Workshops Coming up

For Whanau, Community, Health, Social and Wellbeing  Organisations, The Workplace and Schools 

 Please make contact if you would like a workshop in your area

Our workshops are led by facilitator Susan Haldane who, along with a lifetime of lived experience in this space, brings with her 16+ years of research, cutting edge knowledge and skills in providing Neurodiversity education. Mind Over Manner use a creative approach.The workshops are brought to life by 4 highly skilled theatre practitioners with lived experience and are trained in understanding sensory and cognitive processing differences. 

Being informed of some facts around neurodiversity and how it affects sensory and cognitive processing can bring new access to the untapped learning and creative potential of many rangatahi and tamariki.

Creating a collective response brings a common language to neurodiversity and brings the recognition that many aspects of diversity exist in all of us

Integrating Te Ao Maori perspective on neurodiversity provides a reframe out of what is often considered a disability or deficit. The reframe out of deficit labels and into Takiwātanga ( in their own time and space) shows the gifts that each and every person brings into this world


Other potential Neurodiversity Workshops in process for 2024

                                                Hokitika, Auckland, Te Tai Tokerau, Greymouth                                                                                                       

  Please advise if you would be interested in any of these areas and we will update you once we know funding outcomes


 Reviews and feedback

“As members of the education sector, we are seeing an influx in the number of neurodiverse students being excluded and expelled from schools. No teacher can work from their silos with neurodivergent and anxious children without rapidly going into burnout. Knowledge and Collaboration models, for teachers and all students, build the essence for creating a culture of respect and engagement going forward.” – Leanne Eloff, RTLB Cluster 7

Susan Haldane speaks to Kathryn Ryan (RNZ, Nine to Noon) about the rise in school exclusions happening under the radar and Mind Over Manner’s 400% increase in demand for workshops – link to interview: https://bit.ly/3l3QGe7Re

“I am HUGELY invested, as I am the dad of a 14-year-old boy with ASD and as yet an undiagnosed 12-year-old girl. I am also an Accessibility Advisor at a University.  I support many many neurodiverse students. Your passion and knowledge in this area is amazing. The teaching coupled with the theatre examples really tied things together well”. It would be amazing for all schools and for all teachers currently training at schools and universities to do this workshop. 

Mind Over Manner Webinar Responses

I am currently doing your online training – Dialing Up Dialing Down and finding it life changing – for myself and for the students in our school”

“I slowly chipped away at watching the webinars, and I need to say I was blown away. This has by far been the most in-depth and informative series of webinars that I have actively engaged in”

Mind Over Manner Community Responses

"Tonight, Mind Over Manner have allowed some deep learning to happen and I'm so grateful. I hope that this kind of thing can continue to happen so that the kids of this generation can continue to blossom and grow, Kia ora".
Josephine Piriwaka
Whakatane Workshop Participant, 2020

 2023 Neurodiversity Workshops and Tours

 1. Takiwatanga Workshop Series
     Te Tai Tokerau Tour    October/November 2023   (Funded by Foundation North)

     Poster attached above
2. Outward Bound Marlborough.     October 2023
3. Massey University Auckland.September 2023  
4. Public Workshops 
May 2023   (Funded by Lotteries NZ)
     Wellington – City Art Gallery
     Taranaki – Len Lye Govette Brewster   
5. Auckland Neurodiversity Professional Development in Education
6. May Road primary
7.Waikōwhai Intermediate
8. Waitakere Alternative Education Consortium
9.NZMA – Auckland Trades Campus  
10. Selwyn College
11. Canterbury District Youth Forum
12. Corrections  – Rangitahi team
13. Laura Ferguson Brain Injury Trust
14. Odyssey House
15. Methodist Mission
16. Real
17. Ara
18.Enabling Good Lives



Mind Over Manner Podcast Contribution Ep 4 and 10