Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism spectrum disorder effects a number of children in care. It is a developmental disorder characterised by difficulties in social interaction and communication and by restricted or repetitive patterns of thought and behaviour.
This page has been developed as an autism check list for social workers to help you to cover the basics. This page was initially developed for staff in Auckland therefore some of links will be Auckland specific - it will be updated over time to include national resources.
Is there a diagnosis?
- Altogether Autism - will endeavour to provide a full Individualised Information Pack within seven working days. Please ensure young people with autism and their family/caregiver have one of these.
Link to a support group including cultural support pre and post diagnosis
- Pasifika Autism Support Group
- Autism NZ - wide range of support /advocacy /advice /networks /information.
- Chinese Autism Support
- Disability Connect - excellent support and information for families
- Parent to Parent - links parents with other parents and teaches self advocacy
- ASD Kids' Trust child service providers
Training courses including parenting
- Programmes — EarlyBird — for under 5s with autism diagnosis - 3 months coaching — Autism NZ
- Tips for Autism - 3 days, teachers and parents. 5-12 year olds, based around your child
- Programmes — F.A.N.Z. (Framework for Autism in NZ) 2-day course — Autism NZ
- Programmes — Way to Play - Joyous playing one day course — Autism NZ
- Programmes — Tilting the Seesaw-Pilot Programme 6 modules for primary school teachers and staff — Autism NZ
In-home disability and transition supports
- Enrol with Auckland NASC (Taikura Trust) to gain access to in-home and transition services (not in-school), behaviour support, personal carers in home, respite carer support (informal respite option), choices in community, supported living and other services.
Education and early intervention
- CCS Disability Action - early intervention, speech language therapy and more
- When your child needs special education support — Ministry of Education
- Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS) — Ministry of Education
- Ministry of Education: Learning support (was special education) across all ages - this is a very important website link, it covers behaviour, transport, ORS, assistive technology and more
- IHC — IDEA services for early childhood
- Ministry of Education: Choosing and enrolling your teenager at secondary school (includes brochure 'Going to secondary school — Information for parents and caregivers of young people with special educaiton needs')
- Work and Income: Benefits and payments
- Work and Income: Supported living payment
- Employment NZ: Resources and government support for disabled employees and jobseekers
- Launchpad - leaving school and leading your own life (Australian)
Access services below through GP:
- Paediatrician and ASD Developmental Coordinator (DHB)
- Infant and Maternal Mental Health Service (DHB)
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHs - DHB)
Private Counselling - contact your local Autism NZ branch for a list of private counselling providers
Social and recreation
- Healthcare Holding Ltd - Explore Specialist Advice - new national behaviour support provider, accessed through Taikura Trust
- School e.g. SENCO, Individual Education Plan (IEP), playground management, linking with buddies, restorative justice programmes, workign with parents etc
- Resource Teacher Learning and Behaviour (RTLB)
- MoE - Special Education Services and Support – ORS, severe behaviour, speech-language, psychology.
- Intensive Wraparound Service (IWS)
- Stand-downs, suspensions, exclusions, expulsions — information on the Ministry of Education's Parents website
- Paediatric services: District Health Boards
- CAMHs: District Health Boards
- Medication support – GP, Paediatrician, CAMHs
- Pre-school, School, Ministry of Education - Link all programmes across school and home
- Use visual resources like the results in the example Googel search
- Ministry of Education — Assistive Technology
- IHC - Future (PATH) planning for people with ASD ages 11-15