Autism New Zealand has a dedicated education team that delivers education and training nationwide.

We have developed a number of externally evaluated, New Zealand based education programmes.

See below for our publicly available community programmes for families and professionals. Our education team can develop and deliver individually tailored programmes to address the needs of a variety of groups working with different age groups.

Our programmes are delivered by highly skilled facilitators who are professionals working in the field of autism or parents who have lived experience, with consultation from autistic adults.

I would like to see courses for

01. Framework for Autism in New Zealand (FANZ)

Ideal introductory programme for autistic adults, family/whānau, and professionals.

FANZ is specifically designed for anyone living or involved with anyone (child to adult) on the autism spectrum, who wants some understanding and practical strategies to enhance the lives and maximise the learning opportunities for those individuals.

FANZ is a two-day introductory programme that enables participants to create a framework for understanding and supporting a person on the Autism Spectrum. It is a collection of evidence-based strategies and recommendations from the New Zealand ASD Guidelines. The programme is delivered through presentations, video examples, practical role play, and application of the strategies.

What participants say about FANZ

"Enjoyable, enlightening, entertaining, energising. Ka pai te mahi! It is always great to refresh, up skill and remember the varied ways to support these wonderful individuals who see the world in magically different ways to ourselves."

"All fantastic. Practical suggestions, great stories; approachable facilitators; a huge insight into someone with Autism, what to expect, characteristics, a plan, ideas, behaviours and how to deal with them."

"The workshop was relevant, delivered clearly and used a variety of situations that are often familiar on a daily basis and we now have strategies to employ when dealing with people with ASD." 


  • A better understanding of the autism spectrum

  • Practical strategies to apply immediately, including the use of visual supports, how to teach new activities and writing stories for understanding

  • A framework to plan for success using the Autism New Zealand Seesaw

  • A better understanding of challenging behaviour, including prevention and teaching of alternative behaviours 

  • A workbook, certificate, and notes from the programme

Evaluation of the Framework for Autism in New Zealand Workshops, November 2015, Phoenix Research.

Participants in the FANZ workshops showed strong improvements from pre to post workshop and subsequently at three months after. Participants reported intentions to make changes following the workshop and these were in place three to four months post workshop. The extent to which participants would recommend a FANZ workshop to a friend or colleague is very high at the conclusion and increases after three months.

Upcoming programmes




Christchurch (cancelled)

8 - 9 April 2020

9:30am - 3:30pm

Hamilton (cancelled)

8 - 9 April 2020

9:30am - 3:30pm


4 - 5 June 2020

9:30am - 3:30pm


10 - 11 June 2020

10:00am - 4:00pm

Lower Hutt

1 - 2 July 2020

9:30am - 3:30pm

New Plymouth (cancelled)

29 - 30 July 2020

9:30am - 3:30pm

Taupo (cancelled)

19 - 20 August 2020

9:30am - 3:30pm

Palmerston North (cancelled)

26 -27 August 2020

9:30am - 3:30pm

Nelson (cancelled)

2 - 2 September 2020

10:00am - 4:00pm (Day 1)
9:30am - 3:30pm (Day 2)

Whanganui (cancelled)

23 - 24 September 2020

10:30am - 4:30pm (Day 1)
9:30am - 3:30pm (Day 2)


21 - 22 October 2020

10:00am - 4:00pm


22 - 23 October 2020

9:30 am - 3:30pm


28 - 29 October 2020

10:30am - 4:30pm (Day 1)
9:30am - 3:30pm (Day 2)


4 - 5 November 2020

10:00am - 4.00pm


11 - 12 November 2020

9:30am - 3:30pm

Tauranga (cancelled)

11 - 12 November 2020

9:30am - 3:30pm


18 - 19 November 2020

10:00am - 4:00pm (Day 1)
9:30am - 3:30pm (Day 2)

Kerikeri (cancelled)

25 - 26 November 2020

10:00am - 4:00pm


25 - 26 November 2020

9:30am - 3:30pm

Dunedin (cancelled)

2 - 3 December 2020

10:00am - 4:00pm

Hawkes Bay

9 - 10 December 2020

10:00am - 4:00pm


If you have missed your closest FANZ, you may wish to consider signing up to our Membership to receive updates about programmes in your area or consider Individualised Training.

To receive updates about Education Courses you can join Autism New Zealand by clicking here to complete our new member form.


$50 per person for family/whānau of a person with autism

$50 per person for an autistic adult

$175 per person for professionals and non-family/whānau


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02. Individualised training programmes

For organisations or other groups requiring a training or education event.

For organisations or other groups requiring a training or education event. 

Our experienced educators can individualise and create a training experience that suits your particular needs.

We have developed education programmes for early learning centres, primary, special and high schools, teacher aide organisations, Ministry of Education, Paediatricians, adult support providers, workplace teams, and teams of family/whānau and professionals. 

What people have said about our individualised education

"I’d like to congratulate you both on the enthusiastic presentation you both gave to the group."

"It was the most fun filled learning experience and informative session I have attended for some time!!! Thank you both very much for the ideas you suggested, I can't wait to get back to the kindergarten to try some fun patterning with our children. (Kindergarten Association)." 

"The simple strategies, such as writing down questions for him to think about, have already made a difference. The staff now recognise his strengths and use them (Car Sales Operator)."

How to access individualised training

Email with the following information so we can provide a quote;

  • Organisation/group details

  • Age group you work with

  • Time you can allocate to training

  • If you’d like training based on any of our existing programmes

  • Any specific topics or challenges you’d like covered

If you require a short, introductory presentation, you may wish to contact your local Outreach Coordinator about Autism Kōrero.

To receive updates about Education Courses you can join Autism New Zealand by clicking here to complete our new member form.

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