SPELD NZ membership is about so much more than assessment and tuition. We provide ongoing support, including training and workshops, resources, libraries and helpful links, to ensure our students and their families continue to build their knowledge and confidence.

Our SPELD NZ libraries offer a wealth of specialised SLD/dyslexia resources that our members can borrow for free to enhance their learning, including books, DVDs, games and puzzles.

All of our members also receive our Record magazine via post (we produce several issues a year). Read a recent edition of The Record.

Support for families

We run two-day introductory courses to help families and caregivers understand and support a child or adult with SLD/dyslexia. These NZQA-approved courses give insights into why a specific learning disability occurs, what it’s like to have dyslexia and other SLD, and strategies to help these learners in the classroom and at home.

Advocacy and lobbying

Another of SPELD NZ’s key roles is to advocate strongly on behalf of those with dyslexia/SLD. We’re frequently called on for comment by media, and we’re also actively involved in lobbying both locally and nationally to ensure those with dyslexia and other SLD are given the best possible opportunities to succeed.

For example, we put huge time and energy into a submission to the parliamentary inquiry on dyslexia, dyspraxia and autism in New Zealand schools.

Follow us on social media

Our Facebook page also provides ongoing support for our families and caregivers: offering information, inspiration, advice, tips and encouragement to help them understand and support loved ones with SLD/dyslexia.

Our YouTube channel has a variety of videos to view including documentaries on SPELD NZ and our lessons in action.

From time to time, we also receive free tickets to children’s shows and events which we give away to our member families.