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The Incredible Years Helping Children with Autism (for teachers)

What is the Incredible Years Helping Children with Autism programme (for teachers)?

The Incredible Years Helping Children with Autism is a six-session, group-based programme for teachers and early childhood educators of children aged 2-5 with autism. By supporting the skills and confidence of the key adults in the lives of children with autism, it aims to promote children’s emotional regulation, positive social interactions and language development.

The programme covers:

  • Language development
  • Social interactions and school readiness
  • Emotional literacy and self-regulation.

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?

Teachers and early childhood educators meet weekly, for 2.5 hours, over a period of six weeks, to look at evidence-based behaviour strategies. During these collaborative sessions, participants will develop and implement goals based on the developmental needs of the children they support. 

Support materials

A video overview of the program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mXFJ8S-boU

Who to contact

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

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