Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects communication, social skills and behaviour. If your child does have ASD, there are services available to support you and your child.

Group of children lying on a bed

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects communication, social skills and behaviour. If your child does have ASD, there are services available to support you and your child.

A comic strip explaining that the autism spectrum is not linear. Someone who is neurodiverse in some areas of their brain, will also be no different to your average person in other areas of their brain. 

A range of videos and animations, including children's voices about their experience of the autism spectrum.

A listing of New Zealand organisations, resources and support available for parents, family and whānau of children and young people with autism spectrum disorder. 

Nobody has a longer relationship with a family member with a disability than their sibling. Watch Parent to Parent's videos of siblings telling their stories and find out about some sibling support groups. 

Sleep problems are common in children. In most children, healthy sleep habits will sort out their sleep problems. If your child does need more help, using a medicine such as melatonin will work better if healthy sleep habits are in place.