Teen Life

The Teen Life programme aims to empower parents and supporting professionals to understand more about how autism is experienced by autistic teenagers. 

It creates opportunities to discuss useful strategies and share ideas to support the young person. For our face-to-face programmes, parents/caregivers can choose to have a professional attend alongside them, but this isn’t compulsory and is limited to one person. Unfortunately, we are unable to include professionals on our remote programmes.

The programme is fully funded by the Ministry of Health so there is no cost to participants.

Autism Support for Autistic Teenagers

Who Can Attend?

Parents/caregivers of a child aged between 10 and 15 (up to 16th birthday) who has an autism diagnosis. Up to two family members and a supporting professional (invited by the family) can attend together.  The child/teenager does not attend the programme with the family.

In response to the increasing numbers of Omicron cases in our community, all our term two scheduled programmes will now be delivered remotely.  We use MS Teams to deliver these programmes.  

To join you will need a device (tablet or computer) and access to the internet. 

The Programme

6 group sessions cover the following topics:

  1. Autism in teenagers
    Hidden presentation in women and girls
    The autistic perspective

  2. Self-esteem
    Spending time with other people

  3. Stress and anxiety
    Understanding behaviour

  4. Understanding your diagnosis
    Understanding intense interests
    Managing expectations

  5. Puberty
    Independence skills

  6. Education
    Planning for the future

How to apply?

Parents/caregivers can apply by:

Choosing a programme from the schedule below and then doing one of the following:

  1. Downloading and completing the referral form. Remember to specify the programme you wish to attend from the calendar and email this to [email protected]
  2. Calling 0800 605 001 and asking one of our team to complete the referral for you
  3. Ask another professional in the teenager’s support team to complete the referral e.g. Service coordinator at NASC, Developmental/autism coordinator

We can accommodate a maximum of 6 families per programme and places will be allocated on a first received basis. We need a minimum of 4 families to run the programme so the programme may need to be cancelled if we don’t receive enough referrals.

CourseDayDatesTimesWeeks Running
Remote Delivery (was New Plymouth)Mon, Tues, Wed7/03/2022 – 9/03/202210:30am – 2:30pmWITHDRAWN
Remote delivery Tues, Wed, Thurs29/03/2022 – 7/04/20221:00pm – 3:00pmFULL
Remote Delivery (was Tauranga)Tuesday3/05/2022 – 7/06/202210:00am – 12:00pmFULL
Remote DeliveryTuesday3/05/2022 – 7/06/202212:30pm – 2:30pmFULL
Remote DeliveryThursday5/05/2022 – 9/06/202212:00pm – 2:00pmFULL
Remote DeliveryMonday9/05/2022 – 13/06/202210:00am – 12:00pmFULL
Remote DeliveryTues, Wed, Thurs10/05/2022 – 19/05/20222:30pm – 4:30pmFULL
Remote delivery (was Lower Hutt )Tuesday10/05/2022 – 14/06/202210:00am – 12:00pmFULL
Remote DeliveryTues, Wed, Thurs10/05/2022 – 12/05/202210:00am – 2:00pmFULL
Remote DeliveryTuesday10/05/2022 – 14/06/20225:30pm – 7:30pmFULL
Remote DeliveryWednesday11/05/2022 – 15/06/20225:30pm – 8:00pmFULL
Remote Delivery (was Dunedin)Friday13/05/2022 – 17/06/202212:00pm – 2:30pmWITHDRAWN
Remote DeliveryMonday16/05/2022 – 20/06/202210:00am – 12:00pmFULL
Remote DeliveryWednesday18/05/2022 – 22/06/202210:00am – 12:00pmFULL
Remote Delivery (was Whanganui)Wednesday8/06/2022 – 22/06/202210:00am – 2:00pmFULL
Remote DeliveryThursday28/07/2022 – 1/09/202212:00pm – 2:00pmFor six weeks
New PlymouthMon, Tues, Wednesday1/08/2022 – 3/08/202210:30am – 2:30pmFor three days
Remote DeliveryTuesday2/08/2022 – 6/09/20226:00pm – 8:00pmFULL
Raumati BeachTuesday2/08/2022 – 6/09/202210:00am – 12:00pmFor six weeks
WhangareiWednesday3/08/2022 – 7/09/20225:30pm – 8:00pmFor six weeks
WellingtonThursday4/08/2022 – 8/09/202210:00am – 12:00pmFpr six weeks
Remote DeliveryThursday4/08/2022 – 8/09/20223:00pm – 5:00pmFor six weeks
ChristchurchMonday8/08/2022 – 12/09/202212:30pm – 2:30pmFor six weeks
Remote DeliveryMonday8/08/2022 – 12/09/202210:00am – 12:00pmFor six weeks
Remote DeliveryTuesday9/08/2022 – 13/09/202210:00am – 12:00pmFor six weeks
HamiltonMon, Tues, Wednesday19/09/2022 – 21/09/202210:00am – 2:00pmFor three days
TaurangaWednesday19/10/2022 – 23/11/20229:30am – 11:30amFor six weeks
Remote DeliveryWednesday19/10/2022 – 30/11/202210:00am – 12:00pmFor six weeks
Remote DeliveryWednesday19/10/2022 – 23/11/20226:00pm – 8:00pmFULL
DunedinMonday31/10/2022 – 5/12/202210:00am – 12:00pmFor six weeks
Auckland PenroseTuesday1/11/2022 – 6/12/20226:00pm – 8:00pmFor six weeks
NelsonMonday7/11/2022 – 12/12/202210:00am – 12:00pmFor six weeks
Palmerston NorthWednesday9/11/2022 – 23/11/202210:00am – 2:00pmFor three weeks
HamiltonMon, Tues, Wednesday14/11/2022 – 16/11/202210:00am – 2:00pmFor three days
North Island


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