Information articles

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 […]
June 26, 2018

Dyspraxia

Carolyn Jury, BAppSocSci (Counselling) Support and Information Coordinator What is Dyspraxia? May also be known as Developmental Coordination Disorder/DCD Motor coordination is significantly below expected for […]
June 7, 2018

Internet Safety and Young People

Rebecca Armstrong, MAppPsy Researcher, Parent to Parent The majority of people in New Zealand today have access to the internet from anywhere and we are increasingly […]
April 26, 2018

Developmental Delay (DD) – Diagnosis and Prognosis

By SUSAN FINDLAY, BTchg Parent to Parent Information Officer   This article is intended to answer some questions you may have if you are concerned that […]
April 3, 2018

Know your professionals

By CAROLYN JURY (BAppSocSci, Counselling) Support and Information Coordinator When your child is diagnosed with a disability or serious health condition, your world can feel like […]
March 26, 2018

The language of ability

By LOUISE RATCLIFFE BSc (Hons) Parent to Parent Information Officer Language is unique to humans as our method of communication.  It is an astonishing and powerful […]
February 9, 2018

School Transitions

January 18, 2018

Visual supports

What are visual supports? A visual support refers to using a picture or other visual item as a tool to teach skills in communication, social interaction, […]
December 4, 2017

Summer holidays

Christmas holidays can be challenging. Some of you may find juggling work and having the children off school stressful, along with family commitments and financial pressures […]
November 15, 2017

Sensory and behaviour meltdowns

Meltdowns are involuntary responses to overwhelming feelings and to over-stimulating environments. Meltdowns are not tantrums; the most distinguishing difference is that meltdowns are uncontrollable, while tantrums […]
September 22, 2017

What are Executive Function skills?

Executive function skills are the mental processes that enable us to organise and plan, focus attention, remember instructions, understand complex or abstract concepts and use new […]
August 31, 2017

Sleep Hygiene

Sleep problems are a common occurrence for many people and may include difficulty falling asleep, frequent night wakening and early wakening without being able to get […]
July 24, 2017

How to prepare for meetings

As the parent or caregiver of a child with a disability or a serious medical condition, you will attend a lot of meetings – with specialists, […]
July 6, 2017

Functions of behaviour

Behaviours that are repeated have some sort of function. Identifying the function of a behaviour means investigating why that behaviour is occurring. For challenging behaviours, a […]
June 26, 2017

Study Tips for Exams

Studying can be a challenging task, especially for students with learning disabilities, autism, ADHD or any other difficulty that may impact on their performance. Exams can […]