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.
• 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."
• 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.
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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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Register for Course