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Welcome to the SPELD NSW Parent’s Corner.

A feature published in our E -News aimed at helping parents. 

If you would like to contribute to this section or any other part of the e-News we would love to hear from you.

Also see our “Additional Links for Parents”, below.



Learning Difficulties Q & A – Evidence Based Help for Parents

#1. What are the important components to an early literacy program? As a parent, it is useful to understand ‘how’ children learn to read and what the research tells us about successful reading instruction.

#2. Should we use a different font for children with reading difficulties?

#3. What factors contribute to strong reading comprehension? Reading comprehension involves making meaning from written text using our knowledge of words, concepts, and ideas.

#4. Reading Comprehension Strategies.  Many students will require explicit instruction in the most successful methods of gaining meaning from text.

#5. The Role of Vision in Reading.

#6. Using the FREE learning tools in Microsoft Word.  What are Learning Tools?, Tips and Tricks, Other MS apps, links to more information.


Parents Corner sample articles from the E-News

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Issue 1

Homework tips

Letter reversal help



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Issue 2

Using LEGO to build maths concepts

Learning to read advice



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Issue 3

Help writing sentences

Overview, activities and tips




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Issue 4

Phonemic Awareness




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Issue 5

Basic Numbers – Games and Activities for learning Family of Ten


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Issue 6

Graphic Organisers






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Issue 7

Help and Recommendations for Teaching Dyslexic Children

Graphics and links for further reading






Spelling Homework Sample


Issue 8

Spelling Homework Help p.1 Phonemic Awareness

(Currently for Members Only, Sample HERE.)



Issue 9

Spelling Homework Help p.2 Letter-Sound Correspondence

(Currently for Members Only, see Members Section, Parents Corner, Spelling Homework Help)


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SPELD NSW Workshop – Spelling Homework Help P1, May 2015





Also see our upcoming events for Parent Workshops




What Members are saying about Spelling Homework Help

“Thanks, another great e-news from SPELD.

This edition I especially enjoyed Melinda Matthews’ article (Spelling Homework Help p1). At my university I am trying to get greater rigour in our teacher education English curriculum units, most specifically with regard to explicit and systematic teaching of phonemic awareness and phonics for teaching reading and spelling. If I had my way this is the kind of resource I would be encouraging students to engage with and learn from. Another resource I have used and would recommend are the SPELD SA phonics books they are even free!”

Anna, Lecturer / Researcher (April 2015)

Additional links for parents:

We now share most of our new and relevant links for Parents on Facebook so make sure you are following us on FACEBOOK

(updated Aug 17)

How To Organise Your Child’s IEP Folder – Printable Downloads and Resources


Tilt Parenting Website.


Tilt Parenting – TiLT is an online destination aimed at helping parents raising differently-wired kids do so from a place of confidence, connection, and peace. Resources, articles and a weekly podcast



(updated 10/3/15)

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Top Tips on Supporting Your Child With Reading, Handwriting, Spelling, Memory and Organisation

From Parent Champions.

Tips on supporting your child with reading, handwriting, spelling, organisation and memory. These short films contain practical tips aimed at helping children aged 5 to 11 years.


Ideas to help support your child at home with:
Reading, Reading Strategies, Spelling, Study Skills and Homework. (PDF)

From Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre, UK.


(updated 27/1/15)


Loads of great videos and articles, research-based reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and read better.

Resources to assist parents, teachers, and other educators in helping struggling readers build fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.

Lots of great video resources, including some great series that have aired on PBS:

Video Series: Launching Young Readers

Video Series: Inside the Classroom

Professional Development Webcasts: A plethora of teaching and reading related webcasts.

Meet the Experts: Learn directly from researchers and experts in literacy and early education. Topics include phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, spelling, comprehension, writing, holiday learning, early childhood education, dyslexia, RTI, and more


(updated 16/12/14)


Disability Standards for Education – A practical guide for individuals, families and communities

Disability Standards for Education – A practical guide for individuals, families and communities – This new resource from the University of Canberra shows how the Disability Standards for Education can be useful to you.

Also note their great Resources:

Includes Disability Standards Fact Sheets, info. on choosing and enrolling in Kindergarten and School, communicating with schools and support groups, learning to read, transition to secondary school, coaching, education planning, adjustments and more.

The site also has a great collection of Personal Stories sorted by topics such as “what is disability”, “getting support”, “communication”, “adjustments”, “enrolment”, “collaboration” and many more.



(updated 7/10/14) – Text to speech app, designed to help children with Dyslexia and other LDs. Check it out on the app store, it’s free – for Android and IPhone.



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UNDERSTOOD – State-of-the-art technology, personalised resources, free daily access to experts, a secure online community, practical tips and more.

Watch the “Understood Journey” video here.


(updated 23/9/14) – Looking for a cure to the school holiday boredom? Crafts, projects, experiments and more. Ideas You can use to inspire and entertain your Kids OFFLINE!

(updated 16/9/14)

8 Sentence starters when talking to teachers Sometimes it’s not what you say but how you say it. If you want to effectively communicate with your child’s teacher, try these sentence starters.

Note: IEP = Individualised Education Program.

When should you contact your child’s teacher? – 3 signs it’s time to speak up.

Building and maintaining a good relationship with your child’s teacher



(updated 7/8/14)

Executive Functioning Strategies  – Executive function strategies provide an important foundation for improving students’ academic performance, confidence and effort.  Info. on how children think and learn, strategies to improve executive functioning and further reading.

Executive Function Memory games – From – (added 16/9/14)


(updated 17/7/14)

14 New Apps and other tools, from NCLD

Great NEW Apps to help with reading and learning difficulties and creative expression.

Some of our favourites:

STORYVISUALIZER: Make your own comic style story with easy to use drag and drop backgrounds and picture importing tools.

USTYME: Remotely read stories and play games together, books and games for all ages. Great for grand parents, far away relatives and travelling parents.

PREZI: Create slideshows, like PowerPoint but more fun and dynamic. Share your slideshows online!


(updated 15/7/14)

Disability Provisions in the H.S.C Exams for Students with Learning Difficulties. (PDF 120 KB) Information about Applying, Appeals and Examples.


(updated 24/6/14)

It’s Summer holidays in the U.S. so there are lots of resources being promoted to help your child with reading at home. Lots of great tips, games and activities to help you encourage reading outside of school. Thanks to NCLD for these links.

Family FUNdamentals  Learning Activity PDF Documents for pre K. – Yr3. (Michigan Dept. of Education). Also see “Additional Learning Materials” for printable picture cards, etc.

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Videos, Apps, activities, book lists for all ages, all to help get your child reading.

“Summertime Reading Adventures” and “Summertime Reading Adventures for all ages”. PDF Brochures from Reading Is Fundamental.

Tips for Parents of Pre-Schoolers Learning to Read. (From the British Columbia Public Library)


Some recent feedback from a parent.

“I have a daughter with learning difficulties (ADHD/language disorder) and had called last year for advice for a tutor in reading, language and maths.  I was given a short list of SPELD NSW tutors in my area and after making a few calls went with a tutor in Kellyville.

We have been seeing the tutor for nearly a year and she has been wonderful!  My daughter’s reading fluency has improved, as well as her language comprehension and confidence with math.

Thought I should give you some feedback as it’s good to know when your members are doing a great job! : )”

One Response to "Parent’s Corner"

    SPELD NSW Posted on June 19, 2014 at 5:02 am

    Parents: If you have any questions or comments please feel free to post on our facebook page ( ) or email us at and we will get back to you 🙂