Information for parents on specific learning difficulties | SPELD NSW  
Support for your child with learning difficulties

Parent & Family Support

Are you concerned about your child’s literacy, numeracy and learning? Parents and carers understand their child and want to support their education. If your child is struggling at school it's best to seek advice early. 

A great place to start is to speak to one of our our friendly Information and Referral Officers who are happy to answer your questions. 

SPELD NSW offers parent workshops, resources and support for parents and families seeking assessments and intervention.

Parents are welcome to join SPELD NSW as Individual Members. We’re a community of parents, schools, educators and professionals with a shared commitment to early identification, effective intervention and support for students with specific learning difficulties.

Information and SupportLearning Difficulties Guide for ParentsYou may have recently received a diagnosis for your child or perhaps they are struggling at school with reading, spelling and maths. 

A great place to start when looking for information about specific learning difficulties like dyslexia is the AUSPELD Understanding Learning Difficulties Guide for Parents available as a free download or a hard copy through the SPELD NSW Store.

Our friendly and experienced Information and Referral Officers are available Monday to Friday, 10am to 2pm, to listen to your concerns and provide you with information, support and resources.

Talk to an information & ReferRal Officer

Parent Information Workshops

Parents and carers are welcome to attend our Parent Information Workshops to learn more about how to support their children with learning difficulties. Our workshops focus on evidence-based literacy and numeracy instruction and best-practice approaches to teach and support students with specific learning difficulties like dyslexia. Parent workshops are held regularly at the SPELD NSW offices in Parramatta and as live webinars and can be held as evening workshops for parents in your school or region. ​

Parent Webinar – Supporting Spelling at Home

WHEN: 7pm-8:30pm,

16 June 2021

This workshop will provide some practical strategies to help you support your child with spelling at home.

Parent Webinar – Supporting Reading at Home

WHEN: 7pm-8:30pm,

26 May 2021

This workshop will provide some practical strategies to help you support your child with reading at home.

Parent Webinar – Understanding Learning Difficulties

WHEN: 7pm - 8.30pm,

12 May 2021

This workshop supports parents in understanding how we define specific learning difficulties and how to ensure your child is getting the support they need with their learning.

AssessmentsChildren and adults can access complete educational assessmentsAn assessment can help identify individual learning strengths and weaknesses to find out if an identifiable learning difficulty exists.

Individuals being assessed have usually struggled with one or more of the core academic skill areas such as reading, writing, spelling or mathematics for an extended period of time.

Assessments take place at SPELD NSW Parramatta. Find out more about how to book an assessment or make an enquiry on behalf of a family or student.

Find out about assessments

Join SPELD NSW - Your membership directly supports ongoing advocacy, continued professional learning, family support and the SPELD NSW Infoline.

Membership benefits for you

Online Store

You can purchase decodable readers, C-Pens, phonemic awareness kits, Understanding Learning Difficulties guides and other literacy and numeracy resources for schools, teachers, tutors, speech pathologists and families from the SPELD NSW online store.  SPELD NSW members receive discounts on decodable readers and other resources.  

Little Learners Love Literacy

Dandelion Beginner Readers

Dandelion Catchup Readers

SPELD NSW Online Store

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If you are looking for support for your family, yourself, your student or your school contact us.

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