ASD Plus – Education for Families
ASD Plus is a programme for the parents and family/whanau of pre-school children under the age of six with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This programme is funded by the Ministries of Health and Education.
ASD Plus supports families to learn about ASD, to help them understand how ASD influences their child, and learn and practice strategies to help their child’s development.
ASD Plus is about strengthening families. The programme is practical, evidence-based, supportive, and individualised. Each family gets individual attention and support.
It is delivered by IDEA Specialist Services for families in all regions of New Zealand.
Learn more about ASD Plus: The programme
Families may register their interest in participating by:
Completing the online Expression of Interest form:
- Click here: ASD Plus – Expression of Interest form
Downloading the Expression of Interest form:
- Click here: ASD Plus – Expression of interest form
(RETURN TO: ASD referral coordinator, PO BOX 4155, Wellington 6140) or email email@example.com or phone on 0800 273 7587.
Growing Up with Autism
Growing Up with Autism (Brereton and Tonge, 2005) is an evidence based education and skills training programme for parents/caregivers of adolescents aged 11-16 years of age who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). IDEA Specialist Services is delivering the programme in main centres across New Zealand.
Growing Up with Autism works with parents/caregivers for 20 weeks comprising of alternating group and individual sessions focusing on adolescent centred aspects such as: communication, school, social issues, emotions, behaviour, physical/sexual development, well being and family life.
Click here to read more about ‘Growing up with Autism’
Referring to the programme:
Families may self refer and/or professionals can refer on behalf of families with their permission. There is capacity for up to five families per group and when groups are full families can be scheduled onto the next available group in their area.
Find out where and when the next local scheduled groups are: Click here for Scheduled Group Dates 2014
* If there are no groups in your area contact the ASD Referral Coordinator
To submit a referral:
- Complete the electronic online referral form:
- Click here: GUWA – Referral Form
- Download and complete the referral form:
- Click here: GUWA – Referral Form
Return by e-mail to GUWA@idea.org.nz or print then post to:
ASD Referral Coordinator, PO BOX 4155, Wellington 6140
For all other enquiries contact the ASD Referral Coordinator on 0800 273 7587, Email: GUWA@idea.org.nz
Growing Up with Autism is fully funded by the Ministry of Health.
ASD Communication and Behaviour Service
The ASD Communication and Behaviour Service is for families of children and young person’s with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who are under the age of 19.
The service provides support to parents and families that include behaviour and skill teaching workshops, and individual work with children with a focus on communication, social skills and behaviour.
Learn more about the ASD Communication and Behaviour Service
Referrals to ASD Communication and Behaviour service can be made by:
- A paediatrician, psychiatrist, or clinical psychologist with appropriate ASD experience and expertise or
- ASD Developmental Coordinators from DHB’s or
- Local Ministry of Health Needs Assessment and Service Coordination agencies (NASC). Contact details can be found online at www.moh.govt.nz/disability under “contact details”.
For General Enquiries:
Contact the IDEA Specialist Services ASD referral coordinator:
- Phone: 0800 273 7587 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For additional ASD specific information go to Altogether Autism for local events.Download the ASD Programmes brochure.