External Events & Seminars

Understanding Autism seminars – March 2015

Brought to you by Children’s Autism Foundation

These Children’s Autism Foundation workshops are designed to support parents and professionals with practical and easy to understand information on autism. There are two options, full daytime seminars or shorter 2.5hr evening seminars. Click here to view the flier.

Full day workshops:

Wednesday 18th March – Foundation of K Trust, Highbrook

Thursday 19th March – 111 Great South Rd, Greenlane

Friday 20th March – Wilson Centre, 1 St Leonard’s Rd, Takapuna


The cost of the daytime workshop is $220 and the evening workshop is $59 (including GST) – payment of seminar fee may be available to parents/professionals who book prior to 30th January 2015. To book email admin@autism.org.nz or phone 415-7406.



Working With Parents’ Anger – Auckland 2014

Please click here for information for a 2 1/2 day training workshop being of offered in Auckland, 29th & 30th September and 1st December.


Acting Up

Acting Up is a new community group that provides drama education to youth with disabilities.   They currently have vacancies in their Onehunga and Otahuhu classes. Click here for more information.


Unitec Information Morning

Supported Learning, Department of Community & Health Services, will soon be offering an Information Morning. This is an event designed for students, their families, support people and teachers to come and find out about our programmes which cater to students who have special learning needs. Click here to view the upcoming dates for the information morning, and here for the registration form. Please contact Pat Ball Lecturer, Department of Community & Health Services, 815 4321 ext 8312, pball@unitec.ac.nz if you have any questions.


SAVE THE DATE – 8-11 September 2014

Workshops by Dr Larry Brendtro on Resilence and RAP (Response Ability Pathways). Dr Larry will inform about the latest brain science research relating to the development of children and provide strategies to positively support young people experiencing conflict and challenges. Click here for more information.


ImagineBetter Conference – Wellington

The title of this conference is “Moving On – Success in Transition”. The conference will be held at Te Papa in Wellington from the 12th-14th of November 2014. The conference aims to identify strategies and approaches that enable people to create success through times of change. To read more about the conference, click here. For registration information, contact Katherine Frame on Katherine@imaginebetter.co.nz or phone 09 551 1563.


Support Group for families supporting a loved one with a mental illness – North Shore

A free service for familes/whanau (from Waitakere, North Shore & Rodney) who are supporting the recovery of a loved one from mental health issues.  To be held every 2nd Tuesday of the month at Lion Foundation House, 3 William Laurie Place, Albany, 6:45- 9:00pm.  Click here to view the flier for more details.  RSVP to Merle or Margot on 09 414 2423 or merle@sfauckland.org.nz / margot@sfauckland.org.nz.


Music and Fun Play Group – Central Auckland

This play group is for children between the ages of 0-5 with special needs and their parents/caregivers. The group is held every Wednesday from 9:30-11am in the school term at the Courtyard Room, Community of St Luke, 130 Remuera Road, Newmarket. For more information, click here, or contact Margaret Davidson nzmargaret@gmail.com or Marjorie Blakeley Blakeley.m@xtra.co.nz.


Raeburn House Courses for 2014

Raeburn House has an exciting new programme to start the year! Click here to view the range of programmes available from January to June 2014, and here for the course start dates. To view the courses available for community organisations, click here. Please email learning@raeburnhouse.org.nz if you have any queries.


Everyday OT – Upcoming Events – Various locations

Everyday OT is running a range of events and camps to assist children on the Autism Spectrum, children with Dyspraxia and DCD and other learning differences to participate more confidently in recreational activities. Click here to view the flier for after-school programmes, and here for Adventure Day. To register, contact Carolyn Lotawa on 02102326398 or email carolyn@everydayot.com.


Counties/Manukau Special Needs Support Group

This is a fantastic opportunity for parents of children with special needs to get together once a month from 9:30am-12pm at Papatoetoe Adolescent Christian Trust, 311 Great South Road. There is plenty of play equipment so parents are welcome to bring their children. Click here to view the flier. Please contact Marlene on 021 120 3235 for more information.


Sport Gulf Harbour Charitable Trust & The Leisure Centre – North

The Sport Gulf Harbour Charitable Trust and The Leisure Centre are hosting a Special Needs Sports Programme designed specifically for interaction and connection with children with Special Needs. These sessions will run on a Wednesday from 4-4:30pm during school terms. Click here to view the flier for more details and click here for the registration form.


Open Studio Teen Group and Art on the Spectrum – Central

Teen Open Studio is an open studio art group for teenagers of all abilities aged 12 (approx) years plus.  Particular provision is made for teens with diverse and complex needs. Thursdays from 4–5:30pm each school term. Click here to view the flier.

Art on the Spectrum is a structured arts therapy group for six children (8-11 years) on the Autism Spectrum (ASD) facilitated by an Arts Therapist and Arts Facilitator. Wednesdays 4–5:30pm each school term.  Click here to view the flier.

Open Studio Art Groups for Children is for children of all abilities from 6 years plus. Mondays and Tuesdays 4-5:30pm each school term. Click here to view the flier.

Contact: Angie Richardson: 09 845 5361 or e-mail: angie@sparkcentre.org.nz ASAP to secure a place for your child.


Child’s Play O.T. Ltd

Occupational Therapy and Sensory Integration Therapy practice – now in Eden Terrance AND Silverdale! We offer assessment, consultation and therapy input for children and adolescents and their family/whanau. We specialise in developmental and learning disabilities such as Dyspraxia, ASD’s, ADHD/ADD, Dyslexia, Sensory Processing Disorder, developmental delay, chromosomal dysfunctions, and much more. We are also able to consult with adults who are struggling to cope with the same difficulties. For more information click here, visit www.childsplayot.co.nz or call 09 630 9314.


New Zealand Chinese Youth Trust Support Group – North

The New Zealand Chinese Youth Trust runs a support group for Chinese parents of special needs children.  Families meet every last Saturday afternoon of the month at the Milford Sea Scout Centre.  Please click here for further information in English or here for information in Chinese, or contact Mario Tang on 479 9736 or mtang@xtra.co.nz


Pasifika Autism Support Group

Support – Information – Awareness.  This group meets bi-monthly on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 10.30am till 12.30pm at Riverside Community Centre, Cnr Peace Ave and Bernard Street, Mt. Wellington.  Click here to view the dates of upcoming meetings on their website.  Contact Brian on 021 216 7772 or email asdpasifika@gmail.com


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