Autism Southland Courses:

There are two amazing Autism courses/workshops being held over the next few months.

If you are interested in attending below is some information about Autism New Zealand course FANZ in Invercargill and Queenstown, and Autism Explained Online Summit.

Framework for Autism in New Zealand (FANZ)

Invercargill Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th October

Queenstown Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th November

To register   – if you need any help registering please let me know.

Ideal introductory programme for autistic adults, family/whānau, and professionals.

FANZ is specifically designed for anyone living or involved with anyone (child to adult) on the autism spectrum, who wants some understanding and practical strategies to enhance the lives and maximise the learning opportunities for those individuals.

FANZ is a two-day introductory programme that enables participants to create a framework for understanding and supporting a person on the Autism Spectrum. It is a collection of evidence-based strategies and recommendations from the New Zealand ASD Guidelines. The programme is delivered through presentations, video examples, practical role play, and application of the strategies.

What participants say about FANZ

“Enjoyable, enlightening, entertaining, energising. Ka pai te mahi! It is always great to refresh, up skill and remember the varied ways to support these wonderful individuals who see the world in magically different ways to ourselves.”

“All fantastic. Practical suggestions, great stories; approachable facilitators; a huge insight into someone with Autism, what to expect, characteristics, a plan, ideas, behaviours and how to deal with them.”

“The workshop was relevant, delivered clearly and used a variety of situations that are often familiar on a daily basis and we now have strategies to employ when dealing with people with ASD.”


  • A better understanding of the autism spectrum
  • Practical strategies to apply immediately, including the use of visual supports, how to teach new activities and writing stories for understanding
  • A framework to plan for success using the Autism New Zealand Seesaw
  • A better understanding of challenging behaviour, including prevention and teaching of alternative behaviours
  • A workbook, certificate, and notes from the programme

Evaluation of the Framework for Autism in New Zealand Workshops, November 2015, Phoenix Research.

Participants in the FANZ workshops showed strong improvements from pre to post workshop and subsequently at three months after. Participants reported intentions to make changes following the workshop and these were in place three to four months post workshop. The extent to which participants would recommend a FANZ workshop to a friend or colleague is very high at the conclusion and increases after three months.

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$50 per person for family/whānau of a person with autism

$50 per person for an autistic adult

The Autism Explained Online Summit is an online training event for parents of autistic children. Featuring interviews with 20+ highly respected experts in autism, the summit covers understanding autism, family life, transitions, strategies and creating a supportive environment.

This free online training event runs 21-25 September 2020. Five sessions will be scheduled for each day, with free access to replays with a 48hr viewing window. If you want longer access to the training, you can purchase the Lifetime Access Bonus Bundle, which includes lifetime access to each session, as well as extra benefits to help you in your parenting journey.

Haven’t registered yet? GET YOUR FREE TICKET NOW! –

Wendy Jenkins

Outreach Coordinator & LEGO Coordinator

Autism New Zealand Southland Branch

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