SPELD NZ Introduction to SLD (including dyslexia)

Professional development (PD) Northland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawke's Bay

Posted: 12 October 2022
Notice reference #: 1HAX43

SPELD NZ’s two-day Introduction to Specific Learning Disabilities (ISLD) is an opportunity to “walk a mile in the shoes” of a person who lives day-to-day with an SLD. You will also be equipped with tools and strategies to support the struggling learner.

Discovering more about SLD within an often diverse group can be an insightful experience.

This course is ideal for people with limited or no knowledge of SLD, or those wanting to “refresh”. 

Participants include parents/whānau, employers and educators (eg teachers, teacher aides, SENCO, LSC and tutors). No prior qualifications are required. A certificate is awarded to all those who complete this 14 hours of training.

Content includes:

  • What is it like to have a specific learning disability?
  • What is happening in the brain of these learners?
  • How does this impact their learning?
  • What skills are need for success in learning?
  • What accommodations and remediation work for those with SLD?
  • SLD and maths
  • SLD and writing
  • Phonological and phonemic awareness (reading and spelling).

Limited training subsidy funding is currently available for teachers from some regions to attend this course and their cost would be $100+GST. Please email support@speld.org.nz if you are interested.  

Recent attendees said "this was such a brilliant course.  I absolutely recommend it to educators and parents." 

More information is here.

Events summary


14 November 2022 – 15 November 2022

Bay of Plenty

17 November 2022 – 18 November 2022


23 November 2022 – 24 November 2022

Hawke's Bay

02 December 2022 – 03 December 2022

Further information

Contact: Sally Neary

 (0800) 773 536 option 6