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Tilting the Seesaw for Teams Ashburton

Wednesday 8th May 9:30am - Thursday 9th May 3:30pm NZST
The Hotel Ashburton, 11-35 Racecourse Road Ashburton 7740, Ashburton View Map
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For Teams of family and professionals, working together to support Tamariki with autism aged 5-12 years. Teams may include parents, caregivers, other family/whanau, full primary school teachers, teacher aids, learning assistants, SENCOs, or RTLBs.

This programme is free to participants thanks to funding from the Ministry of Education.


Tilting the Seesaw for Teams is a combination of strength-based, practical strategies to support the everyday inclusion of children with autism across the full primary school and home settings. The two-day workshop is embedded within a research inquiry. Teachers will complete simple preparatory work prior to attending the two-day workshop which will intensify the focus for their new learning.

After the workshop teachers will complete an action plan and meet with other participants 2-3 months later to identify the impact of their learning.

This whole process can form an excellent Professional Development opportunity for teachers willing to transform their practice to include the education of neurodiverse learners.

At Autism New Zealand we are aware that teachers have a heavy workload, so you will have a dedicated professional from Autism New Zealand to guide you through the process.

Team Requirements: Please have the details of your full team ready when registering. ADDITIONAL TEAM MEMBERS CANNOT BE ADDED AFTER REGISTRATION

  • Supporting one child 5-12 years (multiple children will require multiple teams)
  • Child attending Full Primary School
  • 2-5 participants
  • At least one Teacher (primary contact)
  • At least one Family Member

Parent/caregiver of the child, and a teacher from the school MUST be part of the team. You will need their details to complete registration. Please ensure you provide personal contact details as Autism New Zealand will be in touch prior to the programme to provide resources.

Please provide separate email addresses for each individual Team Member. These email addresses will be used to give you access to the Tilting the Seesaw for Teams website and all the resources included. Without separate email addresses you will not be able to gain access to the Tilting the Seesaw for Teams website.


  • A better understanding of autism
  • Learning how to use the tamariki's strengths and interests to promote learning and communication
  • Learning how to implement consistent visual supports at home and at school
  • Learning how to implement stories for understanding at home and at school
  • Learning strategies for inclusion
  • Learning strategies for emotional regulation and reducing anxiety
  • Learning tools for challenging behaviour
  • Planning for success by creating an action plan and goals

Teacher Relief Costs

To apply for cover of relief teacher costs, schools should submit their invoice(s) for teacher release by emailing them to

A maximum of $150 (GST excl) per day can be reimbursed for a teacher to attend the course i.e. $345 (GST incl) for the two-day course.

The tax invoice must include the following details:

  • School name, address and bank account
  • Name of the teacher who attended the Tilting the Seesaw for Teams course, and the course date
  • Invoice number

Teacher release for this programme is managed by the Provider Services team, which is part of Learning Support at the Ministry of Education's national office in Wellington. Any enquiries regarding an invoice can be made to Provider Services by emailing


Autism New Zealand is free to join. When you register for this programme you will become an Autism New Zealand member.less

For Teams of family and professionals, working together to support Tamariki with autism aged 5-12 years. Teams may include... more

Parent, other whānau or caregiver
(Sales Ended)

Available 8 Sep 2023 - 9 May 2024

Teaching Professional (Primary Contact)
(Sales Ended)

Available 8 Sep 2023 - 9 May 2024

Teaching Professional (Other)
(Sales Ended)

Available 8 Sep 2023 - 9 May 2024

Other Team Member
(Sales Ended)

Available 8 Sep 2023 - 9 May 2024

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