The ASD Guideline that shapes our approach

The Autism Spectrum Disorder Guideline is the basis for working with people who have ASD in schools and the community. It’s a constantly updated ‘living guideline’.

The Autism Spectrum Disorder Guideline(external link) (Ministry of Health website)

Intensive early intervention for children and students on the spectrum has significant benefits. The guideline recommends:

  • intervention and support as soon as possible 
  • responsive services for children, families and whānau
  • structured teaching and environments that reflect unique needs
  • support in everyday situations alongside their peers.

The research says that, with the right kind of teaching, students with ASD develop social and communication skills, and manage their stress and behaviour.


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