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For queries related to PB4L training opportunities in your region, please email your local Ministry office.

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Support material

For more information on Incredible Years Autism for parents, download a poster and brochure (for parents of children aged two to five on the autism spectrum).

Incredible Years Parents Poster (PDF, 166 KB)

Incredible Years Parents Brochure (PDF, 1 MB)

Incredible Years: Autism Program Parent Reflections (2014) (10 minutes) – parents share how the programme has been useful.

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. Whangarei
  2. Auckland
  3. Tauranga
  4. Napier
  5. Wellington
  6. Nelson
  7. Christchurch
  8. 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

Provider name
Provider contact details
Whangarei Ministry of Education Eileen Turner
Auckland Ohomairangi Trust

Ella Smith
021 248 1748


Lynaire Doherty
021 944 498

Tauranga Te Whānau Kotahi Gill Duncan
07 571 4768
Napier Napier Family Service Centre Heather Osborne
Napier Ministry of Education Maria Boolieris
06 831 0638
Wellington Incredible Families Jane Dunbier
027 418 2671
Nelson Motueka Family Service Centre Blyda Mackey
03 528 0234
Christchurch Presbyterian Support Upper South Island Janice Huddy
03 363 8214
Invercargill Family Works Southland Margaret Whittington
03 211 8240

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