Parenting

Special needs parenting is often unplanned and can sometimes feel challenging. Here are some resources that can help you with your special needs journey.

 

Internet safety 

People from all walks of life and all kinds of backgrounds fall victim to online bullying and cybercrime, but studies have shown that those with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more susceptible to online threats than others. 

Netsafe.org.nz talks about using settings or apps that allow parents to control their child’s activity online. 

Are you ok provides tips on how you can increase your child's privacy and safety when using the internet and phones.

 

Parenting through separation 

Parenting Through Separation is a free information course for individual parents who have separated or who are contemplating separation. The course is funded by the Ministry of Justice, and is designed to help parents understand and manage the effects of separation on their children, and how to put their children’s needs first.

 

Disabled parenting

Yes Disability provides direct services, information and referrals for disabled parents

 

Sexuality

  • Family Planning has a range of resources that can guide parents, caregivers, family members, teachers and carers to give the young person in their lives the tools and information to navigate their sexual development.
  • To Be Frank offers education sessions for disabled people that provide a safe space to ask vulnerable questions in a relaxed, non-judgmental setting.

 

Dating

  • My Kind is an online dating platform for disabled people. The platform is researched and designed by Kiwis with disabilities and people working in not-for-profit organisations in the disability sector. 

 

Planning for your disabled child's future 

  • Guardianship may need to be considered in cases where the disabled person has limited decision-making capacity and requires someone to make decisions on their behalf such as health care, medical intervention, housing or access to services.

 

 

ENDS

 

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