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An introduction to neurodiversity and neurodivergence

An explanation of the concept of neurodiversity as a strengths-based approach to learning differences, and an introduction to some of the different forms of neurodiversity.

A strengths-based approach to teaching neurodiverse learners

A set of strategies to help teachers support neurodiverse learners by building on their strengths while addressing their learning needs.

Sensory processing differences in the classroom

An introduction to understanding sensory processes differences and the impact they may have in classrooms and schools.

An introduction to Developmental Coordination Disorder

How to support students with Developmental Coordination Disorder in schools and classrooms.

An introduction to fetal alcohol spectrum disorder

How fetal alcohol spectrum disorder affects children and young people, and the implications it has for students at school and in life.

Supporting neurodivergent students by developing the home-school partnership

Building supportive partnerships with families of neurodivergent students.

Sample safety or de-escalation plan

An example of a de-escalation plan designed to support students to emotionally self-regulate at school.

Understanding and supporting emotional self-regulation at school

Understanding and supporting emotional self-regulation at school: Why some students may find it difficult to regulate their emotions at school, and what to do to support them.

An introduction to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

How OCD affects students, and what schools can do to provide support.

Writing and neurodivergence

Understanding some of the common challenges with writing that neurodivergent students may experience.

Mental health and wellbeing for neurodivergent students

Understanding the additional mental health needs of neurodivergent students.

Developmental dyscalculia

An introduction to dyscalculia, a cognitive difference that affects students' ability to understand and work with quantities and numbers.

Strategies for supporting students with FASD

A set of approaches and strategies for promoting the wellbeing and achievement of students with FASD at school.


Free webinar: Neurodiversity and New Zealand’s education system

We held a free webinar to launch our research report into the experiences of neurodivergent children and those supporting them in Aotearoa New Zealand’s education system. Watch the recording of our webinar where we discuss the reports key findings and to explore what needs to happen to improve the support and opportunities neurodivergent young people receive in New Zealand.

Understanding Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

Kim Milne (principal advisor at FASD-CAN) discusses what FASD is, how it affects children and adolescents and what teachers and schools can do to support students with FASD

Supporting neurodivergent students in the classroom

Dr Emily McDougal (Anna Freud Centre) shares insights from her work into supporting neurodivergent students in schools and classrooms.

Neurodiversity in education

Exploring the challenges that neurodiverse students face in schools and as they move on to tertiary education, as well as how teachers and schools can help to ameliorate these challenges

Supporting neurodiverse learners to demonstrate their intellect and capability

Trish and Fay Purdie-Nicholls discuss the underpinning principles for teaching and leadership, and the core practices they have developed to enable neurodiverse learners to demonstrate their intellect and capability.


The neurodiversity paradigm

How can you adopt a strengths-based approach to help neurodiverse students succeed in your classroom?


The illusion of inclusion

The experiences of neurodivergent children and those supporting them in Aotearoa New Zealand’s education system – this report reveals the perspectives and experiences of 2,400 people engaged with neurodivergent young people

Key ideas for supporting students with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

Insights from our webinar with Kim Milne from FASD-CAN.

Key challenges for neurodivergent students in school settings and how to help

Insights from the webinar with Emily McDougal on supporting neurodivergent students in schools and classrooms.

One student’s experience of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

A firsthand account of how undiagnosed OCD profoundly affected one student's experiences at school.
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