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Special Needs Links

If your left-handed child learns differently or you think there may be issues such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADD, ADHD, autism, etc - then the websites below will be of special interest to you. 

If you live in New Zealand, SPELD has been in operation for more than 30 years supporting those who learn differently.

SPELD NZ, the Specific Learning Disabilities Federation, has 29 member associations nationwide.  This not-for-profit organisation was set up in 1971 to help children who were not realising their educational potential because of various specific learning disabilities - these are children who learn differently.  Parents and SPELD tutors provide assistance to people of all ages with learning problems, notably dyslexia.  Other conditions include dyscalculia, dyspraxia, aphasia, attention deficits (ADD and ADHD) and various degrees of autism.

Learning disabilities and ADHD - Very comprehensive website!

Information for and about dyslexia

The International Dyslexia Association

Autism Independent UK

Dyspraxia Support Group of NZ

NZ website and online support group for ADHD

If your child has/may have Attention and Learning Difficulties...

The Learning and Behaviour Charitable Trust NZ Website is full of useful information.

The term "learning difficulties" means a disorder in one or more of the basic processes involved in understanding spoken or written language. Put another way, it impedes the ability to store, process or produce information. It may show up as a problem in a persons ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell or do maths despite having at least average intelligence.

For information, tips and techniques for raising, loving and parenting a child with special needs...For sharing stories, resources and information to inspire and motivate each other on the long journey - full of ups and downs - of raising a child with special needs please visit: http://www.the-special-needs-child.com/index.html

Study Guides and strategies for those with ADHD

For a little light relief and fun you’ll enjoy this video of a hyperactive ladybird...a young ladybird with ADHD!  I love it!!

For a whole bunch of freebies - Dyslexia & Special Learning Difficulties and to sign up for "Real Special Ltds" free monthly newsletter.

Dyslexia Parent’s Resource - Information and resources for parents with a child suffering from dyslexia.

To read a good article about the symptoms of dyslexia

A Website for adults with dyslexia

If your child has Asperger's Syndrome please visit the Cloud 9 Children's 
Foundation New Zealand for a wealth of useful information and a long list of Asperger Links.

For an interesting article about creating a “Handwriting Club” and using Sensory Integration Strategies to Improve Handwriting.

Keep an eye on this page and bookmark it

as we add more links to it when we find them. 


If you know of a helpful website for this page then please email us and tell us about it!!

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Our email address is: mail at lefthandnz dot com

I'm writing mostly to share my appreciation for the resources you've put together on this page since it's been a really good place to visit for useful information, but also because I've come across another website that's been of great help to me.  It's a housing guide created specifically for people living with disabilities.
Here is the link:

Mortgage Guide for People with Disabilities

I thought that it might make a good addition to your current list!
Please let me know what you think!

Thank you!
Kind regards

LeftHand NZ's comment on this website:
It looks like a very helpful site particularly if you  live in the USA.

If you'd like to suggest a useful website for this page, then please go ahead and email us as Jillian has done!
Thanks heaps!
This is how we can help one another!