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

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Rebel With a Cause

Meet Irene Fagan – one of our earliest teachers in the 1970s when dyslexia was virtually unheard of.

Proud to be Different

Indie-pop sensation Benee embraces her dyslexia and the difference it brings.

A Passion for Change

SPELD NZ training equipped primary school teacher Katie Knight with “life changing” knowledge.

Rio’s Story

“As a family it was breaking us.” Katie Knight finds the game-changer in her son’s life.

Aidan at work

Dyslexia in the Workplace

New employee, Aidan Milner, recommends total honesty and not shying away from support to level the playing field.

Personal Story - Ryan Attwood

Video: Turning the Tide

Ryan Attwood used to tune out at school. Learning vital skills has unleashed his creativity and motivation to learn.

Bridging the Gap

SPELD NZ’s Financial Assistance programme enabled Ella Barnes to get the support she needed to overcome her learning difficulties.

Harnessing the Strengths

Alisha Moser learned to make the most of her strengths as a visual learner and eventually become an architect and author.

Celebrating the Difference

Olivia Bollen struggled at school but now considers her dyslexia a gift in her chosen career.

Overcoming the Obstacles

As a 12-year-old, Nick Calder could hardly write. Now he’s in China doing his entire master’s degree in Mandarin.

My Strategies For Success

Aidan Milner soared through university despite severe dyslexia and dyscalculia. Here’s why.

A Boy Transformed

Ingrid Norgrove used to dread that her son would end up in prison. Now she couldn’t be prouder.

Gifted and Challenged

Imagine a child who finds school both too easy and too hard.

The Paradox of Twice Exceptional

An Auckland mother, and SPELD NZ Teacher, shares the story of her twice-exceptional son.

Out of the Shadows

After a lifetime of frustration, 62-year-old Hamish Shoebridge has finally learnt how to read and write.

Dyscalculia – A personal perspective

Deirdre Coleman describes the SPELD NZ support helping her son manage his huge difficulties with maths.

Like Father, Like Son

Eight-year-old Jacob Neary is what you might call a “chip off the old block”.

Teaching Your Own Child With Dyslexia

What’s it like to teach your own child? Charis Sweeney trained with SPELD NZ so she could help her dyslexic son, Luke.

SPELD NZ Support Unleashes Potential

Andrew Jones had an affinity for science but struggled with literacy at school. SPELD tuition helped him unleash his potential and become a geotechnical technician.

Dyslexia in Preschoolers

Research shows that the earlier we identify and support children with dyslexia, the better their outcome. So what are the first signs, and what can we do to help?

Overcoming Maths Anxiety

Maths anxiety is a well-known psychological condition, especially common among those with dyscalculia.

Never Too Late

Russell Campbell is living proof that it’s never too late to get help for dyslexia.

What Really Made the Difference

As a child back in the 1980s, Bryce McGowan came to SPELD for help.