Nurturing Neurodiversity: Understanding and Responding Effectively in Early Learning

Empowering early childhood kaiako with knowledge and strategies to understand better and respond effectively to neurodiverse children within their settings.

Time: 9:30am - 11:30am

Date: Friday 26 April 2024

Format: Online workshop, recording available

More information

Neurodiversity plays a crucial role in shaping the fabric of our early learning environments. It encompasses the recognition and acceptance of diverse neurological abilities and challenges among individuals, emphasising the uniqueness and value that each child brings to the learning environment. This workshop provides an opportunity to delve into understanding neurodiverse learners, unravelling the unique strengths they bring to your educational context. It aims to empower early childhood kaiako with knowledge and strategies to understand better and respond effectively to neurodiverse children within their settings.  

This workshop will: 

  • guide educators and caregivers in providing tailored support 
  • foster an inclusive environment that celebrates diversity 
  • recognise different needs and implement effective strategies 
  • create nurturing spaces where neurodiverse learners can thrive.

Let's champion inclusivity and empower one another as we share our strategies and ideas to positively impact every child's learning journey. 

Facilitator: Julie Houghton-Katipa

This workshop will be recorded and all registrants will receive a copy of the presentation slides.

About the presenter

Julie Houghton-Katipa

Julie Houghton-Katipa is a Lecturer in the Institute of Education at Massey University and teaches in the Specialist Teaching Post-Graduate Programme. Her background is in early childhood education and learning support. Her work involves teaching and researching topics such as Early Childhood, Early Intervention, and Learning Support.

Before joining Massey, she worked as a National Specialist Lead at the Ministry of Education, which included leading exciting projects such as He Māpuna te Tamaiti. Julie's PhD research focuses on children's social and emotional development and supporting bicultural practices.

Registration information

  • $70 for ECC Members
  • $140 for non members

Any cancellations made more than 24 hours in advance of the workshop will be entitled to a refund less a 10% administration fee. Cancellations made within 24 hours of the workshop, but before the workshop, are eligible for a credit transfer only. Any cancellations made after the workshop begins will not be eligible for a refund however you will still receive the workshop recording. We will endeavour to provide as much advance notice of a change as is possible, but we cannot accept responsibility for staff time or backfilling positions.


Use this form to register online for the workshop, or alternatively you can book directly on the Humanitix event listing.

ECC Member Price: $70+GST

ECC members can find their discount code in the member portal.