Autism - Takiwātanga (ASD)

Autism - takiwātanga (ASD) is a difference in development that affects communication, social skills and behaviour. If your child does have autism - takiwātanga, there are services available to support your child, you and your whānau.

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Autism - takiwātanga (ASD) is a difference in development that affects communication, social skills and behaviour. If your child does have autism - takiwātanga, there are services available to support your child, you and your whānau. 

Children with autism - takiwātanga often have differences in the way they communicate and behave. Check the signs of autism - takiwātanga by age group.

Read about what happens if you, your whānau, your child's teachers, Well Child nurse or family doctor raise concerns about your child's development or notice signs of autism - takiwātanga in your child.

Providing the right support for your child with autism - takiwātanga can significantly change their learning and their relationships.

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 - takiwātanga. 

If you receive news that your child has special needs, it can be distressing. Remember, there are services available when you want or need help.

When your child is diagnosed with a chronic illness or disability, coping is an ongoing process. Everybody copes in a different way. Seek support when you need it.

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.

Many parents think about using complementary or alternative medicine approaches for their children. There are some important things to think about using these approaches for your child.

Financial support may be available because of your child's special needs. 

If your child has a long-term disability, a needs assessment is the first step towards getting support or services for your child and family.