New Zealand’s leading provider of support for children and adults with dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities.

SPELD NZ is a not-for-profit organisation that specialises in assisting people with dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities. For more than 50 years, we’ve helped many thousands of New Zealand children and adults nationwide.

SPELD NZ offers:

Diagnostic Assessment

Our trained Assessors evaluate the skills involved in effective learning. Using the Woodcock-Johnson test batteries, they do in-depth assessment of each individual’s intellectual and educational strengths and weaknesses.

One-to-one Tuition

Our Teachers are all qualified classroom teachers with specialised SPELD NZ training. They provide personalised, evidence-based tuition targeting each student’s needs, based on their assessment report.


SPELD NZ offers NZQA-approved courses and professional development for teachers, special educational needs coordinators (SENCO), Learning Support Coordinators, teacher aides, families and caregivers.


SPELD NZ provides advice, support and advocacy for those with dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities. Financial support may also be available for those who struggle to afford assessment and tuition.

Compelling evidence now shows that learning outcomes can be vastly improved with SPELD NZ’s specialised intervention.

All brains can learn to read this way.

Journalists Julie and David reflect on the evidence-based support that worked for their dyslexic daughter Poppy.

We work with:


Each year we help thousands of children with dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities (SLD).


Many adults still struggle with dyslexia/SLD. Our Teachers create individualised programmes targeting their learning and life needs.


We train Assessors and also offer NZQA-approved courses for teachers, teacher aides, SENCO, Learning Support Coordinators and other educators.


SPELD NZ works with organisations to assess and support employees with dyslexia and other SLD.

Every year, thousands of New Zealanders are diagnosed with specific learning difficulties (SLD). Despite their struggles in the education system, getting the targeted help they need can transform their lives.

Read their stories:

Outside the Square

What’s it like to discover that you have ADHD as an adult? Simon Herbst shares his journey.

Doing a PHD with Dyslexia

Know how your brain functions, and what makes it click. That’s the advice of Dr Kyle Whitfield who once floundered with dyslexia at school.

Deciphering Me

For Summer Riley, a diagnostic assessment lifted a huge emotional toll and enables access to extra support at university.

I’ve Been There

As a child, Joan Rusden knew she wanted to be a SPELD teacher, supporting dyslexic learners like herself.