Hands on Strategies for
Supporting Autistic and Neurodivergent people

Delivered by Sanam Bagherian, Ph.D. in clinical psychology

Online, delivered via ZOOM

DATE 6 June, 9am - 3.30pm

Neurodiversity is a concept that recognizes and celebrates the natural variation in human cognition and behaviour. It encompasses individuals with a wide range of neurological differences, including autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and others. As our understanding of neurodiversity continues to evolve, it's essential for us to cultivate inclusive environments that honor and support the unique strengths and challenges of neurodivergent individuals.

In this workshop, we'll be exploring practical strategies that can be implemented in various settings to better support autistic and neurodivergent individuals. Whether you're a teacher, caregiver, employer, or simply someone interested in fostering a more inclusive society, you'll find valuable insights and tools to take away.

Workshop aims

Expand Your Knowledge
Gain a deeper understanding of neurodiversity to create an inclusive world.

Embrace Inclusivity
Explore proactive solutions for behaviours, and how simple environmental changes can make a big difference.

Explore Solutions
Take a strengths-based approach to the sensory, communication and environmental needs of autistic and neurodivergent clients, students and co-workers.

Essential Topics Covered:

Emotional regulation, co-regulation leading to self-regulation, collaborating with a person to find proactive solutions for behaviours, strategies based on polyvagal theory to understand stress-responses and create calm.

  1. What is autism/neurodiversity from strength base approach?

  2. Sensory sensitivities and how to complete a sensory profile to create a sensory-friendly environment.

  3. Communication and autism as well as alternate ways of communication

  4. Collaborative and proactive solutions for challenging times

  5. Co-regulation and best ways to respond to overwhelm.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is ideal for anyone who wants to gain deeper understandings of the needs of autistic and neurodivergent people, and how to practically assist them to thrive.
This includes parents, teachers, psychologists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, support workers and support specialists, behaviour specialists, caregivers and students.


This workshops is worth 20 points/6.5 hours CPD

About the presenter:

Sanam Bagherian, Ph.D. in clinical psychology

Sanam Bagherian is Autism Specialist Facilitator, has a strong interest in autism and has a Ph.D. in autism psychology which included delivering educational programmes to support parents with children on autism spectrum. Sanam has worked as a clinician and educator to support children on the spectrum and their families for several years, and more recently has worked with autistic adults. Sanam has published more than six studies and has presented at events such as the 5th World Congress on Positive Psychology (July, 2017).  
Sanam is passionate about getting up to date in depth reliable autism information and sharing it with the autism community.

Date: 6 June

9am - 3.30pm

Online workshop, delivered via ZOOM


Price & Registration Information - Early Bird finishes 16 May

Online workshop

Early Bird: $325 per person, including GST - BOOK AND PAY BEFORE 16 MAY and save $50 pp
Standard: $375.00 per person including GST

Payment online is by Debit or Credit Card: VISA, Mastercard or American Express only and there are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process.

Upon hitting the blue "Complete Booking" button, you will receive an automated email confirming your registration and you will also be a sent in a separate email a Tax Invoice showing your booking as being paid in full by Credit Card.
This will appear on your statement as from LIL REGIE LTD WELLINGTON, our NZ based booking agent.  

If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Nathalie van Dort: nathalie@grow.co.nz or ph: 021 066 9811

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Please email nathalie@grow.co.nz  if you would like to reserve a place, as our workshops fill quickly.

What happens if you have to cancel?

We know that sometimes your plans can change for many different reasons. Should you be unable to attend, a substitute delegate is welcome to attend at no extra cost. If a substitute delegate is not available and you need to cancel your registration, please be aware of the following:

Up to 7 days prior to the event you will be provided a refund of your registration cost, less a $20.00 inc GST per attendee service charge.
If you cancel within 7 days of the event, you are not eligible to receive a refund. Please note: should your registration not be paid by the time of the event, you are still liable to make the payment. Unpaid accounts may be passed over to our debt collection agency and additional costs may be incurred.
All cancellations must be received in writing via email.
Training is cancellable by GROW with 3 days’ notice if a minimum number of attendees is not met and full refunds will be provided.
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For further details, please contact:
e: nathalie@grow.co.nz
p: 021 066 9811