Tilting The Seesaw

Strength-based, practical strategies to support children with autism in the primary school setting

Tilting the Seesaw is a two day programme in which primary school staff learn and try out strategies to support and include a child with autism in everyday school activities.

Learning Outcomes:

During the workshop and follow-up the participants will learn to:

  • Identify how autism may impact on, and is expressed in, a child with autism
  • Create and use visual supports to reduce anxiety and increase independence
  • Develop an autism-friendly physical environment, and engage peer support
  • Use stories to support understanding, develop self esteem and give information
  • Adapt classroom lessons, and support independence in classroom and playground
  • Analyse and manage inappropriate behaviour.

WHO: The Tilting the Seesaw programme is specifically designed for primary school teachers, teacher aides, SENCOs and RTLBs.

WHEN & WHERE (2018) - Venues TBC

(All programmes are subject to change and more may also be added, for email updates:http://www.autismnz.org.nz/about_us/join)

Christchurch, 9 and 23 March
Wellington, 13 and 27 March
Christchurch 3 and 17 May 
Auckland, 7 and 28 May
Waikato, 11 and 22 June
Christchurch, 22 June and 6 July
Whanganui, 2 and 16 August, 10am–4pm
Gisborne, 10 and 24 August
Lower Hutt, 4 and 18 September
Blenheim, 6 and 13 September
Auckland, 14 and 28 September
Christchurch, 26 October and 9 November
Hawkes Bay, 2 and 16 November, 10am–4pm
Taranaki, 1 and 22 November
Dunedin, 13 and 27 November, 10am–4pm

VENUES: Details provided after registration

COST per person (subject to change): $175.00

HOW: Please complete the Tilting the Seesaw Registration Form and return to:

training@autismnz.org.nzPhone: (04) 803 3501 Fax: (04) 803 3502
Postal Address:
Autism New Zealand, PO Box 33481, Petone, Lower Hutt 5046

This form can be filled in electronically. A printable version, or a large-text version of this form is available on request, please email training@autismnz.org.nz. If you require a different accessibility option please email your query and we will see how we can help.

Our Educators

Neil Stuart, Education & Training Director - Auckland: Neil has over 20 years experience working with children with Autism. He has developed a large number of education and training programmes, including Way to Play, Framework for Autism in New Zealand (FANZ), Tilting the Seesaw, and many more. Neil also has considerable experience working with children with Autism in the mainstream classroom both in New Zealand and in the United Kingdom. This has included managing satellite classes in mainstream schools and advising schools on how best to include pupils with autism.

Tanya Catterall, National Educator - Auckland: Tanya is a mother of two daughters, one of whom is on the Autism Spectrum. She is an EarlyBird Trainer and has worked as a Teacher Aide in a Special School. Tanya is a joint contributor and developer of the Autism New Zealand suite of education programmes and travels the country delivering them. Her valuable experience living with someone with autism provides excellent insight and adds a realistic, down-to-earth parent perspective to our programmes.

Robyn Young, Regional Educator - Christchurch: Robyn, now working solely as an Educator brings nine years of experience as an Outreach Coordinator in the Canterbury/West Coast region working alongside families, schools, professionals, community groups and other support agencies. Prior to joining Autism New Zealand she worked extensively in the Education sector. Through her work as an Outreach Coordinator Robyn gained invaluable insight and empathy for those living and working with Autism. She recognises and appreciates the challenges Autism may bring but she also celebrates the ‘magic moments’.

Shannon Hennig, Regional Educator - Wellington: Shannon has over 20 years experience working with children with autism. She is a certified speech-language therapist, and has worked in schools in both New Zealand and overseas, always with the aim of supporting meaningful communication and engagement. She has a talent for translating research and theory into practical strategies. She is passionate about supporting families, schools, and both children and adults with autism.


Quote from a teacher who participated in the Tilting the Seesaw Pilot Programme :

“The programme provided great tips for understanding a student with autism. I now have a better understanding of my student and his needs.”

Important Information

Payment: Payment must be made prior to the programme to confirm your place. We have various payment options available (cheque, credit card, direct banking and invoice).
Programme Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations must be sent in writing, (mailed or emailed), to Autism New Zealand. Cancellations received up to 30 days prior to the course date receive a full refund, less a 10% handling fee. Cancellations received less than 30 days and up to seven days prior to the course will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be given for cancellations received within seven days of the course; however a substitute delegate may be nominated.
Registration: Confirmation of your registration will be on a first-booked and paid basis.