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The Incredible Years Autism (for parents)

What is the Incredible Years Autism programme (for parents)?

The Incredible Years Autism is a 14-16 session, group-based programme for parents of children aged 2-5 on the autism spectrum. By supporting the skills and confidence of the key adults in the lives of children on the autism spectrum, it aims to promote children’s emotional regulation, positive social interactions, language development and relationships with others.

The programme covers:

  • Child-directed narrated play promotes positive relationships
  • Pre-academic and persistence coaching promotes language development and school readiness
  • Social coaching promotes friendship skills
  • Emotion coaching promotes emotional literacy
  • Pretend play promotes empathy and social skills
  • Promoting children’s self-regulation skills
  • Using praise and rewards to motivate children
  • Limit setting and behaviour management. 

This programme is being offered in the following regions in 2018:

  1. Auckland
  2. Tauranga
  3. Hawke’s Bay
  4. Wellington
  5. Nelson
  6. Christchurch
  7. Invercargill.

Further programmes will be announced later this year.

What is involved?

Parents and caregivers meet for 2.5 hours each week, over a period of 14-16 weeks, to explore parenting strategies. The programme is highly interactive, collaborative and self-directed, and driven by the child’s developmental abilities and goals.

How to access the programme

Parents of children on the autism spectrum can be referred to the programme by early learning services or schools, health professionals and community organisations, or they can refer themselves. Referrals are made by contacting your local programme provider.

Confirmed programme dates and provider contact details:

Start date Region Provider name Provider contact details
27 and 28 March 2018 Bay of Plenty (Tauranga) Te Whanau Kotahi Gill Duncan
07 571 4768
6 April 2018 Hawke's Bay (Napier) Napier Family Service Centre Heather Osborne
Andrea Driver 
06 843 7280
2 May 2018 Southland (Invercargill) Presbyterian Support Southland (Family Works) Margaret Whittington
03 211 8240
6 May 2018 Wellington Incredible Families Diana Linforth-Howden
027 474 5869
Jane Dunbier
027 418 2671
June - TBC Christchurch Presbyterian Support Upper South Island (Family Works) Janice Huddy
03 363 8214
TBC Nelson Marlborough Westport (Motueka) Motueka Family Service Centre Blyda Mackey
03 528 0234

Support materials

Parent reflections on the programme  (You Tube video)

Who to contact

For more information about the programme, contact incredibleyears.autism@education.govt.nz

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