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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 donating their time and sharing their knowledge and resources.

A SLD Nelson course for parents and teacher aides-

Understanding Learning Difficulties: DYSLEXIA

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


Date:     Every Tuesday evening, for six weeks, from 29 May to 3 July, 2018


Where: Barnicoat Room, Tasman Library, entrance off Queen Street, Richmond      


Full 6-week Course (incl. Dr Paul Taylor)        General                        SLD Members

Tuesdays 29 May - 3 July, 2018

To be paid by 12 April, 2018                            Fee                              Fee           

(non-refundable)                                              $60+gst                       $40+gst


Late fee

(If paid after 12 April, 2018)                             $80+gst                       $50+gst

Dr Paul Taylor only on 5th June                     $20+gst (limited to 15 places)


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.


Session 1 - 29 May

Sue Michell  - What is it like to have or live with someone with a specific learning difficulty? How might it affect learning and life in general?

Ross Vennell - A research scientist at the Cawthron Institute, will share his own experiences.

Kelvin Hardaker - A local RTLB, reflects on current support within local schools - what is available and who can help?

Session 2 - 5 June (Available as a one-off workshop, 15 places only)

Dr Paul Taylor - An expert in autism and the neurology of dyslexia, speaks and entertains groups all over New Zealand and has written an informative book on the subject.

Session 3 - 12 June

Lucy Brunwin - A children and young adults librarian, will explore resources and supports in place at the TDC library, and how to find high interest reading material.

Session 4 - 19 June

SLD teachers will:

  • Demonstrate and share effective teaching materials and techniques. 

  • Literacy and multi-sensory learning - an emphasis on phonics.

Session 5 - 26 June

Helping you and your student find your way through the school system-

  Nayland College staff-

  • Ali Westerby - SLD Specialist Teacher: Assessment & classroom accommodations;

  • Karen Thompson - Special Assessment Conditions (SAC) Coordinator;

  • Michaela Nicholas - teacher and dyslexic student’s parent;

  • Members of the student-teacher Dyslexia Interest Group (DIG)


  • Catherine Barak (STEAMS School);

  • Sarah Varey (MSL tutor, parent and advocate)

Session 6 - 3 July

A practical workshop with a maths focus. Local SLD teachers demonstrate computer programmes, games and techniques to support numeracy.