Changing lives for over 40 years
SPELD NZ is a not-for-profit organisation registered with the Charities Commission. Since the 1970s, we’ve helped turn around the lives of many thousands of children and adults with specific learning disabilities (SLD).
SPELD NZ methods are research based and proven to greatly enhance educational and cognitive ability. There are SPELD NZ teachers working throughout New Zealand. They may teach in schools or in their own homes.
Those affected by SLD/Dyslexia often go through our school system and fall through the cracks, never learning to read or write properly. As a result they are often immensely frustrated and suffer from very low self-esteem. It’s critical that these children receive the individualised support they need to learn differently so they don’t become disillusioned by their academic failure so they succeed in the classroom.
What are specific learning disabilities?
Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) is an umbrella term that covers conditions such as:
- Dyslexia – difficulty with the written word (e.g. reading, writing, spelling, punctuation)
- Dyspraxia – difficulty with tasks requiring gross and fine motor skills (e.g. tying shoelaces)
- Dysgraphia – difficulty with handwriting
- Dyscalculia – difficulty with maths (e.g. symbols, multiplication, telling the time)
SLD occurs in people of all backgrounds and intellectual levels.
They are often capable, or even gifted, in areas not affected by SLD.
About 10 percent of students in New Zealand schools may have dyslexia and many of them may qualify for additional educational support, or exam accommodations.
How we can help
- Comprehensive diagnostic Woodcock-Johnson III assessment for dyslexia and other SLD by qualified assessors with SPELD NZ training
- One-on-one tuition by qualified teachers with specialised SPELD NZ training This is an individualised learning programme, unique to the student. Our teachers use a multi-sensory approach that can greatly assist with phonemic awareness, spelling, reading fluency, comprehension, working memory, visual and auditory discrimination
- Support for families and whanau (eg. library, games, DVDs & books, newsletter)
- A two day introductory course for parents, teachers, teacher aides and others to help understand and support the child with SLD/dyslexia (NZQA approved)
- A 400 hour NZQA approved course (online or face-to-face) for teachers and other interested professionals who want a more in depth understanding of SLD/dyslexia, to work more effectively with the different learning styles and who may want to become SPELD NZ teachers.
- Assessor training for people with appropriate qualifications (not NZQA approved). Please see www.speld.org.nz for more information
SLD occurs in people of all backgrounds and intellectual levels. They are often capable, or even gifted, in areas not affected by SLD. About 10 percent of students in New Zealand schools may have dyslexia and many of them may qualify for additional educational support, or exam accommodations.
For more information on SPELD NZ and specific learning disabilities:
Click here for a detailed, free information pack on how SPELD NZ can help
Click here to view the SPELD NZ brochure
Click here to read about how SPELD NZ transformed a troubled boy's life
Click here to read about research showing "vast improvements" for SPELD NZ students
Click here to view a documentary on YouTube (for part 1 of 2)
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