SPELD NZ (specific learning disabilities)
Dyslexia, ADHD, Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia and Dyscalculia are all specific learning disabilities. Children with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLDs) means those children who have a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, which disorder may manifest itself in imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell or do mathematical calculations. Such disorders include such conditions as perceptual difficulties, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia.
SPELD NZ is a not for profit organisation that provides information, assessment and tuition to families, whanau, schools, businesses and individuals living with SLDs. The aim of the Government's special education policy is to improve learning outcomes for all children and young people with special educational needs at their local school, early childhood centre, or wherever they are educated. The purpose of SPELD NZ, therefore, is to work within the framework established by the Ministry of Education, to assist in reducing underachievement in education by students with dyslexia and other SLDs.
P O Box 24-617, Royal Oak, Auckland 1345