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Autism/Takiwātanga: The Pathway to Diagnosis and Supports in New Zealand

We are delighted to share that the Autism CRC have officially released full reports of our research project investigating autism diagnostic processes and post-diagnostic supports in New Zealand. It certainly has been a while since we started this project and shared initial results, so it’s very exciting to now be able to share the full research findings.

Key recommendations from the research focus on: (1) earlier identification of autism, (2) implementation of recommendations from the NZ ASD Guideline, and (3) access to post-diagnostic supports. We will keep you updated with our progress as we continue working towards these goals. 

The Autism CRC release, including full reports can be found here.

A visual snapshot of the findings and the full Autism New Zealand report can be downloaded by clicking the download button below. 

Once again, we would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who contributed to and participated in this research.

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This study examined the relationships between autism spectrum disorder (ASD) symptoms, care-related activities, and satisfaction with life (SWL) in 184 parents caring for a child with ASD in New Zealand. The relationships between coping styles and SWL wer

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