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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: suglenpsych@gmail.com 

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

Dr Marilyn Willis
Email: Marilyn.willis@aspergers.consulting
Website: www.aspergers.consulting

 
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

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.
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

Olya Kolyaduke - Child and Family psychologist with experience supporting children, young people, and their families with ASD around social skills or challenges around mental health.
Email:  o.kolyaduke@gmail.com
Website: www.youngminds.co.nz

 

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: Employment@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
Phone: (09) 846 0913
Email: youthadultsupport.auckland@autismnz.org.nz

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
Phone: (09) 846 0913
Email: youthadultsupport.auckland@autismnz.org.nz

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
Phone: (09) 846 0913
Email: youthadultsupport.auckland@autismnz.org.nz

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.org.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

Adult diagnosis

Adult Mental Health Service 
Address: 193 London Street, Hamilton, 3204
Phone: (07) 834 6902 
Email: mentalhealth@waikatodhb.health.nz 
Website: www.waikatodhb.health.nz

Dr Marilyn Willis 
Email: Marilyn.willis@aspergers.consulting
Website: www.aspergers.consulting

Kathy Orr 
Address: 130 Rostrevor Street, Hamilton, 3204
Phone: (07) 839 0005
Email: kath@psychologist.co.nz 

Tanya Breen
Address: 15 Cattanach Street, St Andrews, Hamilton, 3200
Phone: (07) 849 4240
Email: tanya@tanyabreen.co.nz or admin@tanyabreen.co.nz 
Website: www.tanyabreen.co.nz

The Psychology Centre
Address: 5 King Street, Frankton, Hamilton, 3204
Phone: (07) 846 6907
Email: tpc@tpc.org.nz
Website: www.tpc.org.nz

Triskele Assessment and Therapy Services 
Address: 1/310 Tristram Street, Hamilton, 3204
Email: laurette@triskele.co.nz 
Phone: (07) 838 3696 or (027) 697 1686 
Website: www.triskele.co.nz

 

Child and youth diagnosis

Child Development Centre (CDC)
Address: 222 Pembroke Street, Hamilton, 3204
Phone: (07) 839 8899 ext. 98709

Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (ICAMHS)
Address: 206 Collingwood Street, Hamilton Lake, Hamilton, 3204
Phone: (07) 839 8886
Email: ICAMHSadmin@waikatodhb.health.nz
Website: www.waikatodhb.health.nz

Nga Ringa Awhina
Address: 195 Collingwood Street, Hamilton, 3204
Phone: (0800) 99 99 03 or (07) 839 5146
Email: referral@ngaringaawhina.org.nz

Waikato DHB Infant Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
Mannaki Centre for Thames - Coromandel/Hauraki
Address:
6 Rotokohu Road, Paeroa
45 Tiki Rd, Coromandel
19 Buffalo Beach, Whitianga
101 Lincoln Road, Whangamata

Phone: 0800 726 849 or (07) 868 9206
Email: ruralnorthsector@waikatodhb.health.nz

Waikato DHB Infant Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
South Waikato, Waipa, Otorohanga, Waitomo & Ruapehu
Address: 298 Alexandra St, Te Awamutu, 3800
Phone: (0800) 154 973 or (07) 871 3671
Email: icamssouthcluster@waikatodhb.health.nz

Counselling

Adrienne Peacocke Counselling Services
Address: 160 Mahoe Street, Te Awamutu, 3800
Phone: (027) 428 8742
Website: www.healthkit.com

Cambridge Community House
193 Shakespeare Street, Leamington, Cambridge, 3432
Phone: (07) 827 5402
Email: office@camcomhouse.org.nz
Website: www.camcomhouse.org.nz

Counselling Worx
Address: 6 Wellington Street, Hamilton East, Hamilton, 3216
Phone: (07) 859 2929
Email: admin@counsellingworx.co.nz
Website: www.counsellingworx.co.nz

Denise McKenzie
Address: Suite 1, Reid House, 114 Alexandra Street, Hamilton, 3204
Phone: (07) 858 3014 or (027) 493 9279
Email: denisemck114@gmail.com
Website: www.hamiltoncounsellor.co.nz

Ineke Castina
Address: First Floor, Federated Farmers Bld, 169 London Street, Hamilton, 3240
Phone: (021) 145 1327
Email: ineke@hamiltontherapy.co.nz
Website: www.hamiltontherapy.co.nz

Karen McCurry
Address: 91E Kahikatea Drive, Melville, Hamilton, 3206
Phone: (027) 552 4519
Email: Karen@RelateCounselling.nz
Website: www.relatecounselling.nz

Lyn Coker
Address: 7 Oxford Street, Fairfield, Hamilton, 3214
Phone: (07) 855 3232
Email: cognitiv@ihug.co.nz

Men's Work
Address: Level 2, 169 London Street, Hamilton, 3240
Phone: (021) 058 2208
Email: enquiries@menswork.co.nz
Website: www.menswork.co.nz

 

Employment

Career Moves
Address: 55 London Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton, 3204
Phone: (07) 839 7367 or (021) 260 7328 
Email: info@careermoves.org.nz
Website: www.careermoves.org.nz

Enrich +
Address: 48 Teasdale Street, Te Awamutu, 3800 
Phone: (07) 871 6410
Email: info@enrichplus.org.nz
Website: www.enrichplus.org.nz

Workwise Employment
Address: Kakariki House, 293 Grey Street, Hamilton East, Hamilton, 3216
Phone: (07) 857 1201
Email: info@workwise.org.nz
Website: www.workwise.org.nz

Workbridge
Address: 1110 Victoria Street, Whitiora, Hamilton, 3204
Phone: (07) 957 3700
Email: waikato@workbridge.co.nz
Website: www.workbridge.co.nz

Progress to health 
Address: 25 Claudelands Road, Hamilton East, 3214
Phone: (07) 829 4822 
Website: www.progresstohealth.org.nz

 

Supported living and accommodation

CCS Disability Action
Address: 17 Claudelands Road, Hamilton, 3216
Phone: (07) 853 9761 or (0800) 227 2255
Email: Waikato.admin@ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz
Website: www.ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz

Community Living Trust
Address: 180 Collingwood Street, Hamilton Lake, Hamilton, 3204
Phone: (07) 834 3700
Email: enquires@communityliving.org.nz
Website: www.communityliving.org.nz

Geneva Healthcare
Address: 80 Palmerston Street, Hamilton Lake, Hamilton, 3204
Phone: (09) 916 0200 or (0508) 466 322
Website: www.genevahealth.com

Hamilton Aspire Community Living
Address: 103 Tawa Street, Melville, Hamilton, 3206
Phone: (07) 839 0183
Email: reception@aspire.org.nz
Website: www.aspire.org.nz

IDEA Services Hamilton
Address: 2 Von Tempsky Street, Hamilton East, Hamilton, 3216
Phone: (07) 834 7237 or (07) 834 7200
Website: www.ihc.org.nz

Pathways
Address: Kakariki House, 293 Grey Street, Hamilton East, Hamilton, 3216
Phone: (07) 857 1203
Email: waikato@pathways.co.nz
Website: www.pathways.co.nz

Spectrum Care
Address: 103 Tawa Street, Melville, Hamilton, 3206
Phone: (07) 843 1966 or (07) 843 9690
Email: info@spectrumcare.org.nz
Website: www.spectrumcare.org.nz

Te Awamutu Connexu
Address: 67 Palmer Street, Te Awamutu, 3800
Phone: (07) 871 8847
Email: fern@residential.org.nz or admin@connexu.org.nz
Website: www.residential.org.nz

Thames IDEA Living Services
Address: 4 Hall Street, Paeroa, 3600
Phone: (07) 577 3170
Email: gina.rogers@ihc.org.nz
Website: www.ihc.org.nz

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03. Bay of Plenty / Tauranga

Adult diagnosis

Chris McAlpine 
Phone: (027) 874 4237

Katharine Blackman 
Address: 56 Seventh Avenue, Tauranga City, 3110
Phone: (07) 578 6968

Quinton Chrystal 
Address: 14 Elder Lane
Phone: (07) 579 3609
Email: q.h.chrystal@gmail.com

Dr Marilyn Willis 
Email: Marilyn.willis@aspergers.consulting
Website: www.aspergers.consulting

 

Counselling

Pauline Nagels 
Phone: (021) 037 7323
Email: paulinenagels@gmail.com
Website: www.boptherapyfoundation.co.nz 

 

Social Groups

Support Net (NASC)
Address: 510 Cameron Rd, Tauranga, 3110
Phone: (07) 571 0093
Email: SupportNetBOP@bopdhb.govt.nz
Website: www.bopdhb.govt.nz/services/support-net/

Parent to Parent
Phone: (07) 578 0222 or (027) 808 3945
Email: cbop@parent2parent.org.nz

Home Schooling Social Support Group
Email: hssbayofplenty@gmail.com
Website: www.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.
Email: 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.
Phone: (021) 02457647
Email: Jason@jasonspeakz.com

 

Support Organisations

Kaitiaki Coordination Service
Address: 47 Fraser Street, Tauranga, 3112
Phone: (07) 571 0144 ext 704
Email: judy.asd@kaitiakiservices.co.nz 

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

Te Whanau Kotahi
Anyone can refer - they also accept self-referrals from families.
Address: 112 13th Avenue, Tauranga, 3112
Phone: (07) 571 4768
Website: www.twk.org.nz

Oasis - Open Home Foundation
To be referred from Support Net.
Address: 14a Elder Lane, Bethlehem, Tauranga, 3110
Phone: (07) 579 2840
Email: bayofplenty@ohf.org.nz
Website: www.ohf.org.nz

CCS Disability Action
Address: Peter Hereford Centre, 74 14th Avenue, Tauranga 3112
Phone: (07) 578 0063 or 0800 227 2255
Email: bop@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz
Website: www.ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz

Supported Employment Agency
Tauranga:
Address: 314 Cameron Road, Tauranga, 3110
Phone: (07) 571 6067
Email: seatauranga@xtra.co.nz
Mt Maunganui:
Address: 52 Girven Road, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, 3116
Phone: (07) 575 2576
Email: seabayfair@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.supportedemploymentagency.org.nz

Sage Career Support
Phone: (07) 578 6443
Email: melody@turningpoint.org.nz
Email: rose@turningpoint.org.nz

 

Therapy

Behaviour support - Explore
Website: www.healthcarenz.co.nz/support-we-provide/explore-specialist-advice/

Dance Movement Therapy
Email: therapeuticdancewhakatane@gmail.com

Developmental Therapy
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.
Email: greta@free2flourish.co.nz
Website: www.free2flourish.co.nz 

Music Therapy
Email: helenmcgann@gmail.com
Website: www.musicmovesmetrust.co.nz

SpeechWorks Ltd
Address: 5 Richmond Heights, Bethlehem, 3110
Phone: (07) 213 0999

Words
Phone: (07) 213 0999
Email: jean@words.nz
Website: www.words.nz

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04. Taupo

Adult diagnosis

Dr Marilyn Willis 
Email: Marilyn.willis@aspergers.consulting
Website: www.aspergers.consulting

 

Child and youth diagnosis

Chris McAlpine
Mobile: (027)874 4237

Gunther Van der Heijden
Address: 42 Lacebark Drive, RD1, Taupo, 6037 
Phone: (021) 083 32154
Website: www.psychassessments.co.nz


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. 
Address: 16 Opepe Street, Taupo, 3377
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

Counselling

Family Works
Address: 48 Biak St, Mangakakahi, Rotorua, 3015
Phone: (07) 349 0990
Email: admin.rotorua@fwn.org.nz
Website: www.familyworks.org.nz

Reinforcement Works
Address: Level 1, 1224 Tutanekai Street, Rotorua, 3010
Mobile: (027) 463 8395
Email: sheree@reinforcementworks.co.nz
Website: www.reinforcementworks.co.nz

Rocking Horse Therapy
Address: 460 Corbett Rd, Ngakuru, Rotorua, 3077
Phone: (021) 132 0422
Email: Claire@rht.net.nz
Website: www.rockinghorsetherapy.net.nz

Seasons - Growing through Grief
Phone: (07) 350 3384
Email: gtgrotorua@seasons.org.nz

Speech Therapy Service
Phone: (07) 343 1371

 

Employment

Achieve Workplace Health
Address: 1181 Amohia St, Rotorua, 3010
Phone: (07) 343 1952
Email: srumbal@rgpg.co.nz


Dress for Success Rotorua
Address: 1124 Eruera St, Rotorua Central, Rotorua, 3010
Phone: (07) 348 3660
Email: rotorua@dressforsuccess.org
Website: www.dressforsuccess.org/rotorua

Goal Digger
Address: 1134-1136 Fenton St, Rotorua, 3040
Phone: (07) 393 2424
Website: www.goaldigger.co.nz

Workbridge Rotorua
Address: Level 1, Community House, 1172 Haupapa St, Rotorua, 3010
Phone: (0508) 858 858
Email: rotorua@workbridge.co.nz
Website: www.workbridge.co.nz

 

Support Organisations

Citizens Advice Bureau
Address: 1143 Eruera St, Rotorua, 3010
Phone: (07) 348 3936 or (0800) 367 222
Email: rotorua@cab.org.nz
Website: www.cab.org.nz

iCAMHS – infant Child Adult Mental Health Services
Address: Children’s Health Hub, Te Aka Mauri, 1127 Haupapa Street, Rotorua, 3015
Phone: (07) 343 5005
Email: infoiCAMHS@lakesdhb.govt.nz

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

HIPPY – Home Interaction Programme For Parents and Youngsters
Address: Family Focus Rotorua, 1115 Pukaki Street, Rotorua, 3010
Phone: (07) 346 2096
Email: office@familyfocus.org.nz 
Website: www.familyfocus.org.nz 

NASC – Needs Assessment Service Coordinator
Address: Lakes NASC Rotorua, 2 Ranolf Street, Rotorua, 3010 
Phone: 07 3431030
Email: nasc.admin@lakesdhb.govt.nz

Nationwide Health and Disability Advocacy Service
Phone: (07) 349 0182 or (0800) 555 050
Email: bronwens@hdc.org.nz

Parent to Parent
Address: 1225 Pukuatua St, Rotorua, 3010
Phone (07) 3463 231

Personal Advocacy Trust Inc.
Phone: (07) 393 5728 or (022) 088 7439
Email: bayofplenty@pat.org.nz
Website: www.personalaadvocacytrust.org.nz

Rotorua Children’s Team
Phone: (07) 347 5011 
Email: RotoruaTeam@childrensactionplan.govt.nz

Stand Children’s Services
Address: 2/6 Moana Terrace, Lynmore, Rotorua, 3010
Phone: (07) 345 9097
Email: midland@standforchildren.org.nz
Website: www.standforchildren.org.nz

Tipu Ora
Address: Tunohopu Health Centre, 16/26 Houkotuku Street, Ohinemutu, Rotorua, 3010
Phone: (0800) 348 2400 or (07) 348 2400
Email: tipuora@tipuora.org.nz
Website: www.tipuora.org.nz

Tool Box Parenting Groups
Phone: (027) 613 9067
Email: rotorua@theparentingplace.com
Website: www.theparentingplace.com

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06. Taranaki

Support groups

Coffee Group
Phone: (06) 753 4207

Mum’s Night Out 
Address: Crowded House
Phone: (06) 751 2287 or (027) 715 7751

 

Support organisations

Access Ability
Address: Level 1, Kings Building, 36 Devon Street West, New Plymouth, 4310
Phone: 0800 758 700
Email: contact@accessability.org.nz

ASD Connex 
Address: Park City Church, 94 Hurlstone Drive, Waiwhakaiho, 4312
Contact: Theresa Tongi
Phone: (021) 079 2599

Explore Specialist Advice
Phone: (0800) 000 421

Nationwide Health and Disability Advocacy Service
Phone: (06) 759 2111
Email: karena@hdc.org.nz or Kelly.Davy@hdc.org.nz
Website: www.advocacy.org.nz

NZ Care Disability 
Address: 214 Devon Street East, New Plymouth, 4310
Phone: (06) 278 0096 or (06) 278 3650
Website: www.healthcarenz.co.nz

Strengthening Families Barnardos
Address: 36 186A Tukapa Street, New Plymouth, 4310
Phone: (06) 968 8542 or (021) 279 5831
Email: ruth.dudley@barnardos.org.nz
Website: www.strengtheningfamilies.govt.nz

Taranaki Disability Information and Resource centre
Address: 28 Young Street, New Plymouth, 4310
Phone: (06) 759 0019

 

Therapy

Dan Goodkind - Psychologist/Counsellor 
Address: 187 Powderham Street, New Plymouth, 4310
Phone: (027) 545 5885

Lyndal Henry - Occupational Therapist
Address: 32 Hine Street, Flat 4, New Plymouth, 4310
Phone: (027) 459 8062

Stratford Optometrist 
Address: 65/67 Miranda Street, Stratford, 4332
Phone: (06) 765 7764
Website: www.stratfordoptometrists.co.nz

 

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07. Whanganui

Adult diagnosis

Dr Marilyn Willis
Email: Marilyn.willis@aspergers.consulting
Website: www.aspergers.consulting

 

Child and youth diagnosis

Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Addiction Service (ICAMHAS)
Address: 100 Heads Road, Gonville, Whanganui, 4501
Phone: (06) 348 1901
Website: www.wdhb.org.nz

 

Support organisations

Access Ability Wanganui (NASC) - Disability Children & Adults
Address: 244 Victoria Avenue, Wanganui, 4500
Phone: (06) 348 8411
Email: wanganui@accessability.org.nz

CCS Disability Support
Address: Suite 12, Wicksteed Terrace, 212 Victoria Avenue, Whanganui, 4500
Phone: (06) 347 1176 or (0800) 789 654
Email: Whanganui@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz
Website: www.ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz

IDEA Services Whanganui
Address: 46 Alma Road, Wanganui, 4501
Phone: (06) 349 2650
Website: www.ihc.org.nz

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

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08. Manawatu

Adult diagnosis

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

Dr Marilyn Willis 
Email: Marilyn.willis@aspergers.consulting
Website: www.aspergers.consulting

 

Child and youth diagnosis

Horowhenua Health Centre 
Address: 62 Liverpool Street, Levin, 5510
Phone: (06) 366 0031

MidCentral Health - Konini House, Community Village (entry via gate 13)
Address: 50 Ruahine Street, Roslyn, Palmerston North, 4442
Phone: (06) 350 8373 or (0800) 653 0357

Palmerston North Hospital - Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health & Co Existing Disorder Service
Address: 50 Ruahine Street, Roslyn, Palmerston North, 4442
Phone: (06) 356 9169

 

Support organisations

CCS Disability Action
Address: 248 Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North, 4414
Phone: (06) 357 2119 or (0800) 227 2255
Email: Manawatu@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz
Website: www.ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz

Enable New Zealand (NASC)
Address: 585 Main Street, Palmerston North, 4410
Phone: (0800) 362 253
Email: Enable@enable.co.nz
Website: www.enable.co.nz

IDEA Services – Manawatu
Address: 1 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North, 4410
Phone: (06) 350 9372

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09. Gisborne

Adult diagnosis

Dr Marilyn Willis 
Email: Marilyn.willis@aspergers.consulting
Website: www.aspergers.consulting

LIFE Unlimited Charitable Trust 
Address: 105 Disraeli Street, Gisborne, 4010
Phone: (06) 986 4033 (DDI) or (021) 0846 7891
Email: jackies@lifeunlimited.net.nz 
Website: www.lifeunlimited.net.nz

 

Child and youth diagnosis

Hauora Tairawhiti Gisborne Hospital - Neurodevelopmental Therapist, ASD Coordination
Address: 421 Ormond Road, Gisborne, 4010
Phone: (06) 869 0500 ext 8127

 

Legal

Tairawhiti Community Law Centre
Address: 85 Lowe Street, Gisborne, 4010
Phone: (06) 868 3392
Website: www.tairawhiticlc.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, 4010

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, 4010

 

Support organisations

CCS Disability Action
Address: 7 Ormond Road, Gisborne, 4010
Phone: (06) 867 1249 or 0800 227 2255.
Email: thb@ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz  www.ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz 

Comet Swim Club
Phone: (06) 867 0698
Email: cometnz@ihug.co.nz   
Website: www.cometswimming.co.nz

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

Explore Specialist Advice NZ
Address: 79 Childers Road, Gisborne, 4010
Phone: (06) 281 0293 (DDI) or (021) 877 521 or 0800 000 421
Email: Mahala.Reynolds@explore.org.nz
Website: www.explore.org.nz

Gisborne Trampoline Club 
Address: ElectriNet Sports Centre, 537 Aberdeen Rd, Gisborne, 4010
Phone: (021) 425 044 or (06) 867 3383
Website: www.sporty.co.nz/gisbornetrampoline

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

Special Olympics - Sports offered: Athletics, Bocce
Phone: (021) 066 2360 

Vulnerable Children
Te Pa Harakeke, The Tairawhiti Children’s Team, Organa Tamariki, Ministry for Children
Address: 42 Grey Street, Gisborne, 4010
Phone: (06) 986 4221

 

Respite

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

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10. Hawkes Bay

Adult diagnosis

Hawkes Bay Hospital
Phone: (06) 878 8109 ext 5851

Tobias Schulze - Clinical Psychologist 
Mobile: (027) 390 7074
Email: contact@talktherapy.co.nz
Website: www.talktherapy.co.nz

 

Child and youth diagnosis

Child Adolescent and family Service (CAFS)
Address: 398 Omahu Road, Hastings, 4120

Child Development service – can be assessed through your GP.

Child and Youth Assessment
Cognitive, learning, social, emotional, developmental and behavioural assessments
Mobile: (021) 0227 3500
Email: janine@stepsforlearning.nz
Website: www.stepsforlearning.nz

Claire Benton - Clinical/ASD Coordinator
Child Development Service
Email: Claire.Benton@hbdhb.govt.nz

Outside-the-Box Clinical Psychology - Wolfgang Greve Clin.Psych.Reg.
Address: 10 Hershell Street, Napier, 4110 
Mobile: (021) 424 415

 

Education

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

Disability support services EIT Hawkes Bay
Email: info@eit.ac.nz
Website: www.eit.ac.nz

Barbara West - Disability Liaison (at EIT)
Phone: (06) 830 1049

Work and Life skills at EIT
Phone: (06) 974 8000 ext. 5080

Elen Nathan - Occupational Therapist
Email: Elen.nathan.ot@gmail.com
Mobile: (021) 0206 1360

 

Employment

Hohepa - Vocational programmes ranging from craft skills for weaving, felt making, woodwork, candle making, farming and gardening
Phone: (06) 870 0426 
Website: www.hohepa.com

Workbridge
Address: Workbridge Hawkes Bay, Ground Floor, Price Water House Building, 36 Munroe Street, Napier, 4110
Phone: 06 974 5501 (DDI) or (021) 240 7488
Email: jamesb@workbridge.co.nz 

 

Social groups

Lego Social Skills Group
Mobile: (021) 0206 1360
Email: Elen.nathan.ot@gmail.com
Website: theplayfulplace.co.nz

Sailabilty Hawkes Bay with Katy Kenah
Email: sailabilityhb@xtra.co.nz

Special Olympics Hawkes Bay
Contact: Margaret Baker
Mobile: (021) 421 249
Website: www.specialolmpics.org.nz

Taekwondo with Ben Evans in Hawkes Bay
Mobile: (027) 8573 045
Email: president@specialneedstaekwondo.nz
Website: www.specialneedstaekwondo.nz

 


Supported living and accommodation

 

Geneva
Phone: 0800 436 382
Website: info@genevahealth.com

Idea Services
Phone: (06) 872 7881

Health Care NZ
Phone: (06) 834 4214
Email: napier.office@healthcarenz.co.nz
Website: www.healthcarenz.co.nz

Hohepa - residential, schooling and vocational
Phone: (06) 870 0426
Website: www.hohepahawkesbay.com

 


Support organisations

Bay Autism Support
Phone: 021 164 8406
Email: bayautismsupport@xtra.co.nz

CCS Disability Action
Phone: (06) 834 0499
Email: TBH@ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz
Website: www.ccsdiabilityaction.org.nz

Explore - Specialist advice including ASD services, support people with challenging behavior. 
Phone: (0800) 000 421
Email: explore@explore.org.nz
Website www.healthcarenz.co.nz

Hohepa 
Phone: (06) 870 0426
Email: NASK.HB@hbdhb.govt.nz
Website: www.hohepahawkesbay.com

Parent to Parent NZ
Phone: (0508) 236 236
Email hawkesbay@parent2parent.org.nz
Website: www.parent2parent.org.nz

Social Circle - Action for Autism Tāuhapai Takiwātanga Trust
Mobile: (027) 274 5390
Email: action4autism@outlook.co.nz

Specialist Education services Learning support - work with young people with special educational and developmental needs
Phone: (06) 833 67 30

Talk Link - Assistive Technology Service
Phone: (0800) 825 554
Website: www.talklink.org.nz


Therapy

Janine Moran Educational Psychologist - Therapeutic and counselling support for children and youth with ASD and their families
Mobile: (021) 0227 3500
Email: janine@stepsforlearning.nz
Website: www.stepsforlearning.nz

Mosaics - provides a community based vocational service for adults with disabilities
Phone: (06) 844 4636

Gary Davidson - Music Therapist
Mobile: (021) 0240 8641
Email: garhythm@hotmail.com

Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre
Phone: (06) 8703990
Email: willdarbyshire@rmtc.org.nz
Website: http://www.rmtc.org.nz

Riding for the Disabled 
Phone: (06) 8340556
Email: napierrda@gmail.com
Website: www.napierrda.co.nz

SPELD (Specific learning difficulties) – offers one on one diagnostic assessment and specialized tuition for people with specific learning disabilities, including dyslexia. It offers information, support, advice and training.
Phone: (0800) 773 536
Email: central@speld.org.nz
Website: www.speld.org.nz

Stable Hearts Hawkes bay
Phone: (027) 576 8082
Website: www.stablehearts.co.nz

The Playful PlaceElen Nathan Occupational Therapist, specialising in the play based therapy using sensory modulation approach
Phone: (021) 0206 1360
Email: elen.nathan.ot@gmail.com
Website: www.theplayfulplace.co.nz


Respite


Geneva
Phone: 0800 436 382
Website: info@genevahealth.com

Healthcare NZ
Phone: (06) 834 4214
Email: napier.office@healthcarenz.co.nz
Website: www.healthcarenz.co.nz


Holiday Programmes


Parent to parent NZ- support and information for parents of children with special needs
Email: [email protected]parent@parent.org.nz

Stable Hearts Hawkes Bay
Mobile: (027) 576 8082

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11. Wairarapa

Adult diagnosis

Dr Marilyn Willis 
Email: Marilyn.willis@aspergers.consulting
Website: www.aspergers.consulting

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

 

Child and youth diagnosis

 

Victoria University - psychology clinic carries out cognitive assessments and some interventions for a fee.
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: Wairarapa Hospital, Te Ore Ore Road, Lansdowne, Masterton, 5810
Phone: (0800) 900 001 or (06) 946 9813 Ext: 4085
Email: jasmine.gray@wairarapa.dhb.org.nz

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

 

Support groups

Ausome kids - for ages 3 to 10 years.
Phone: (06) 370 4590

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

 

Support organisations

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

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

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

IDEA Services
Phone: 0800 273 7587

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

Needs Assessment Service Coordination Agency (NASC)
Phone: (06) 946 9813

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

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

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

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 

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)

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

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

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12. Wellington

Adult diagnosis

Carol Laubscher - Integrated Learning Therapy (ILT)
Phone: (04) 5675568 or (021) 02446163
Website: www.integratedlearningtherapy.co.nz

Dr Marilyn Willis 
Email: Marilyn.willis@aspergers.consulting
Website: www.aspergers.consulting

Dr Nicole Pray - Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Address: Level 5, Pencarrow House, 58-66 Jervois Quay, Wellington, 6011
Phone: (027) 513 4443
Email: nicolepray@rof.net
Website: www.drnicolepray.com

Josephine Leach
Address: 2 Ganges Road, Khandallah, Wellington, 6035
Phone: (04) 479 5980 or (027) 4426 5030
Email: jleech@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.nzccp.co.nz

Kim Coldham-Fussell
Address: 217 High Street, Lower Hutt, 5011
Phone: (021) 206 9400
Email: kim.cf@windowslive.com
Website: www.kimcoldham-fussell.com

Lynne Goodbrand - Kapiti Psychological Associates
Address: 22 Raumati Road, Raumati Beach, Paraparaumu, 6035
Phone: (021) 02993427 
Email: lgoodbrand@gmail.com or kapitipsychologicalassociates@gmail.com
Website: www.nzccp.co.nz

Ray Powell (Registered Psychologist)
Address: 5 Trinidad Cres, Grenada Village, Wellington, 6037
Phone: (04) 478 7005 or (022) 413 6577
Email: ray@powellpsychology.nz
Website: www.powellpsychology.nz

Roxie Orr (Clinical Psychologist)
Phone: (021) 982 644
Website: www.roxieorrpsychology.co.nz

Victoria University Psychology Training Clinic
Phone: (04) 463 6400
Email: psychclinic@vuw.ac.nz
Website: www.victoria.ac.nz

Wellington Psychological Associates
Address: Level 5, 166 Featherston Street, Wellington 
Phone: (04) 472 0710
E-mail: info@welpa.co.nz
Website: www.welpa.co.nz

 

Child and youth diagnosis

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.

Email: info@ccdhb.org.nz
Website: www.ccdhb.org.nz
Cut-off age of sixteen years. But for many older children, the CAMHS may be more appropriate.
Needs Advisor at Capital Support
Phone: (04) 230 6400 or (04) 385 5999

Hutt Valley District Health Board: Child Development Team Child Health Services
Phone: (04) 237 5222 or (04) 566 6999
Address: 638 High Street, Lower Hutt,
Website: www.huttvalleydb.org.nz

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
Locations and Intake Officer numbers:
Wellington:
Address: 21 Hania St, Mt Victoria, Wellington 6011.
Phone: (04) 801 2960
Email: tewharetipu.admin@ccdhb.org.nz
Porirua:
Address: Level 3, BNZ Tower, Hartham Place, Porirua
5th Floor, Pember House, Hagley St, Porirua.
Phone: (04) 237 2860 or (04) 381 1660
Kapiti:
Address: Kapiti Health Centre, Warrimoo Street Paraparaumu.
Phone: (04) 801 2960 or (04) 903 0260
Email: kcmht@ccdhb.org.nz
Wairarapa:
Address: Level 2, 49-51 Lincoln Road, Masterton
Phone: (06) 946 9808

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.
Address: Nikau Centre, Hutt Hospital, 622 High Street, Lower Hutt
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

 

Education

There are two special schools in the Wellington Region; Kimi Ora (www.kimiora.school.nz) and Mahinawa School. There are also learning support units. Contact Special Education regarding these.

Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS)
Learning Support
Lower Hutt:
Phone: (04) 463 8699
Email: support.lowerhutt@education.govt.nz 
Porirua:
Phone: (04) 237 5808
Email: support.porirua@education.govt.nz 
Andrea Williams (Manager) 
Learning Support 
Greater Wellington Area
Phone: (04) 463 8686

 

Social groups

Autism Intervention Trust
Address: 79 Copeland Street, Epuni, Lower Hutt 5011
Phone: (04) 567 4082
Email: weit@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.autisminterventiontrust.org.nz

YMCA
Website: www.ymcawellington.org.nz 
Head Office
Address: 67 Pilmuir Street, Lower Hutt
Phone: (04) 568 3252
Upper Hutt
Address: Somme Road, Trentham, Upper Hutt
Phone: (04) 527 3380
Porirua:
Address: Level 3 Pember House, 18 Hagley Street, Porirua
Phone: (04) 233 1593
They occasionally have holiday programmes for kids with special needs but inquire with them regarding your child’s needs.

IHC
National Office
Address: 57 Willis Street, Wellington 6011
Phone: (04) 463 2492 or (04) 472 2247 or 0800 442 442
E-mail: librarian@ihc.org.nz
Website: www.ihc.org.nz

RDA (Riding for the Disabled)
Hutt Valley Group
Address: Country Lane, Silverstream
Phone: (04) 527 8360
Email: hvrda@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.huttvalleygrouprda.wordpress.com

RDA (Riding for the Disabled)
Wellington Group
Address: 610 Paekakariki Hill Road, Pauatahanui, Porirua 5381
Phone: (04) 237 5550
Website: www.wellingtonrda.org.nz

Mixed Ability Gymnastic Classes
Please contact Lynne Breed 
Phone: (04) 387-1193

Learning Connection
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.
Address: 182 Eastern Hutt Road, Taita, Lower Hutt 5019
Phone: (04) 568 0320 or 0800 278 769
Email: info@tlc.ac.nz
Website: www.tlc.ac.nz

Vincent’s Art Workshop
Address: 148 Willis Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011
Phone: (04) 499 1030 or (027) 407 5706
Email: vincentsartworkshop@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.vincents.co.nz

Art Compass
Marcel Baaijens 
Phone: (04) 384 8407

ACE House (Wellington After Care Association)
Address: Level 1, James Smith Corner, 49-61 Cuba Street
Phone: (04) 385 7302
Website: www.wgtnaftercare.org.nz

New Directions is a one-year course located at the Porirua Campus of Whitirea Polytechnic. Maximum enrollment: 13 people, with 2 tutors.
Phone: (04) 237 3103 ext 3756

The Halberg Trust - Activity Fund
Phone: 0800 425 2374
Website: www.halberg.co.nz

Healthy Lifestyles
Sport Wellington
Address: Level 1, 223 Thorndon Quay, Thorndon, Wellington
Phone: (04) 380 2070 ex 218
Email: info@sportwellington.org.nz
Website: www.sportwellington.org.nz

 

Supported living and accommodation

Work and Income NZ Allowances: 
For information on any benefit or allowance Work and Income New Zealand.
Phone: 0800 559 009
Website: www.workandincome.govt.nz
Health & Disability Coordinator, WINZ 
Phone: (04) 918 4685

TalkLink
Address: 185-187 Willis Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011
Phone: (04) 381 4956
Website: www.talklink.org.nz
They may be able to assist families with funding applications for communication equipment.

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 Social Housing
Keys Social Housing provides independent living and practical support around managing a tenancy. Wellington, Whanganui, New Plymouth, Hamilton and Auckland.
Address: Level 1, Southmark House, 203 Willis Street, Wellington
Phone: (04) 385 8722
Email: support@communityhousing.org.nz
Website: www.communityhousing.org.nz

Spectrum Care
Spectrum Care offers respite services in the Wellington region, for children, young people, and adults.
Email: info@spectrumcare.org.nz
Website: 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.
Email: admin@ccslt.org.nz
Website: www.ccslt.org.nz
Kapiti (Main Office):
Address: 1/7 Hinemoa Street, Paraparaumu 5032
Phone: (04) 298 7703
Johnsonville Office:
Address; Level 1, 21-29 Broderick Road, Johnsonville
Phone: (04) 384 25 84
Lower Hutt Office:
Address: 31F Railway Ave, Alicetown, Lower Hutt
Phone: (04) 569 2903

Pathways Support Services
Address: 181 Thorndon Quay, Wellington 6242
Phone: (04) 473 9009
Email: wellington@pathways.co.nz
Website: www.pathways.co.nz

MASH Trust
Phone: (04) 566 9477 or 0800 627 4878
Website: www.mashtrust.org.nz

IHC
IHC has an excellent library.
Phone: 0800 442 442 
E-mail: librarian@ihc.org.nz
Website: www.ihc.org.nz

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) 566 3990
Website: www.ohf.org.nz

Challenge 2000
This agency may be able to assist you in organising a foster family.
Address: 1 Wanaka Street, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037
Phone: (04) 477 6827 or (04) 477 0338
Email: info@challenge2000.org.nz
Website: www.challenge2000.org.nz

KaraHandD’s 
Phone: (04) 567 2622

 

Support Organisations

Assistance with Nappies
Hutt Valley DHB – Paediatric Community Nursing
Phone: (04) 566 6999 Ext 2608

Selena Ransfield
Capital Coast DHB – Paediatric Community Nursing
Phone: (04) 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
Phone: (04) 385 5999
Community Health
Phone: (04) 570 9672

Assistance at a kindergarten.
Lower Hutt
Phone: (04) 463 8699
Email: support.lowerhutt@education.govt.nz 
Porirua
Phone: (04) 237 5808
Email: support.porirua@education.govt.nz

ISADD (Intervention Services for Autism and Developmental Delay)
NZ coordinator: Ann Cowan
Phone: (04) 478 2025
Website: www.isadd.co.nz

ABConsultants 
Email: abconsultantsNZ@gmail.com

Wellington Early Intervention Trust
Please contact the Manager
Address: 79 Copeland Street, Epuni, Lower Hutt 5011
Phone: (04) 567 4082
Email: weit@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.weit.org.nz

Children’s Therapy Clinic
Address: Lower Hutt
Phone: (04) 589 4959 or (021) 462 743
Email: diane@childrenstherapy.co.nz
Website: www.childrenstherapy.co.nz

Therapy Associates
Phone: (04) 527 9582

IHC
National Office
Address: 57 Willis Street, Wellington 6011
Phone: (04) 463 2492 or (04) 472 2247 or 0800 442 442
E-mail: librarian@ihc.org.nz
Website: www.ihc.org.nz

Tautoko
Address: Suite 2, 99 Mana Esplanade, Paremata 5026
Phone: (04) 233 01 64
Email: info@tautoko.org.nz
Website: www.tautoko.org.nz

Single Parents -Birthright Wellington
Wellington & Porirua Social Worker
Address: 89B Thorndon Quay, Wellington 4500
Phone: (04) 499 0055 or 0800 457 146
Email: info@birthrightwellington.org.nz
Website: www.birthright.org.nz

Personal Advocacy Trust
Phone: 0800 728 7878
Email: advocacy@PAT.org.nz
Website: www.patrust.org.nz

MASH Trust
Phone: 0800 627 4878
Website: www.mashtrust.org.nz

NZ Care group
Address: 10 Ranui Terrace, Tawa, Wellington 5032
Phone: (04) 237 0487
Website: www.healthcarenz.co.nz

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

SuperGrans – Lower Hutt
Address: Level 2, Russell Keown House, 38 Queens Drive, Lower Hutt 5010
Phone: (04) 566 9778
Email: manager@supergran.org.nz
Website: www.supergrans.publishpath.com

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

The Cloud 9 Foundation
Phone: 04 232 4795
Email: admin@cloud9foundation.co.nz
Website: www.withyoueverystepoftheway.com

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

Community Mental Health 
Regional Service by CCDHB, HVDHB and Wairarapa DHB
Intensive Clinical Service (up to 17 years)
Address: 113 Adelaide Road, Mount Cook, Wellington 6021
Phone: (04) 570 9600 or (04) 801 4830
Website: www.mhaids.health.nz

Ann Marie Pike Counsellor
Address: Chrysalis, Paraparaumu
Phone: (027) 241 784
Email: annmarie@lifeworthliving.co.nz

Sherine Mettini Counselling and coaching
Address: Level 3, 1 Thorndon Quay, Wellington
Phone: (04) 972 441 or (029) 972 441
Email: sherinem@clear.net.nz or sherinemettini@gmail.com
Website: www.talkingworks.co.nz

Ava Gibson
Orb Solutions
Phone: (027) 428 2672
Email: ava@orbsolutions.co.nz
Website: www.orbsolutions.co.nz

Lion Heart Education
Reduce stress and anxiety by playing games
Lynnette 
(022) 044 9976 (Free 15-minute phone consultation available)
Email: info@lionhearteducation.com 
Website: www.lionhearteducation.com

Short-term, cheap counselling options:
Salvation Army
Address: 4 Normanby Street, Newtown, Wellington
Phone: (04) 389 0594. 
Website: www.salvationarmy.org.nz

Wesley Church and Counselling 
Address: 75 Taranaki Street, Wellington 6141 (behind Café’ Doria)
Phone: (04) 384 7695
Email: mtolo@wesleyca.org.nz

Anxiety New Zealand Trust 
Phone: (09) 849 2375 or 0800 ANXIETY (24-hour support line)
Email: reception@anxiety.org.nz
Website: www.anxiety.org.nz

  

Therapy

Robyn Armour (OT, previously worked with Tautoko Service and is now in private practice.)
Phone: (027) 243 0680
Email: robynarmour@gmail.com

Independent Living – Johnsonville
Address: 30 Phillip Street, Johnsonville, Wellington
Phone: (04) 478 6482
Email: ot@independentliving.co.nz
Website: www.independentliving.co.nz

Amelie Gingras- New Zealand Registered Occupational Therapist
Over 8 years’ experience working as a paediatric OT
Phone: (027) 715 4389
Email: incrediblekidsnz@gmail.com

Kimberly West OT 
Email: kim@kidsconnect.co.nz
Website: www.kidsconnect.co.nz

Diane Sprugnell OT 
Address: Lower Hutt
Phone: (04) 589 4959 or (021) 462 743
Email: diane@childrenstherapy.co.nz
Website: www.childrenstherapy.co.nz

Rosemary Emery-  Speech and Language Therapist
Phone: (04) 902 0021
Email: retro@paradise.net.nz

Muno Richards - Speech and Language Therapist
Address: Level 7, Quay Psychology, Fullbright House, 120 Featherston Street, Wellington Central
Phone: (021) 263 1389

Christian Wright - Speech and Language Therapist
Address: 3 Frankmoore Ave, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037
Phone: (04) 972 2559 or (021) 026 78113
Email: christian.wright@paradise.net.nz
Website: www.wellingtonslt.wordpress.com

Inclusive Communication LTD Speech and Language Therapist
Autism, social pragmatics, AAC
Address: Island Bay, Wellington
Phone: (022) 499 6737
Email: info@inclusive-communication.com
Website: www.inclusive-communication.co.nz

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

CLIMB Ltd
Address: 37 Wilkinson Road, Suite 3, Provender Building
Phone: 02108215917
Email: climb@abatherapy.co.nz
Website: www.abatherapy.co.nz

 Sensory Pathways Occupational Therapy

Jamie Schipper
Address:Lindale Village, 110 Main Road Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast, Wellington
Email: sensorypathwaysot@gmail.com
Website: www.sensorypathwaysot.com

 

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 or free text 234
• Kidsline: 0800 543 754 (available 24/7)
• Whatsup: 0800 942 8787 (1pm to 11pm) counselling for 5-18 year olds
• Depression helpline: 0800 111 757 (available 24/7)
• Rainbow Youth: (09) 376 4155
• Samaritans: 0800 726 666
If a child/young person’s safety is of serious concern, contact:

Child Youth and Family Service
Phone: 0508 FAMILY (0508 326 459)
OR
If any persons’ 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

 

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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

Dr Marilyn Willis
Email: Marilyn.willis@aspergers.consulting
Website: www.aspergers.consulting

 

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
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

Adult diagnosis

Charlotte West
Address: 181 Selwyn Street, Christchurch, 8024
Phone: (04) 337 3659
Email: cwest99@gmail.com

Dr Marilyn Willis 
Email: Marilyn.willis@aspergers.consulting
Website: www.aspergers.consulting

Olive Webb
Address: 91 Cordy’s Rd, Hororata
Phone: 021 225 6633 or (03) 318 0880 
Email: owebb@iahs.com

Ruth Baker
Email: arbak@clear.net.nz 
Email: www.avaruthbaker.com

University of Canterbury
Address: 20 Kirkwood Ave, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch 8041
Phone: (03) 369 4336
Email: psychology@canterbury.ac.nz 
Website: www.psyc.canterbury.ac.nz

 

Social groups

AJ day programme 
Address: 426 Tuam Street, Christchurch 8011
Phone: (03) 3749839
Email: jims@ajs.org.nz
Website: www.ajs.org.nz

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!

Chris Ruth Centre
Address: 20 Tankerville Road, Hoon Hay, Christchurch 8025
Phone: (03) 339 2930 or (027) 540 8561
Email: admin100@chrisruthcentre.co.nz 
Website: www.chrisruthcentre.co.nz

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.
Address: The YMCA Adventure Centre, 239 Waltham Road, Christchurch.

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.

 

Support Groups

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

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

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

 

Support Organisations

CCS Disability Action 
Address: 224 Lichfield Street, Christchurch
Phone: (03) 365 5661 or 0800 227 2255 
Email: Canterbury@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz
Website: www.ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz

Helen Wagstaff
ASD Coordinator
Address: CDS, Chch Hospital, 2 Riccarton Ave, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011
Phone: 027 523 1031
Email: Helen.Wagstaff@cdhb.health.nz

Lifelinks 
Address: 42 Buchan St, Sydenham, Christchurch 8023 
Phone: 0800866877 or (03)-365 9593
Email: office@lifelinks.co.nz or referrals@lifelinks.co.nz
Website: www.lifelinks.co.nz

Work and Income
Website: www.workandincome.govt.nz

Workbridge
Address: 337 St Asaph St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011
Phone: 03 962 8369
Email: christchurch@workbridge.co.nz
Website: www.workbridge.co.nz

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16. Southland

Adult 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

ReThink Children's Therapy
Phone: (022) 100 1440
Address: Phillip Laing House, 144 Rattray Street
Email: office@rethink.net.nz

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

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