SPELD NZ membership is about so much more than assessment and tuition. We provide ongoing support including webinars, training, workshops, resources, libraries and advice, 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.
“I took my 6-year-old to visit to the SPELD Auckland library and wow, we’re impressed! Tons of decodables (including LLLL non-fiction readers) + games etc. Highly recommend.”
Support for families
All SPELD NZ members have access to a free support package (via email) and free regular webinars on topics such as:
- Helping your child understand their struggles and feel empowered
- Ways to support your child at home through the primary, intermediate and secondary school stages
- How to best advocate for your child at school
- How to use materials to help your child with organisation
- How to access resources to support your child’s literacy and/or numeracy journey.
SPELD NZ also runs two-day introductory courses which are ideal for anybody with little knowledge of learning difficulties. 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.