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For more information contact Incredible Years Autism 

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For more information on Incredible Years Autism for parents download a poster or brochure below.

Incredible Years Parents Poster (PDF, 166 KB)

Incredible Years Parents Brochure (PDF, 1 MB)

Parents can also view an introductory video to learn more about the programme. 

The Incredible Years Autism (for parents)

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

The Incredible Years Autism is a 14 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. 

Incredible Years Autism programmes are available in the following regions:

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

What is involved?

Parents and caregivers meet for 2.5 hours each week, over a period of 14 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.

Dates are indicative and may change.  Please contact the programme provider in your region listed below if you are interested in attending a programme. For enquiries relating to any regions not listed please contact  IncredibleYears.Autism@education.govt.nz

Region Start date End date Provider name Provider contact details
Tauranga (afternoon and evening courses) 26 February 11 June Te Whānau Kotahi Gill Duncan
07 571 4768
Napier 3 March 17 June Napier Family Service Centre Heather Osborne
Napier 12 February  TBC Ministry of Education

Michele Jones


Wellington (Lower Hutt)

Wellington (Johnsonville)

Wellington (TBC)

13 February

21 February

14 March

15 May

26 June

20 May

Incredible Families Jane Dunbier
027 418 2671
Nelson 12 March 2 July Motueka Family Service Centre Blyda Mackey
03 528 0234
Christchurch 6 March 2019 19 June 2019

Presbyterian Support

Upper South Island 

Janice Huddy
03 363 8214
Southland (Invercargill) 20 March 26 June Family Works
Margaret Whittington
03 211 8240

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