Children with special needs

If your baby was premature or has special needs, you may need extra support and information. If your child has a disability, they may take longer to learn and to reach different stages of development. They need lots of opportunities to learn with your love and support.

You’ll probably need support too. Your midwife or Plunket nurse will be able to tell you what support there is in your community.

Talk to your doctor or specialist or Plunket Nurse about a disability allowance for your child.

Special Bees Playgroups

We currently have a playgroup based in Birkenhead in Auckland. The playgroup offers opportunities for pre-school children with special needs to become more independent, widen their horizons and have new experiences.  It gives both children and their parents and carers the chance to form friendships within their local community.

Raising Children video 

This video story on the Raising Children site looks at one family’s journey with their daughter and the challenges and joys they have faced together. 

Photo 3 Children with disabilities


Support organisations:

  • New Zealand Multiple Birth Association This national body represents 22 local Multiple Birth clubs consisting of over 1500 families throughout New Zealand.
  • Parent to Parent A support and information network for parents of children with special needs. Support is provided voluntarily by Trained Support Parents who have a child with the same or similar needs.
  • IHC This website is about living with intellectual disability in New Zealand. IHC New Zealand Inc will advocate for the rights, inclusion and welfare of all people with an intellectual disability and support them to live satisfying lives in the community.
  • Parents of Vision Impaired (N.Z.) Incorporated, simply known as “P.V.I.” has over 2000 parents nationwide enrolled who have blind or vision impaired children.
  • The Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind is New Zealand's primary provider of vision-related services to blind, deaf-blind and vision-impaired people.
  • New Zealand Federation for Deaf Children Incorporated (NZFDC) is a national group made up of parent groups throughout New Zealand. 
  • The National Foundation for the Deaf (NFD) is a non-profit, non-government organisation who work with member groups to support New Zealanders with hearing loss, encourage hearing preservation and promote good sound
  • CCS Disability Action provides services and support for all people with disabilities. It works at the forefront of social change to ensure the rights of disabled people are acknowledged and that disabled people are included in all aspects of life.
  • Autism New Zealand Inc. provides support, training, advocacy, resources and information on autism spectrum disorders including Asperger syndrome.
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