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About Us

The Way to Play one-day workshop is an introduction to playing with children on the Autism Spectrum. Playing with a child with autism can be a bewildering and challenging experience. The Way to Play workshop provides simple, easy to use strategies to begin playing joyously together.

Way to Play is an Autism New Zealand workshop

Participants will learn to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the importance of play for a young child with Autism.
  • Use simple play strategies such as pretend play, playing with toys and being a guide.
  • Identify methods of play such as, pattern, memory, variation and interrupting.
  • Set play goals.
  • Identify their role in playing with a young child.
  • Identify the style of play that best suits the child.

Your Way to Play Coaches

neil about
Neil Stuart,
Autism New Zealand Training & Education Director

Neil has over 20 years experience working with children with Autism. He has developed a large number of education and training programmes, including Way to Play, Framework for Autism in New Zealand (FANZ), Tilting the Seesaw, and many more. Neil also has considerable experience working with children with Autism in the mainstream classroom both in New Zealand and in the United Kingdom. This has included managing satellite classes in mainstream schools and advising schools on how best to include pupils with Autism.


tanya about
Tanya Catterall,
Autism new zealand Educator

Tanya is a mother of two daughters, one of whom is on the Autism Spectrum. She is an EarlyBird Trainer and has worked as a Teacher Aide in a Special School. Tanya is a joint contributor and developer of the Autism New Zealand suite of education programmes and travels the country delivering them. Her valuable experience living with someone with Autism provides excellent insight and adds a realistic, down-to-earth parent perspective to our programmes.

Way to Play is specifically designed to introduce practical strategies so you can play in fun and exciting ways together.

For more information and to register for the Way to Play one-day workshop, visit our website or contact:

Email: training@autismnz.org.nz

Phone: (04) 803 3501

Fax: (04) 803 3502

Postal Address: Autism New Zealand, PO Box 6455 Marion Square, Wellington 6141