Book a half hour Autism CHAT with a Children’s Autism Foundation Family Consultant. Meet with one of our friendly, experienced consultants for a relaxed session to discuss any issues or questions you have related to autism (eg. behaviours, school, anxiety, communication, social skills, diagnosis, toileting, sleeping etc). These sessions are designed with a focus on your family, equipping you with the strategies & information you need to be able to support your child and be confident in your parenting. Includes follow-up support by phone, email or Zoom.
Ellerslie – Wednesday 7th April / 21st April / 5th May / 19th May / 2nd June / 16th June
Fillan Healthcare, Ellerslie Village
Hamilton – Thursday 13th May
The Link, Claudelands Road, Hamilton
Tauranga – Friday 14th May
Papamoa Community Centre, Papamoa
More 2021 dates available soon!
Should I bring my child to my CHAT session? You are welcome to attend with or without your child.
Can I bring my pre-schooler to my CHAT session? Yes, younger children are welcome.
Does my child need to have an Autism diagnosis? Yes, our CHAT sessions are provided to whanau of children who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. However, you are welcome to make an appointment if you are currently on the pathway to diagnosis or need advice around seeking a diagnosis.
What happens if I need to cancel my CHAT session? You can cancel your CHAT anytime (must be no later than 7 days prior to receive a refund of your booking fee) but please phone or email us so that we can offer the slot to another family on our waiting list.
What can I expect from my CHAT session? This session is an opportunity for you to discuss any issues or challenges that you may be facing as a parent or caregiver of a child with Autism. Our Family Consultant may be able to provide you with information, tips, tools and strategies to enable you to better support your child and whanau at home, at school and in the community.
Is there a charge for my CHAT session? Our Autism CHAT sessions (valued at $80) are provided FREE thanks to support from our funders. A booking fee of $20 applies but we are able to waive this fee for any family or individual who cannot afford to pay right now. Simply phone or email us and we will book your CHAT session at no cost. Please don’t be afraid to ask!