Programmes

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.

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01. Framework for Autism in New Zealand (FANZ)

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

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." 

Outcomes

  • 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

Location

Dates

Times

Christchurch (cancelled)

8 - 9 April 2020

9:30am - 3:30pm

Hamilton (cancelled)

8 - 9 April 2020

9:30am - 3:30pm

Auckland

4 - 5 June 2020

9:30am - 3:30pm

Rotorua

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 - 3 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)

Timaru

21 - 22 October 2020

10:00am - 4:00pm

Auckland

22 - 23 October 2020

9:30 am - 3:30pm

Invercargill

28 - 29 October 2020

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

Gisborne

4 - 5 November 2020

10:00am - 4.00pm

Christchurch

11 - 12 November 2020

9:30am - 3:30pm

Tauranga (cancelled)

11 - 12 November 2020

9:30am - 3:30pm

Queenstown

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

Hamilton

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.

Cost

$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

Registration

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02. Way to Play

For family/whānau, early childhood teachers, health professionals, or anyone else living or working with young children with autism.

For family/whānau, early childhood teachers, health professionals, or anyone else living or working with young children with autism. 

Way to Play is a fun one-day introduction to playing joyously with a child on the autism spectrum.

Way to play has been specifically designed for people directly involved with a young child with autism. Adults are often left bewildered when trying to play with the child. The course offers some simple, easy to use, practical strategies to begin playing joyously together. Having fun playing together is the focus. This course is supported by the Way To Play website, where further learning and support can be found. 

What participants say about Way to Play

"It's only been four days since the course and I’m already noticing a huge difference in the way my son and I are interacting, in my confidence with my approaches to connecting with him and most unbelievably his subsequent development."

"I always wanted to play with my boy. I just didn’t know how. Can’t wait to get home and start playing."

"12 out of 10!! Fascinating! Exceptionally well presented. Great practical examples, demonstrations, and videos. Your enthusiasm is inspiring." 

Outcomes

  • A better understanding of the importance of play and interpersonal engagement.

  • Strategies to play joyously with a child

  • Access to waytoplay.co.nz support website

  • A workbook, certificate, and notes from the programme

Upcoming programmes

Location

Date

Times

Auckland (cancelled)

23 March 2020

9:30am - 3:30pm

Christchurch (cancelled)

30 March 2020

9:30am - 3:30pm

Invercargill (cancelled)

4 May 2020

10:30am - 4:00pm

Lower Hutt (cancelled)

11 May 2020

9:30am - 3:30pm

Tauranga (cancelled)

18 May 2020

9:30am - 3:30pm

Auckland

27 July 2020

9:30am - 3:30pm

Hawkes Bay (cancelled)

3 August 2020

9:30am - 3:30pm

Hamilton

3 August 2020

9:30am - 3:30pm

Gisborne (online)

31 August 2020

10:00am - 4:00pm

Dunedin (cancelled)

31 August 2020

10:00am - 4:00pm

Queenstown (Cancelled)

7 September 2020

9:30am - 3:30pm

Rotorua (Cancelled)

14 September 2020

10:00am - 4:00pm

Palmerston North (Cancelled)

21 September 2020

9:30am - 3:30pm

Queenstown

28th September 2020

9:30am - 3:30pm

Hamilton (Cancelled)

16 October 2020

9:30am - 3:30pm

Christchurch

19 October 2020 

9:30am - 3:30pm

Whangarei (cancelled)

2 November 2020

10:00am - 4:00pm

Wellington

9 November 2020

9:30am - 3:30pm

Nelson

16 November 2020

9:30am - 3:30pm

New Plymouth

23 November 2020

9:30am - 3:30pm

Whanganui (cancelled)

30 November 2020

10:00am - 4:00pm

Greymouth

7 December 2020

9:30am - 3:30pm

Taupo

11 December 2020

9:30am - 3:30pm

Auckland

14 December 2020

9:30am - 3:30pm

 

If you have missed your closest Way to Play, 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.

Cost

$20 per person for family/whānau of a person with autism.

$100 per person for professionals and non-family/whanau.

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03. 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 training@autismnz.org.nz 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.

04. Tilting the Seesaw for Teams

For Teams of family and professionals, working together to support Tamariki with autism aged 5 – 12 years. Teams may include parents, caregivers, other family/whanau, full primary school teachers, teacher aids, learning assistants, SENCOs, or RTLBs.

Tilting the Seesaw for Teams is a combination of strength-based, practical strategies to support the everyday inclusion of children with autism across the full primary school and home settings. The two-day workshop is embedded within a research inquiry. Teachers will complete simple preparatory work prior to attending the two-day workshop which will intensify the focus for their new learning.

After the workshop teachers will complete an action plan and meet with other participants 2 – 3 months later to identify the impact of their learning.

This whole process can form an excellent Professional Development opportunity for teachers willing to transform their practice to include the education of neurodiverse learners.

At Autism New Zealand we are aware that teachers have a heavy workload, so you will have a dedicated professional from Autism New Zealand to guide you through the process.

Team Requirements:

• Supporting one child 5 – 12 years (multiple children will require multiple teams)
• Child attending Full Primary School
• 2 – 5 participants
• At least one Teacher (primary contact)
• At least one Family Member

A parent/caregiver of the child, and a teacher from the school MUST be part of the team. You will need their details to complete registration. Please ensure you provide personal contact details as Autism New Zealand will be in touch prior to the programme to provide resources.

Tilting the Seesaw for Teams is based on the externally evaluated Autism New Zealand programme; Tilting the Seesaw.

What participants say about Tilting the Seesaw

"This course has been invaluable to me and my teacher aide."
"We have learnt so much more about how to understand, analyse and respond to behaviour. This course has helped me so much."
"I feel a lot more confident in teaching children with autism and being successful."
"Learnt a lot of strategies and was inspired to try new ideas."

Outcomes

• A better understanding of autism
• Learning how to use the tamariki’s strengths and interests to promote learning and communication
• Learning how to implement consistent visual supports at home and at school
• Learning how to implement stories for understanding at home and at school
• Learning strategies for inclusion
• Learning strategies for emotional regulation and reducing anxiety
• Learning tools for challenging behaviour
• Planning for success by creating an action plan and goals

Research into Tilting the Seesaw

“Results indicated significant improvements in Knowledge, Communication, Behaviour Management, Inclusion and Confidence. Tilting the Seesaw provided greater understanding, greater confidence, learnt useful practical strategies to teach children with ASD. An invaluable course”

Tilting the Seesaw - An evaluation of a teacher and teacher aide based intervention for primary school children with ASD, Auckland University of Technology, 2014.

Upcoming programmes

Location

Dates

Times*

Palmerston North

20 – 21 November 2019

10:00am - 4:00pm

Auckland West

27 – 28 November 2019

9:30am - 3:30pm

Greymouth

4 – 5 December 2019

10:00am – 4:00pm

Auckland North

19 – 20 February 2020

9:30am – 3:30pm

Christchurch

19 – 20 February 2020

9:30am – 3:30pm

Nelson

26 – 27 February 2020

9:30am – 3:30pm

Hamilton

26 – 27 February 2020

9:30am – 3:30pm

New Plymouth

4 – 5 March 2020

9:30am – 3:30pm

Auckland South

11 – 12 March 2020

9:30am – 3:30pm

Christchurch

11 – 12 March 2020

9:30am – 3:30pm

Wellington

18 – 19 March 2020

9:30am – 3:30pm

Auckland West

18 – 19 March 2020

9:30am – 3:30pm

Invercargill (cancelled)

25 – 26 March 2020

9:30am – 3:30pm

Palmerston North (cancelled)

25 – 26 March 2020

10:00am – 4:00pm

Timaru (cancelled)

1 – 2 April 2020

9:30am – 3:30pm

Tauranga (cancelled)

1 – 2 April 2020

9:30am – 3:30pm

Kerikeri (cancelled)

14 – 15 May 2020

9:30am – 3:30pm

Gisborne (cancelled)

20 – 21 May 2020

10:00am – 4:00pm

Whakatane (cancelled)

27 – 28 May 2020

10:00am – 4:00pm

Auckland South

3 – 4 June 2020

9:30am – 3:30pm

Greymouth

10 – 11 June 2020

10:00am – 4:00pm

Hawkes Bay (online)

17 – 18 June 2020

9:15am – 2:45pm

Auckland West

22 – 23 June 2020

9:30am – 3:30pm

Blenheim (online)

1 – 2 July 2020

9:15am – 2:45pm

Auckland North

1 – 2 July 2020

9:30am – 3:30pm

Whangarei (cancelled)

29 – 30 July 2020

10:00am – 4:00pm

Auckland Central

5 – 6 August 2020

9:30am – 3:30pm

Hamilton (online)

5 – 6 August 2020

9:30am – 3:30pm

Queenstown (online)

12 – 13 August 2020

9:15am – 2:45pm

Kapiti

19 – 20 August 2020

9:30am – 3:30pm

Timaru

26 – 27 August 2020

9:30am – 3:30pm

Rotorua

2 – 3 September 2020

10:00am – 4:00pm

Christchurch

9 – 10 September 2020

9:30am – 3:30pm

Invercargill

16 – 17 September 2020

9:30am – 3:30pm

Tauranga

23 – 24 September 2020

9:30am – 3:30pm

Dunedin

14 – 15 October 2020

9:30am – 3:30pm

Auckland East

28 – 29 October 2020

9:30am – 3:30pm

New Plymouth

4 – 5 November 2020

9:30am – 3:30pm

Online courses

   

TTSfT Online

24 - 25 June 2020

9:15am - 2:45pm

TTSfT Online

22 - 23 July 2020

9:15am - 2:45pm

TTSfT Online

29 - 30 July 2020

9:15am - 2:45pm

TTSfT Online

19 - 20 August 2020

9:15am - 2:45pm

TTSfT Online

30 September - 1 October 2020

9:15am - 2:45pm

 

If you have missed your closest Tilting the Seesaw for Teams, 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.

Cost
Free, funded by the Ministry of Education.

Teacher Relief Costs
This programme is free to participants thanks to funding from the Ministry of Education.

To apply for cover of relief teacher costs, schools should submit their invoice(s) for teacher release by emailing them to nationalautism.programme@education.govt.nz.

A maximum of $150 (GST excl) per day can be reimbursed for a teacher to attend the course i.e., $345 (GST incl) for the two-day course.

The tax invoice must include the following details:

• School name, address and bank account
• Name of the teacher who attended the Tilting the Seesaw for Teams course, and the course date
• Invoice number

Teacher release for this programme is managed by the Provider Services team, which is part of Learning Support at the Ministry of Education’s national office in Wellington. Any enquiries regarding an invoice can be made to Provider Services by emailing nationalautism.programme@education.govt.nz.

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05. EarlySteps

EarlySteps Early Intervention Programme

Autism New Zealand is a provider of Early Intervention Services, approved by the Ministry of Education. Our Early intervention Service is called the EarlySteps programme. EarlySteps will provide the earliest possible help to support autistic tamariki (children) and those with a probable autism diagnosis.

We pride ourselves in being the first Ministry of Education funded provider in New Zealand of an autism specific early intervention service and look forward to making a positive difference.

Who we work with

We work with whānau (families) and kaiako (teachers) involved with the tamariki. While a diagnosis of autism is preferable, where there are queries about tamariki showing signs of autism they may be accepted into the service.

How we work and why

Research in autism has shown the value in engaging autistic tamariki in play and of using everyday activities (e.g. mealtimes, story time) as opportunities for learning. It has also shown that these tamariki learn better in their everyday regular environment.

  • The best people to help tamariki learn are whānau and/or the kaiako who are with the tamariki throughout the day and know them well.

  • We will coach you in different ways to play and engage your tamaiti/tamariki to help them to learn and develop.

  • Coaching will be provided by specialists visiting your whānau and/or early childhood setting to develop effective skills to support the tamariki.

We believe that if we change the ways adults engage and play with autistic tamariki, participation and engagement in play and learning situations will improve.

How we will deliver the service

  • Initial home and centre visits to collect background information.

  • Developing the Focus for Intervention -individual goals. The Early Intervention Specialist will help whānau identify goals agreed by the whānau and the centre (if involved) The implementation of the focus goals will be regularly monitored by the Early Intervention Specialist.

  • The EarlySteps Education Programme - a series of workshops with home visits to practice and consolidate the skills learnt will be offered by specialists with knowledge and experience of autism.

  • Video coaching will be a major tool to impart knowledge as well as to demonstrate progress. Videos will be taken and used as a teaching, learning and evaluation tool in relation to the tamariki.

  • Attendance at the EarlySteps play group at least once every fortnight to learn together with other parents, to watch the Speech Therapist and Early Intervention Specialist model new strategies and ways to engage your tamaiti.

Education Support Worker

Some tamariki may qualify for additional support. Qualification for additional support means they will get an Education Support Work (ESW) specifically trained by the EarlySteps team to support autistic tamariki.

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