A SPELD NZ diagnostic assessment is the first essential step in finding out why someone is having learning problems. Our qualified Assessors are meticulously trained to provide a detailed overview of learning and intellectual skills, strengths and weaknesses.

All SPELD NZ Assessors are approved by the New Zealand Council of Educational Research. We then provide further training so they become highly skilled at identifying educational and intellectual strengths and weaknesses.

Assessors evaluate the skills involved in effective learning such as:

  • Language and auditory skills
  • Visual skills and spatial awareness
  • Speed of processing
  • Short and long term memory
  • Reading, spelling and mathematics
  • Handwriting
  • Attention, concentration and academic fluency

Here's how it works

  1. Our Assessors provide a written analysis of the results which includes clear recommendations for school and family.
  2. 2. The assessment report enables our teachers to provide a highly individualised learning plan for their students.
  3. 3. For students at high school level, this assessment can also provide the information required by NZQA for special conditions during NCEA and Cambridge exams. This might include having a reader-writer, a computer or more time during exams.