Since the 1970s, SPELD NZ has transformed the lives of many thousands of children and adults struggling with specific learning disabilities (SLD) such as dyslexia.

Our commitment to excellence is reflected in our highly trained and professional Assessors and Teachers and the success stories of the many thousands of children and families we’ve helped.

NZQA has given SPELD NZ a rating of “Highly Confident, ranking us “Excellent” in all categories.

We use proven, research-based methodology. SPELD NZ advocates for evidence-based literacy programmes that reflect the Science of Reading.

Read more about research on SPELD NZ’s approach here.

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 are New Zealand’s largest provider of support for those
with dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities (SLD).

During the last 5 years:
More than 6,000 children and adults have been assisted by SPELD NZ.
More than 642 educators have been trained by SPELD NZ.

Our approach is proven

SPELD NZ aspires to very high professional standards. Our methods are based on international best practice and endorsed by research analysed by the University of Auckland. Our Level 5 Certificate programme is NZQA-approved and in fact, they have given us a “highly confident” rating. We strive to put quality first, every day and in every way.

Our long history has served us well

Since 1971, SPELD NZ has been helping New Zealanders overcome dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities (SLD). As the first organisation to offer a nationwide service, we’ve remained at the forefront of SLD support and are New Zealand’s largest and longest-standing provider of services.

We’re proud of our charitable status

Our not-for-profit status means we aim to keep our services as affordable as possible. We believe everyone deserves the chance to read and succeed, and we fundraise to help subsidise our services for low income families. We receive no Government funding, and rely on grants, donations and membership fees to continue our work.