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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.


Establishing positive educational trajectories in early childhood education

Professor Claire McLachlan and colleagues share their project exploring how early childhood settings can inspire positive educational trajectories among young children

Understanding emotional regulation and dysregulation

Dr Tracy Stewart explores what is meant by emotional regulation and discuss practical strategies that teachers can use to support emotion regulation skills in the classroom. She will also discuss her new, not yet published, research, in which she is working together with teachers to co-develop emotion regulation skills that are embedded directly into classroom practice.

Autism and culturally responsive practice

Dr Jessica Tupou (Victoria University Wellington) will share insights from her ongoing research into supporting autistic children and the importance of taking a culturally responsive approach

Using Comparative Judgement to improve writing

Daisy Christodoulou discusses how comparative judgement can help schools improve students’ writing.

A closer look at working theories

Dr Daniel Lovatt returns to share some extended examples of how teachers can support children’s working theories.

Improving the coherence of literacy learning from ECE to Year 13

Teachers from Pupuke kāhui ako discuss their work to improve the continuity and coherence of literacy learning from early childhood education to Year 13.


Visual Arts infographic

How children use visual arts and how teachers can help.

The neurodiversity paradigm

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

Creativity infographic

Creativity in education and how teachers can support it

Bullying infographic

Key principles for preventing and responding to bullying

Principles of assessment infographic

High-quality assessment and how it supports learning

Instructional coaching infographic

The key elements of instructional coaching at a glance


How to support effective emotion regulation in schools and classrooms

Key insights from the webinar with Dr Tracy Stewart.

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.
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