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SLD (Specific Learning Difficulties) Nelson Inc is a local association that uses evidence-based information to work with SLD learners. They are a part of LDANZ.


SLD are grateful to all speakers who are giving their time and sharing their knowledge and resources.

A SLD Nelson course-


Dyslexia Information: A four week course for parents and teacher aides

Category: Dyslexia, structured literacy, specific learning difficulties, parents, teacher aides


Date:     Every Thursday evening, for four weeks, from 6th May to 27th May, 2021


Where: Greenmeadows Community Rooms, Kereru Room

                (Corner Main Road Stoke and Songer Street)      

Fee: $50pp+gst (price includes all four sessions)

Limited to just 45 places. Tea, coffee and water available between speakers


Parents and Teacher Aides are the people who sometimes feel the least able to help children or students who seem to be such a puzzle - these are the children who have quite different learning needs to most other children. 


This course is designed to interest, support and educate Parents and Teacher Aides in the latest research, teaching materials and local resources. We hope to support the people, who work or live with students with specific learning difficulties, in a practical way.

Programme - Over four weeks

May 6 

Keynote Speaker: Dr Christine Braid (PhD) on Structured Literacy

We are pleased to welcome Dr Christine Braid (PhD), Massey University – Structured Literacy, as our keynote opening night speaker.

(Read more from Christine Braid on Structured Literacy)

All speakers on subsequent nights are local and share their insight and practical experiences within this region.

May 13  

Paula Short and Cindy Mosey, Parent Advocates- Paula and Cindy will each share their experiences and learning surrounding supporting their children’s needs, as ambassadors in their school communities, and their experience with sourcing and demonstrating use of decodable texts 

Dr Joe Knight- a perspective of dyslexia from a GP’s point of view

May 20

Carol Rankin, Occupational Therapist

Shane Stevenson, Play Therapist- local insights and relationships

May 27

Dr Garth Smith, Paediatrician- ADHD

Sarah Varey, SLD Teacher and Parent Advocate