Drug and Alcohol – Alateen
COMMUNITY ALCOHOL AND DRUG SERVICES - CADS
Recreational drug use and addiction is a complex issue that has permeated the culture and touched the lives of most families. Find out more here.
Adventure and Youth Development
Outward Bound uses an incredible learning environment to aid social and emotional learning, the foundations of personal development. Sponsorship and scholarships for a range of courses are available.
Hillary Outdoors Education Centres
Spirit of Adventure Trust
Raise up n Represent
Tracks (Boys) / Tides (Girls)
Autism New Zealand including Aspergers and related disorders
Autism New Zealand Inc. provides support, training, advocacy, resources and information on autism spectrum disorders including Asperger syndrome. Our members include those who have these conditions, their family/whanau, caregivers and professionals working with them.
How to Calm a Child with Autism
Techniques for avoiding and managing meltdowns can be found here
Estate Planning for Parents of Kids with Autism
Netsafe (Online Bullying)
Online bullying can be tough to deal with, and it can feel like there’s ‘no escape’ – but there’s help available.
If you’re being bullied online, or if someone has sent or posted something about you that makes you upset, you can contact Netsafe and they'll let you know what you can do about it.
0800 What's Up
Depression and anxiety affects us all differently. We all face challenges to our mental health. Depression and anxiety changes the way we think, feel and deal with tough times. Talk to the Depression Helpline today.
Change, Loss & Grief
NetSafe: The internet safety group
NetSafe, the programme of New Zealand's Internet Safety Group (ISG), is cybersafety education for all New Zealanders - children, parents, schools, community organisations and businesses. The ISG has been designated the Ministry of Education's 'agent of choice' for cybersafety education in New Zealand.
Cyberbullying and Internet Safety for Kids
The stranger danger scare easily applies to a random creepy person your kid might run into on the street. Most kids know better than to go near them. But what happens when a friend — someone they’ve been opening up to for months, building a solid, trusting emotional relationship — wants to meet in real life? How does a parent deal with classmates who’ve created a group on social media dedicated solely to humiliating, embarrassing, and spreading rumours about their child?
Read more here.
Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand is a charity that works towards creating a society free from discrimination, where all people enjoy positive mental health & wellbeing.
Big Brothers Big Sisters (Christchurch)
Big Brothers Big Sisters is designed to provide young people with trustworthy adults who will listen, take an interest in them and be there in times of need.
NZ Youth Mentoring Network
Special Interest Groups
Based in Auckland, this private company offers regular weekly classes in drama and dance which lead to professional productions, and school holiday programmes. Contact Performance Net today.
Parent to Parent
Parent to Parent is a support and information network for parents of children with special needs. Parent to Parent provides information and emotional support to families who have a child with a disability, special need or health impairment. There are more than 3600 different conditions covered by the service, ranging from the very common through to the rarest condition.
Create a safe play ground for Children with Special Needs
Benefits of Outdoor Play for Children With Special Needs
Sensory Processing Treatments
Classroom Accommodations for Kids with Sensory Issues
Most kids with mild sensory problems and no other issues do just fine learning and socializing at school with a bit of understanding, extra support, a sensory diet, and a few simple accommodations. You may be able to work this out informally with your child’s school. However, a child with sensory processing disorder (SPD) may need more help to thrive in the classroom and elsewhere at school (the cafeteria, gym, art class, etc.).
Moving with Special Needs Kids
Work Preparation and Training
Forward Focus provides work preparation and training courses for young people. A range of topics are covered including obtaining a drivers licence, and developing skills that prepare young people for work.
I Am Hope New Zealand
I Am Hope is the youth and community focused support group run by The Key to Life Charitable Trust set up to connect kids with mental health counsellors and practitioners in their region or online, so they can get timely support, without the added stress of how to pay the bill.
Find a counsellor here
or Text or call 1737 any time, 24 hours a day. You’ll get to talk to (or text with) a trained counsellor, completely free of charge.
Home & Family
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