4155

• Samaritans 0800 726 666 

If the child/young person’s behaviour is of serious concern, contact:
Child Youth and Family Service
Phone 04 916 2100  (Or  04 237 5277 after hours)

OR

If the child/young person’s emotional or mental state is seriously worrying contact:
Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team (CATT)
Phone 04 494 9169
The CATT team provides 24-hour, 7-day-per-week urgent assessment and treatment of mental health problems. In a crisis they will provide professional support and, where required, will link you to other mental health agencies.

OR

Life Unlimited 
Phone 04 569 3102

Help in preparing and coping in an earthquake

We have found these links very helpful and would like to share them with you, please stay safe and be prepared.

https://www.fema.gov/…/20130726-1445-20490-6732/fema_476.pdf

http://www.getthru.govt.nz/how-to…/people-with-disabilities/

http://www.getthru.govt.nz/how-to-get-ready

When Stuff Happens

Resources in Kapiti

Te Ara Korowai is a vibrant creative, community hub in Kapiti.  

They facilitate workshops, peer advocacy and peer support for people.

http://tearakorowai.org.nz/

Phone: (04) 299 6981

 

 

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13. Nelson / Marborough

Adult diagnosis

Contact your local GP for a referral to Adult Mental Health Services.
If you experience difficulties with this option, please contact the Branch for further discussion.

If you wish to go privately, you can contact:
Nelson:

Dr Garth Smith - Paediatrician at Specialists at
Lower Queen Street Health
Address: 355 Lower Queen Street, Richmond, Nelson.
Phone: (03) 544 8818 or (03) 546 7007
Website: www.kidsdoc.co.nz

TACTICS Nelson - user pays part of Tautoko Services
Phone: (04) 233 0164.
Email: regional@tautoko.org.nz 
Website: www.tautoko.org.nz

Blenheim:
Maggie Dewar - Clinical Psychologist
Address: 22 D George Street, Blenheim
Phone: (03) 578 7615 or (027) 563 018
Email: m.dewar@xtra.co.nz

 

Child and youth diagnosis

Contact your local GP for a referral to Paediatrician up to age 15 years, or CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) if the young person is over 15 years.
Phone: (03) 546 1800

Or if you wish to go privately, you can contact:

Dr Garth Smith - Paediatrician at Specialists at
Lower Queen Street Health
Address: 355 Lower Queen Street, Richmond, Nelson
Phone: (03) 544 8818 or (03) 546 7007
Website: www.kidsdoc.co.nz

TACTICS Nelson - user pays part of Tautoko Services
Phone: (04) 233 0164
Email: regional@tautoko.org.nz 
Website: www.tautoko.org.nz

 

Respite 

Carers New Zealand – National Career Matching Service. Contact Support Works for a referral and more information:
Phone: 0800 777 797
Website: www.carers.net.nz

NZCare Disability (division of Healthcare NZ)
Address: 355 Lower Queen Street, Richmond
Phone: (03) 547 0585

 

Employment

Workbridge
Nelson Phone: (03) 546 7560
Motueka Phone: (03) 528 1040
Blenheim Phone: (03) 984 3510

WORKSTAR
Address: 70 Waimea Road, Nelson
Phone: (03) 546 9206

Options (previously Neighbourhood Connections) - they will assist in giving support to a person with ASD, i.e. planning goals, mentoring, and guidance into work or further education. Please contact Support Works for a referral.
Nelson Phone: (03) 545 7499
Blenheim Phone: (03) 577 9094

CCS Disability Action
Website: www.uppersouth.ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz

Nelson
Address: 65 Trafalgar Street, Nelson
Phone: (03) 548 4479

Blenheim
Address: 9 Sinclair Street, Blenheim
Phone: (03) 578 1170

 

Supported living and accommodation

IHC – IDEA Services
Nelson Phone: (03) 548 4229
Blenheim Phone: (03) 578 0949

Disability Support Services (division of Nelson/Marlborough District Health Board)
Nelson Phone: (03) 546 1671
Blenheim Phone: (03) 520 9999

NZCare Disability (division of HealthCare of NZ)
Address: 355 Lower Queen Street, Richmond
Phone: (03) 547 0585
Website: www.nzcare.co.nz

Options (previously Neighbourhood Connections) - they provide a service for people who want to live in their own place or their family home with support. Please contact Support Works for a referral.
Nelson Phone: (03) 545 7499   
Blenheim Phone: (03) 577 9094

 

Legal

Nelson Bays Community Law Service
Phone (03) 548 1288 or (03) 577 9919 or 0800 246 146
Zindels Barristers & Solicitors
Address: 21 New St, Nelson
Phone: (03) 548 3268
Email: office@zindels.co.nz

Public Trust
Phone: 0800 371 471
Email: info@publictrust.co.nz
Website: www.publictrust.co.nz

Nelson
Address: 9 Buxton Square, Nelson

Blenheim
Address: The Forum Building, Cnr Queen & High Streets, Blenheim

Beneficiaries & Unwaged Workers Trust Nelson - providing information and advice on welfare laws. Advocating for people who have problems with governmental agencies.
Address: 31 Selwyn Place, Nelson
Phone: (03) 548 8171

 

Support organisations

Support Works – the needs assessment agency
Address: 66 Oxford Street, Richmond, Nelson  
Phone: (03) 539 3976

Marlborough Health Hub
Address: 22 Queen Street, Blenheim 
Phone: (03) 520 8765, or 0800 244 300
Email: support.works@nmdhb.govt.nz

Altogether Autism – information service 
Phone: 0800 273463
Email: nelson@altogetherautism.org.nz
Website: www.altogetherautism.org.nz 

Ahorangi Consultant & Services - provides hands on help and best practice advice in teaching and care of people with ASD. 
Contact: Tim Powell
Phone: (021) 544 550
Website: www.ahorangi.com

ASD Plus Education for families - this is a free programme for pre-school age children diagnosed with ASD delivered by Explore Specialist Advice. A referral from Support works or ASD Coordinator (NMDHB Child Development Services) or a paediatrician will be required.
Phone: 0800 000 421 
Email: explore@explore.org.nz

Explore Behaviour Support Services (division of HealthCare NZ) - specialist behavior support services for children and adults with a disability and who have challenging behaviour. A referral from Support Works will be required.
Address: 355 Lower Queen Street, Richmond
Phone: (03) 547 0585, or 0800 000 421
Website: www.explore.org.nz

Assessment, Therapy and Training Service – a service offering a variety of Assessment, Behaviour, Communication, Therapy and Training. Contact Tactics (part of Tautoko Support Services). This is a private, user-pays service.
Phone: (04) 233 0164
Email: regional@tautuko.org.nz
Website: www.tautoko.org.nz

Cloud 9 Children’s Foundation - Asperger Syndrome
Website: www.withyoueverystepoftheway.com  

Citizens Advice Bureau - free advice
Website: www.cab.org.nz

Nelson
Address: 9 Paru Road, Nelson
Phone: (03) 548 2117
Email: cab.nelson@xtra.co.nz 

Blenheim
Address: Marlborough Community Centre, 25 Alfred Street, Blenheim
Phone: (03) 578 4272
Email: cab.marlborough@xtra.co.nz  

Dyspraxia Support Group Nelson
Phone: (03) 358 3249
Email: dyspraxia.centre.org.nz
Website: www.dyspraxia.org.nz

 

Therapy

Dyslexia and other learning difficulties
Website: www.dyslexiafoundation.org.nz
Website: www.davisdyslexia.co.nz
Website: www.davisautism.com

Speld New Zealand
Website: www.speld.org.nz

Konstanca Friedrich Palzer of Dyslexia Correction
Address: Tasman Bay, Marahau, RD2 Motueka
Phone: (03) 527 8060
Website: www.DyslexiaCorrectionTasmanBay.co.nz

Epilepsy New Zealand
Address: 319 Hardy Street, Nelson
Phone: (03) 546 6398
Email: nelson@epilepsy.org.nz

Fragile X
Phone: 0508 938 0552
Website:: www.fragilex.org.nz

Joya Centre - offers Listening Training by certified Tomatis Consultant and Psychotherapist Paulina Aarts.
Address: 49 Brougham Street, Nelson
Phone: (03) 539 1360
Email: joyacentre@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.joyacentre.co.nz 

Nurturing Minds, Blenheim - counselling, Therapy, Parenting Solutions & Behaviour Management. This is a private, user-pays service.
Contact: Melissa Wolfe (Registered Psychologist)
Phone: (027) 209 9926
Email: melissa@nurturingminds.nz
Website: www.nurturingminds.nz

Pelim - offers private healthcare services including dietician, occupational therapist, play therapist, psychologist, social worker, speech language therapy, teachers, and coaches.
Phone: (03) 547 4999
Email: maryanne@pelim.co.nz

SoundsnWords - Speech Language Therapy (private) in Tasman/Marlborough
Contact: Susan Aitken (Speech Language Therapist)
Phone: (027) 902 7033
Email: soundsnwords.slt@gmail.com
Website: www.soundsnwords.co.nz

CCS Disability Action - provides information, support and advocacy for children, young adults and adults and their families who have a disability.
Nelson
Address: 65 Trafalgar Street, Nelson
Phone: (03) 548 4479

Marlborough
Address: 9 Sinclair Street, Mayfield, Blenheim
Phone: (03) 578 1170

Family Works (Presbyterian Support) - provides social work and family support.
Address: 360 Annesbrooke Drive, Stoke, Nelson
Phone: (03) 547 9350

IHC / IDEA Services Nelson/Marlborough
Phone: 0800 273 7587

Marlborough Children’s Team - identify support and protect vulnerable children.
Address: Floor 1, Porse Building, 1 Market Street, Blenheim.
Phone: (03) 579 1072
Website: www.childrensactionplan.govt.nz

Parent to Parent Nelson - this is a support and information network for parents of children with special needs offering information, courses and Support Groups in Nelson and Blenheim.
Phone: (03) 544 2502
Email: nelson@parent2parent.org.nz

Strengthening Families - strengthening families helps families to get access to services they need and brings together families and all agencies that have a part to play in helping the family. 
Website: www.strengheningfamilies.govt.nz

Supporting Families
Nelson
Address: Alma House, Level 1 83A Buxton carpark, Nelson
Phone: (03) 546 6090

Motueka
Phone: (03) 528 7790

Marlborough
Address: 68 Seymour Street, Blenheim
Phone: (03) 577 5491

Inclusive Sports Trust Nelson
Contact: Heather or Sharona Gordon
Phone: (03) 548 5955 (Heather)
Mobile: (027) 545 8158 (Sharona)
Email: heather@inclusivesport.org.nz
Website: www.inclusivesport.org.nz

Moving is Fun
Contact: Linda and Steve Mace
Phone: (03) 546 6013
Email: just.gym@xtra.co.nz

Riding for the Disabled
Nelson Phone: (03) 544 8960
Motueka Phone: (03) 528 0227
Blenheim Phone: (03) 5787350

Special Olympics
Website: www.specialolympics.org.nz

Sport Tasman/Halberg Trust
Address: Saxton Sports Facility, 142 Saxton Road, East Stoke, Nelson
Phone: (03) 546 7910

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14. Otago

Adult diagnosis

Contact your local GP for a referral to Adult Mental Health Services at the Southern District Health Board, this is a Free Service.  You could also ask your GP to if you choose to wait (and sometimes it is a long wait up to 12 – 18 months) for a referral to the University of Otago Clinical Psychology Centre, this is a Free service. 

If you wish to go privately, you can contact:  

Dr Marilyn Willis
Phone: (022) 477 5399 
Email: Marilyn.willis@aspergers.consulting
Website: www.aspergers.consulting

Dr Tony Attwood - Australia
Phone: +61 7 3285 7888
Website: www.tonyattwood.com.au

University of Otago – Clinical Psychology Centre
Phone: (03) 479 7627

 

Child and youth diagnosis 

Contact your local GP and express your concerns and ask for a referral to a Paediatrician (up to age 15 years) or CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services) at Southern District Health Board, this is a Free service. 

If you wish to go privately, you can contact:

Marinoto Clinic
Contact: Dr Pam Jackson - Paediatrician 
Phone: (03) 467 6605

Mornington Health Centre  
Contact: Dr Andrew Kelly - Paediatrician
Phone: (03) 466 5011 

Dr Marilyn Willis
Phone: (022) 477 5399 
Email: Marilyn.willis@aspergers.consulting
Website: www.aspergers.consulting

Dr Tony Attwood - Australia
Phone: +61 7 3285 7888
Website: www.tonyattwood.com.au

University of Otago – Clinical Psychology Centre
Phone: (03) 479 7627

 

Counselling

Mirror Counselling
Phone: (03) 479 2970 


Education 

Ministry of Education, Special Education – provide services in the early childhood sector and schools. 
Website: www.education.govt.nz 

Dunedin Office
Address: 414 Moray Place, Dunedin
Phone: (03) 471 5200
Email: enquires.dunedin@education.govt.nz

Southern Lakes Office
Address: Barry Ave, Cromwell
Phone: (03) 445 3750 

 

Employment

Workbridge
Address: John Wickliffe House, 265 Princes Street, Dunedin
Phone: (03) 477 0877 

University of Otago – Disability Services
Phone: (03) 479 1100 

Otago Polytechnic
Phone: (03) 477 3014 

Career Services
Phone: 0800 222 733 

CCS Disability Action - offers services in Supported Employment, Leaving School Support, Youth & Adult information, support and advocacy to make choices about where to live, work and spend leisure time and ongoing support to make it happen. 
Address: 514 Great King Street, Dunedin
Phone: (03) 477 4117
Website: www.ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz

Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ) - disability, work placement advisor, when you are ready to look for employment ask your current case manager if you could have an appointment with this disability, work placement advisor. 

Day Programme Providers
Many of the following options are dependent upon approval of funds by Access Ability, the needs assessment agency. 

MARC – Mosgiel Ability Resource Centre 
Phone: (03) 489 0029

Cargill Enterprises
Address: 199 Hillside Road, Dunedin
Phone: (03) 455 5119

IDEA Services - Switch Programme
Phone: (03) 477 6968

Stuart Base
Phone: (03) 477 5250

Art Space
Phone: (03) 477 3282 

 

Social groups

Autism New Zealand Adult Group - meets once a month, please phone the Otago Branch for more details.

Sport and Recreation Special Olympics - offers a range of activities in Dunedin. 
Website: www.specialolympics.org.nz

Swimsation Swim School - these classes are held at Moana Pool, and they have a session called Spike Swim Class, this is for special needs children. 
Phone: (03) 471 9780 

 

Support organisations

Access Ability - Needs Assessment Agency (NASC) provides a ‘needs assessment’ to assist people identify their support needs and design an individual package to meet those needs including funding.  They may also provide funding towards the costs of Carer Support, so that you can have someone look after the person with ASD to give you a break.   
Address: Ground Floor, Burns House, 10 George Street, Dunedin
Phone: 0800 75 8700 

ASD Plus Education for Families - this is a free programme for pre-school age children diagnosed with ASD delivered by Explore Specialist Advice.  A referral from Access Ability or ASD Coordinator SDHB or Paediatrician will be required.
Phone: 0800 000 421
Email explore@explore.org.nz

CCS Disability Action - provides information, support and advocacy for children, young adults and adults and their families who have a disability.
Address: 514 Great King Street, Dunedin
Phone: (03) 477 4117 

Family Works (Presbyterian Support) - provides social work and family support
Phone: (03) 477 7116 

IHC / IDEA Services
Address: 42 King Edward Street, South Dunedin
Phone: (03) 466 3850 

ADHD Online Support
Website: www.adhd.org.nz 

Explore Behaviour Support Services (division of HealthCare NZ) - specialist behaviour support services for children and adults with a disability and who have challenging behaviour. A referral from Access Ability or ASD Coordinator SDHB or Paediatrician will be required. 
Address: 392 Hillside Road, Dunedin
Phone: 0800 000 421
Email: explore@explore.org.nz

Altogether Autism – information service
Phone: 0800 273 463
Email: otago@altogetherautism.org.nz
Website: www.altogetherautism.org.nz 

Cloud 9 Children’s Foundation – Asperger Syndrome
Website:  www.withyoueverystepoftheway.com 

Citizens Advice Bureau - free advice
Address: 301 Moray Place, Dunedin
Phone: 0800 367 222 

Disability Information Services
Address: Dunedin Community House, Corner Moray Place and Great King Street, Dunedin
Phone: (03) 471 6152
Email: info@disabilityinfo.co.nz
Website: www.disabilityinfo.co.nz 

Dyslexia and other learning difficulties
Website: www.dyslexiafoundation.org.nz
Website: www.davisdyslexia.co.nz
Website: www.davisautism.co.nz

Speld New Zealand
Website: www.speld.org.nz

Epilepsy New Zealand
Address: 283 Moray Place, Dunedin
Phone: (03) 471 6207
Email: otago@epilepsy.org.nz 

Fragile X - learn more and find support
Phone: 0508 938 0552
Website: www.fragilex.org.nz 

 

Supported living and accommodation

Choices in Community Living
Phone: (03) 466 3055
Website: www.cct.org.nz

CCS Disability Action
Phone: (03) 477 4117
Website: www.ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz
 
IDEA Services 
Phone: (03) 466 3850
Website: www.ihc.org.nz/idea-services
   
PACT 
Phone: (03) 477 6641
Website: www.pactgroup.co.nz

Corstorphine Baptist Community Trust 
Address: 336 South Road, Dunedin
Phone: (03) 487 8707 
Website: www.cbct.org.nz

McGlynn Homes 
Address: 10 Balmacewen Road, Dunedin
Phone: (03) 467 6560
Website: www.mcglynn.co.nz

Mt Cargill Trust 
Website: www.mtcargilltrust.org.nz 

 

Therapy

CARA - speech therapy
Phone: (03) 474 0897 

SHOUT - Central Otago
Phone: (027) 254 8331 

 

Respite

My Care - this is a website that has been designed that you can search for people who have registered on this website and are looking for employment, and you can also place an advertisement on this website saying what “key points” you are looking for in a carer. 
Phone: 0800 67 7700
Website: www.mycare.co.nz 

 

Holiday programmes

Aspire Kids Holiday Programme
Contact: Angela Olsen
Phone: (022) 043 3641

 

Legal 

Community Law Otago
Address: First Floor, 169 Princes Street, Dunedin
Phone: (03) 474 1922 

Public Trust Dunedin
Address: Ground Floor Plaza House, 243 Princes Street, Dunedin
Phone: 0800 371 471
Email: info@publictrust.co.nz
Website: www.publictrust.co.nz 

Nationwide Health and Disability Advocacy Service
Phone: (03) 479 0265, or 0800 555 050
Website: www.hdc.org.nz

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15. Canterbury / West Coast

Support Groups

Parent support group: on the last Friday of every month from 10-11.30am. Contact Karen.
karen.holmes@autismnz.org.nz

Young adult social group: Monday nights. Contact Jeff.
adultsupport.canterbury@autismnz.org.nz

Lego group: A group that uses Lego to help build social and communication skills. Contact Mallory.
mallory.quail@gmail.com

Professionals/Support Organisations

Children & Youth Diagnosis 

In order to get an assessment via the public system, it is necessary to get a referral via your GP to the paediatric team at the CDHB.
Alternatively, you can get a private diagnosis from the professionals listed below.

Adult Diagnosis

Ruth Baker - arbak@clear.net.nz www.avaruthbaker.com
Olive Webb - 021 225 6633 owebb@iahs.com
University of Canterbury - 369 4336, psychology@canterbury.ac.nz www.psyc.canterbury.ac.nz

Support Organisations

Work and Income - www.workandincome.govt.nz
CCS - 03 365 5661 or 0800 227 2255 Canterbury@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz
Lifelinks - 0800866877
Workbridge - 03 962 8369

Day Services

AJ day programme 3749839
Chris Ruth Centre - http://www.chrisruthcentre.co.nz/ Phone 03 339 2930
Fax 03 339 2981
Mobile 027 540 8561
Email admin100@chrisruthcentre.co.nz

Recreation

Ten-Pin Bowling Group:
Every Tuesday evening a small group meet at Garden City Bowl to socialise and partake in ten-pin bowling. Each session costs $10 and runs for approximately an hour from 7pm. We also welcome siblings and friends to come along and join in the fun if they wish to. The more the merrier.

Clip 'n’ Climb at the YMCA Adventure Centre:
The Autism Evening runs every Wednesday during the school term from 4.00pm until 5.15pm. These sessions are run under the guidance of expert tutors.
Entry is payable on the door at The YMCA Adventure Centre, 239 Waltham Road, Christchurch.

Badminton Group:
Thursday evening sessions, between 4pm and 5pm, at Badminton Hall, Pages Road (next to Cowles Stadium). Run in conjunction with Badminton Canterbury and Special Olympics. These fun sessions allow for skill development.
All ability levels (over the age of 8 years) are welcome. Family members may to come along and join in as well, as the group always requires people to hit the shuttle back!

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16. Southland

Diagnosis


Dr Marilyn Willis - based in Dunedin but happy to travel to Southland to meet families
Website: www.aspergers.consulting

Dr Ian Shaw - needs a referral by a registered professional – Doctor, Plunket, Public Health, Well Child Services
Address: PO Box 612 Invercargill
Phone: (027) 654 1363
Email: babydoc@xnet.co.nz

Children’s Health - Southern DHB
Contact: Carmen Lobb (ASD/Developmental Coordinator)
Address: Private Bag 1921, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
Phone: (03) 474 0999 ext 58667 
Mobile: (027) 645 6799
Email: carmen.lobb@southerndhb.govt.nz

 

Education

Southern Institute of Technology (SIT)
Freephone: 0800 40 3337 ext 8752
Phone: (03) 211 2699 ext 8752
Text: 027 6055 965
Email: claire.oneill@sit.ac.nz

 

Employment

IDEA Services
Phone: (03) 218 8188
Email: southland@idea.org.nz 

Workbridge
Phone: (03) 214 0227
Email: trudyk@workbridge.co.nz

Southland Disability Enterprises
Phone: (03) 214 6188
Email: enquiries@sde.org.nz

Koha Kai
Phone: (021) 0820 5422
Email: janicel.kohakai@gmail.com

 

Support organisations


CCS
Phone: (03) 218 9616
Email: Southland@ccsDisabilityAction.org

Dyslexia Southland
Contact: Chris (Support Coordinator)
Phone: (021) 124 7538
Email: dyslexiasouthland@gmail.com
Website: www.dyslexiasupportsouthland.co.nz 

Community Care Trust
Phone: (03) 211 0021
Email: info@cct.org.nz

DRC Southland
Phone: (03) 214 5000 or 0800 100 531
Email: info@drcsouth.co.nz

Parent to Parent
Phone: (03) 214 3179
Email: southland@parent2parent.org.nz

ADHD
Website: www.adhd.org.nz

IDEA Services
Phone: (03) 218 8188
Email: southland@idea.org.nz

Southern Institute of Technology (SIT)
Contact: Liv Hall (Disability Support Liaison Officer)
Freephone: 0800 40 3337 ext 8752
Phone: (03) 211 2699 ext 8752
Text: (027) 6055 965
Email: liv.hall@sit.ac.nz

Special Olympics
Phone: (03) 225 8704
Email: southland@specialolympics.org.nz

Halberg Trust
Phone: 0800 425 2274 (0800 HALBERG)
Email: bridget@halberg.co.nz

Riding for Disabled
Phone: (03) 213 0464
Email: committee@rdasouthland.org.nz

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