Information articles

March 2, 2020

Employment and disability

By Louise Ratcliffe BSc(hons). Support and Information Team Leader  The draft Disability Employment Action1 plan was put out for consultation from 25th November 2019 through to 21st February 2020.  […]
February 13, 2020

Quality of the sibling relationship

A new study reveals having a sibling with an intellectual disability provides an opportunity for a better-quality sibling relationship with higher levels of empathy and closeness, […]
January 30, 2020

Peer inclusion & understanding autism in the classroom

 Tips to support peer inclusion and understanding of autism in the classroom A guide for parents and educators Peer attitudes towards individuals with autism play a […]
December 10, 2019

Feeling judged as a parent of a child with special needs

By Louise Ratcliffe BSc (Hons) – Information Officer for Parent to Parent Inc Parents constantly feel under scrutiny thanks to media portrayals of ‘ideal family life’, and the […]
December 1, 2019

Travelling with children with disabilities

By Julie Peake Former Parent to Parent and Altogether Autism researcherB Soc. Sci (Hons) (Psychology and Sociology), Dip Social Work, PG Dip SSS  Travelling can be challenging, […]
November 1, 2019

Second Generation – Developing a Life Plan

By Lisa Pirihi – Accountabilities Coordinator for Parent to Parent Developing a life plan, or future planning, for a child or family member with a disability helps to […]
October 1, 2019
Sad teen boy sitting at the beach looking at sunset

Health Spotlight: Depression

What is it?  Depression ranges in seriousness from mild, temporary episodes of sadness to severe, persistent depression. It isn’t the same as depression caused by a loss, such […]
October 1, 2019
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Why is Sibling Support important?

By JULIE PEAKE, B.Soc.Sci (Hons – Psychology & Sociology), Dip Social Work, PG Dip SS Supervision. Registered Social Worker.    When a child in a family has a disability and/or […]
September 1, 2019
Adolescents and anxiety article by the support and information team

Adolescents and Anxiety

By Alicia King, Information Officer  Rise of adolescents suffering from anxiety  According to Ministry of Health (2018) the number of adolescents suffering from anxiety over the […]
August 15, 2019
Man receiving diagnosis from specialist.

Adult Autism Diagnosis

By Louise Ratcliffe BSc(hons) Information Officer for Parent to Parent Inc  What?  The process of diagnosing Autism in a person over the age of 18 is […]
June 28, 2019

Parenting and puberty – how to navigate “The Agony and Ecstasy Years” with a special-needs child

By Louise Ratcliffe BSc(Hons) – Information Officer for Parent to Parent Inc Puberty can be a challenging and tumultuous time not just for kids, but also […]
May 16, 2019

Picky eating

Picky eating.  Every parent will have a story to tell when it comes to children and food.  If your child’s eating is causing ongoing distress, trust your […]
April 5, 2019

Accessing the NASC

Disability support services to assist you to reach your goals and maximise independence, NASC is the first step for people living with a disability to access government funded […]
March 1, 2019

Enabling Good Lives (EGL) and Mana Whaikaha

By Louise Ratcliffe BSc(hons), Information Officer for Parent to Parent Inc What is EGL? EGL stands for ‘Enabling Good Lives’ which is a concept created in […]
February 1, 2019

Parenting through separation and beyond – children with additional needs

By SUSAN FINDLAY, BTchg When relationships end, it is difficult for all involved to work through the myriad of emotional, financial, legal and day-to-day practicalities and […]
December 4, 2018

Promoting functional home and school relationships

By SUSAN FINDLAY, BTchg Parent to Parent Information OfficerThe intention of this article is to provide ideas for the development of positive relationships between families (whānau/carers) […]
November 8, 2018

What are IEPs?

Compiled by Louise Ratcliffe BSc (hons), Information Officer, Parent to Parent An Individual Education Plan (IEP) is the plan that is developed for your child when […]
October 4, 2018

Enduring power of attorney and PPP&R Act

By JULIE PEAKE, B.Soc.Sci (Hons – Psychology & Sociology), Dip Social Work, PG Dip SS Supervision. Registered Social Worker. Parent to Parent/Altogether Autism Researcher Disabled people […]
September 6, 2018

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

By REBECCA ARMSTRONG, MAppPsy Parent to Parent Researcher FASD is an umbrella term for children or adults with a multitude of symptoms and confirmed maternal consumption […]
August 2, 2018

Fact checking

By Louise Ratcliffe BSc (hons), Information Officer, Parent to Parent In this age of instant information, and the ability of anyone to self-publish, it is crucial […]
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