Developmental disability

Check this section for an overview of some specific conditions. You can also watch a series of videos about parenting a child with Down syndrome. Mel's son, Ryan, was diagnosed after birth with Down syndrome. Mel talks about the first 24 hours after receiving the unexpected news, the challenges associated with raising Ryan, how it's affected her relationship with her husband, and her parenting style. You might also find the section on disability support helpful.

Young girl with disability smiling to camera while at the track in a stadium

Children and young people with ADHD may have poor concentration, poor control of impulses and can be overactive. This interferes with their ability to learn and socialise and can affect family functioning. Children with ADHD need support and understanding from family/whānau, teachers and the community.

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.

Cerebral palsy is a permanent physical condition that affects muscle control. It is the most common physical disability in childhood.

A series of 6 video clips featuring Melanie Mora and her family. Mel is mother to 3 boys - Jamie, Ryan and Ethan. She talks about her experience of receiving a post-birth diagnosis of Down syndrome for her middle son Ryan.

Meet Mel and her family in a series of video clips. Mel is mother to 3 boys - Jamie, Ryan and Ethan. Her middle son Ryan was diagnosed after birth with Down syndrome.