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.
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.
6 group sessions cover the following topics:
- Autism in teenagers
Hidden presentation in women and girls
The autistic perspective
Spending time with other people
- Stress and anxiety
- Understanding your diagnosis
Understanding intense interests
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:
- Downloading and completing the referral form. Remember to specify the programme you wish to attend from the calendar and email this to email@example.com
- Calling 0800 605 001 and asking one of our team to complete the referral for you
- 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.
Click on your area below to find what programmes are scheduled near you:
|Albany||Thursday||4/11/2021 – 9/12/2021||10:00am – 12:00pm||FULL|
|Henderson||Monday||17/05/2021 – 28/06/2021||10:00am – 12:00pm||FULL|
|Manurewa||Monday||9/08/2021 – 13/09/2021||10:00am – 12:00pm||For six weeks|
|Mt Albert||Tuesday||10/08/2021 – 14/09/2021||10:00am – 12:00pm||For six weeks|
|Pakuranga||Wednesday||19/05/2021 – 23/06/2021||10:00am – 12:00pm||FULL|
|Penrose||Wednesday||2/11/2021 – 7/12/2021||6:00pm – 8:00pm||FULL|
|Hamilton||Wednesday||1/09/2021 – 15/09/2021||10:00am – 2:00pm||FULL|
|Kapiti – Raumati||Tuesday||11/05/2021 – 22/06/2021||12:00pm – 2:00pm||WITHDRAWN|
|Palmerston North||Tuesday||2/11/2021 – 16/11/2021||10:00am – 3:00pm||For three weeks|
|Upper Hutt||Thursday||13/05/2021 – 24/06/2021||10:00am – 2:00pm||FULL|
|Wellington – Hataitai||Monday||2/08/2021 – 6/09/2021||5:00pm – 7:00pm||FULL|
|Wellington – Petone||Tuesday||3/08/2021 – 7/09/2021||10:00am – 12:00pm||FULL|
|Wellington – Tawa||Monday||2/08/2021 – 6/09/2021||10:00am – 12:00pm||WITHDRAWN|
|Wellington – Tawa||Tuesday||19/10/2021 – 23/11/2021||10:00am – 12:00pm||For six weeks|
|Mount Maunganui||Monday||26/07/2021 – 30/08/2021||10:30am – 12:30pm||For six weeks|
|Whanganui||Tuesday||14/09/2021 – 28/09/2021||10:00am – 2:00pm||For three weeks|
|Ashburton||Friday||29/10/2021 – 3/12/2021||11:00am – 1:00pm||For six weeks|
|Christchurch – Fendalton||Wednesday||4/08/2021 – 8/09/2021||11:00am – 1:00pm||FULL|
|Christchurch – Pegasus||Tuesday||26/10/2021 – 30/11/2021||10:00am – 12:00pm||For six weeks|
|Christchurch – New Brighton||Wednesday||26/05/2021 – 30/06/2021||10:30am – 12:30pm||FULL|
|Nelson – Richmond||Thursday||29/07/2021 – 2/09/2021||10:00am – 12:00pm||FULL|
|Dunedin||Monday||23/08/2021 – 27/09/2021||6:00pm – 8:00pm||For six weeks|
|Invercargill||Wednesday||10/11/2021 – 24/11/2021||10:00am – 2:30pm||For three weeks|
Remote Delivery Teen Life Programmes
|Remote Delivery||Wednesday||18/08/2021 – 22/09/2021||10:00am – 12:00pm||FULL|
|Remote Delivery||Monday||23/08/2021 – 27/09/2021||1:00pm – 3:00pm||FULL|
|Remote Delivery||Wednesday||28/07/2021 – 1/09/2021||1:00pm – 3:00pm||FULL|
|Remote Delivery||Tuesday||27/07/2021 – 31/08/2021||1:00pm – 3:00pm||FULL|
|Remote Delivery||Thursday||05/08/2021 – 09/09/2021||10:00am – 12:00pm||FULL|
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