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Thread: Autistic specialist schools in NZ

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006

    Default Autistic specialist schools in NZ

    hi there, we are planning to move to NZ mid 2007 and are looking at Auckland purely because we are hoping there will be a good range of schools to choose from.

    We have a son who is slightly autistic, main problems being social, language (including reading and writing) and communications and we want to get him into a school who can really help.

    DH and I both feel the UK education system doesnt have the resources to help him, we are in a very good school but he is battling against extremely bright children and not getting anywhere (hence the move).

    I understand the schooling system in NZ is very social based which is going to be fantastic for him since its one of his problem areas.

    So I was wondering if anybody out there could recommend any schools to us, we were looking in Auckland but only because we felt there would be a better range of schools.

    However if there are any in other areas of the country we would be very interested.

    Please help us, we are a bit desperate to do the right thing and not make a mistake and despite going into all the right websites (TKI etc) and being in contact with the Ministry of Education nobody has actually recommended a particular school and the ERO reports dont seem to mention it.

    As I say he is only slightly autistic so we need a mainstream school who specialises in Autism or has a unit attached.

    Thanking you in advance!


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2005


    Have you tried to contact the Austic Societies in NZ?

    I can't personally recommend a particular school, but I know lots of people who work in educational research, so can contact them for some additional info if you'd like?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2005


    I'd be interested in what you learn, being a speech therapist who has been lucky to work with many students with autism... Best of luck!

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