A workshop in Cromwell will help parents and teachers recognise the signs and symptoms of dyslexia.
Speld NZ executive officer Jeremy Drummond said the two-day workshop — to be held on March 26 and 27 at the Cromwell and Districts Presbyterian Church — was suitable for people who had little or no knowledge of dyslexia or other learning disabilities.
Speld NZ was a not-for profit organisation that had been supporting children and adults with specific learning disabilities for nearly 50 years.
Growing awareness of dyslexia had led to a ‘‘huge increase’’ in the need for the organisation’s services in recent years, Mr Drummond said.
Parents came to it ‘‘distressed and confused’’.
‘‘Their children may have suffered years of failure and despondency.
‘‘Often, they have been labelled ‘stupid, lazy or dumb’ when they are bright, creative and intelligent individuals who just need to be guided to manage their disability and be taught the best way they learn.’’
The two-day introductory course would cover why dyslexia or or other specific learning disabilities occurred, and how to recognise them.
‘‘It’s important to us to see families and teachers boost their skills and build their confidence,’’ Mr Drummond said.
‘‘People come away buzzing and inspired.
‘‘Not only do they feel more equipped to cope, they become even more empathetic, seeing things from the perspective of the person with a specific learning disability.’’
The courses were being subsidised by the James and Edgar Hazlett Charitable Trust.
Bookings are essential. For details email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0800 773-536.