Where can I find a parent support group?
North Shore Autism Support Group
For parents who have children on the autism spectrum of all ages. The facility is a safe environment to bring your pre-schooler if necessary, although they remain the parent’s responsibility.
Where: Rimu Room, Windsor Park Baptist Church, 550 East Coast Road, Mairangi Bay.
When: Last Friday of the month (outside of school holidays)
Contact: Helen Milmine: Ph 09 414 2164, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Coffee and Playgroup – Support for parents with autistic kids
This is a flexible group, here to help you form support networks in the community. Make new friendships, find support, share stories and your challenges. There is a fully fenced playground and inside space that is safe and comfortable. All ages welcome. Tea, coffee and cake will be provided.
Where: Birkdale Community House, 134 Birkdale Road, Birkdale
When: Fridays, 1:00-2:30pm during term time
Support groups for Indian, Chinese and culturally-diverse families. Open to parents of children of all age groups. Meetings usually begin with a presentation by a specialist on a chosen topic and is followed by a shared lunch and the opportunity to chat with other parents.
Where: South Auckland venues
Contact: Sanny Chan: Ph: 526 1298, email: email@example.com
Franklin Autism and Aspergers Support Group
For parents and caregivers with children on the spectrum of all ages (including adult children)
Where: Te Kupenga room, Parkside Special School, Wellington Street, Pukekohe
When: Last Wednesday each month (except school holidays) from 10am-12pm
Contact: Brenda: Ph: 021 117 3923, email firstname.lastname@example.org
St Columba Special Kids and Families Playgroup, Botany
A playgroup for parents of preschool children diagnosed with ASD, Aspergers or ADHD.
Where: Functions rooms, St Columba, 480 Ti Rakau Drive, Botany
When: Every Wednesday 12.30 -2.30pm
Contact: Talita Ph 021132869, email email@example.com
Cost: $2 per family.
Pasifika Autism Support Group (PASG)
PASG provides support, information and awareness in Auckland for the Pasifika Community.
Where: Riverside Community Centre, Cnr Bernard and Peace Ave, Mt Wellington.
When: for details of meetings and outings please visit the PASG Facebook page: www.facebook.com/PASGNZ/
Contact: Brian: Ph 021 216 7772, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Villette: email@example.com
There are many occupational therapy (OT) options available, and we recommend an internet search to find an OT that best fits with your family’s needs.
As an example, here is one website that lists OTs by area: www.otnz.co.nz
Here are some useful websites:
- New Zealand Speech-language Therapists’ Association: www.speechtherapy.org.nz
- Specialist Therapy Services www.stsnz.biz
- Speak To Me: www.speaktome.co.nz
Sports and Physical Activities
Join In Jumping Beans, a physical development programme just for children with autism: www.autism.org.nz/join-jumping-beans
Special Olympics New Zealand offers a year-round programme of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. More on their website: www.specialolympics.org.nz
Riding for the Disabled (RDA) has many groups across New Zealand. Take a look at their website to find one near you: www.rda.org.nz
Riding for the Differently Abled, Kumeu: contact Sam Holcroft, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pasifika Autism Support Group (PASG)
Autism New Zealand
Child’s Play OT
CCS Disability Action
Education, Employment, Empowerment
For skate, holidays, adventure, surfing.
Focus Therapy O. T. Brain Gym, Educ. Kinesiologist
Improving Life Outcomes (previously Dotty Wobble)
Includes Altogether Autism &