Healthy Possibilities - achieving autistic potential

Helping people reach their potential


Healthy Possibilities is a New Zealand & Australian Autism consultancy, specialising in helping people to achieve their potential.

Based in Christchurch and Adelaide, Emma has also been a board member of the Aspire Trust and a member of AspieHelp, which aims to support adults with Aspergers into employment through mentoring. She is now on the executive committee of the Australian Society for Autism Research (ASfAR) and a regular keynote speaker on a range of issues and research within autism, including gender, sexuality, resilience, mental health and well-being and interoception. Emma has a diagnosis of Aspergers.

With a background in education, Emma is passionate about the need to educate others to ensure that people on the autistic spectrum are able to not only achieve their potentials, but to live happy lives.

Emma is a skilled and experienced special needs teacher and consultant. Having completed her doctoral research into the effective teaching of students on the autistic spectrum in mainstream education, Emma is passionate about the ability of autistic children and young people to gain skills and knowledge. Emma also has a Masters in special education, a BEd hons as well as Montessori pre-school and school teaching qualifications. She has worked in pre-schools, schools, and as an educational consultant and advisor in Europe and New Zealand, including for the NZ Ministry of Education and is currently the Senior Autism Advisor for the South Australian Department for Education and Child Development.

Dr Jane Nugent is an author, lecturer, public speaker and General Practitioner with special interests and lots of experience working successfully with autistics of all ages to maximise their health outcomes.

PhD, MA Ed, Adv dip SEN, BEd hons, Mont dip.


3 thoughts on “About

  1. Wanted to say I’ve just read your book “Understanding & Facilitating the achievement of Autistic Potential”. How refreshing! And accurate and insightful. Would love to know where else I could look/read to find more information about how to help with anxiety (for our 10 year old boy). Public says go private, private says go public – both say oh it’s quite specialised and not easy. I would love to read/hear about some strategies somewhere. Looking for that rather than “therapy sessions” per se, as they all seem to be at the other end of Auckland….not realistic with time and/or cost and/or the fact the travel will add to the anxiety.

  2. Emma, your blog is currently included on our Actually Autistic Blogs List ( Please click on the “How do you want your blog listed?” link at the top of that site to customize your blog’s description.
    Thank you.
    Judy (An Autism Observer)

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