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Please join / renew for 2015

Being an up to date member of Specific Learning Difficulties (SPELD) NSW means that you are adding your voice to those who have specific learning difficulties. Your membership fees are important to our organisation as they help to provide valuable FREE Referral Services by qualified staff to those who need help and guidance in either/or Professionals or…

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Reading Recovery and the Failure of the N.Z. Literacy Strategy

Presented by University of Sydney, SPELD NSW and LDA Australia. For Principals, Teachers and Learning Support Staff. 3rd Sept. 2014 from 3.30pm at University of Sydney, Faculty of Education. This presentation summarises arguments and evidence showing that New Zealand’s National Literacy Strategy has failed and the role of Reading Recovery in contributing to that failure….

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Understanding Learning Difficulties Professional Development

An essential new resource for teachers and school psychologists Presented by Educational Psychologist Mandy Nayton Mandy Nayton is the Executive Officer of DSF Literacy and Clinical Services. She is an educational and developmental psychologist and qualified teacher with extensive experience in the field of literacy education. Mandy supports schools with literacy planning and recommends appropriate…

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Light it RED for Dyslexia Sydney

On the 15th October 2015 building and landmarks across the world took part in LIGHT IT UP RED FOR DYSLEXIA. Check out some photos we took in Sydney!   More information on Dyslexia and Dyslexia Empowerment Week  

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Teachers recognised at Government House for commitment to teaching and learning

NSW teachers who have undertaken professional development with SPELD NSW in teaching children with Specific Learning Difficulties were recognised by the NSW Governor on Wednesday 23 September. His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley, Governor of New South Wales and Mrs Linda Hurley, Patron of Specific Learning Difficulties (SPELD) NSW hosted the acknowledgement ceremony at Government House….

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Dyslexia Empowerment Week 18th-24th October

Dyslexia is one of Australia’s most misunderstood learning challenges. An estimated 20-25% of students have learning difficulties , which means they struggle with the acquisition of reading, writing, spelling or maths. The reasons for these difficulties are many and varied, from missing time at school to having English as a second language. For the majority…

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Understanding Learning Difficulties: A Guide for Parents (2015 Ed.)

Understanding Learning Difficulties: A Guide for parents is designed to provide parents, caregivers, and/or family members of children with learning difficulties with a greater awareness and understanding of the impact learning difficulties can have on children during their school years. This Australian resource provides an overview of the nature of learning difficulties and the diagnostic…


N.S.W. Tutors wanted

Are you interested in being a registered tutor for SPELD NSW? Download this as a PDF – Please share!   Tutors wanted urgently for the following areas: The Greater West –  Parramatta through to Liverpool and beyond including postcodes 2150, 2165,2172, 2745,2756,2766,2565,2170,2143 Sutherland Shire and further south to Wollongong 2232,2230,2500 Regional areas such as Bathurst, Orange,…


Half price Membership and Renewals now!

SPELD NSW is urging you to consider supporting our organisation by Joining / Renewing as a Member for 2015. SPELD NSW offers a free referral service which supports children and adults whose lives are affected by specific learning difficulties. Your membership will continue to help us provide this free advice and other services to children and…

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Explicit Instruction Workshop with Dr Lorraine Hammond – Parramatta – 14th August

Friday, 14th August 2015 From 8.15 am to 3.30pm Parramatta R.S.L. Professional Development Workshop with Dr Lorraine Hammond What is Explicit Instruction? A Practical Guide Outline: Currently, many schools across Australia are taking up and instruction-centred approach called Explicit Teaching. Some of these high performing schools have been featured in the media and in reports…

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Teachers needed for Vocab. study with Sydney Uni.

There are many ways to teach children new words. We want to know YOUR EXPERIENCE with the delivery of vocabulary instruction with primary school children. CLICK HERE to download the PDF Flyer Includes: What is the study about?, Why take part in this study? and What will it involve?   Conducted by The University of…

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Two New Books – Understanding Learning Difficulties and The Aust. Dyslexia Learning Difference Handbook 2014

Understanding Learning Difficulties: A practical guide – $60.00 This booklet, in conjunction with the enclosed CD, is designed to provide principals, teachers and school psychologists throughout Australia, with a greater awareness and understanding of the significant impact learning disabilities can have on students, and to outline the most effective remediation and accommodation strategies available to…