Special education is not for those less capable. Special education is for those who need extra resources or assistance outside of the resources/assistance provided on an everyday basis through mainstream education. Hence the term ‘Special Education’ or ‘Special Educational Needs’. All areas will continue to be researched and updated from time to time. If you have something you can recommend please email us.

 

General Links

 

Neurodevelopment Therapy:

Advanced Brain Technologies – A range of auditory products that have been developed through science to help children and adults alike in various areas relating to neurological challenges, eg. auditory processing, attention challenges, sensory changes, stress, etc.

 

Specific Educational Therapy:

Equipping Minds – A Cognitive Development Curriculum which aims to increase verbal abilities, nonverbal abilities, IQ composite, and academic abilities in learners with specific learning challenges.

 

Teaching Resilience:

Student Curriculum on Resilience Education – A research-based resilience education program that helps students cope with the personal, social, and academic challenges of university/college life.

 

Assistive Technology Programs for writing:

Using text-to-speech or visual thinking methodologies to assist your child in their writing or mind mapping. The use of technology across subject areas can ensure your child has the opportunities to develop strengths in learning regardless of identified difficulties with pencil control.

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Inspiration 9

Kidspiration

 

Helpful Parent Resources:

NZ Centre for Gifted Education

Speld NZ – A not for profit organisation that provides information, assessment and tuition to families, whanau, schools, businesses and individuals living with Dyslexia and other Specific Learning Disabilities.

 

General Subscriptions (which support Special Education learning):

k5 Learning – A web based learning program for Reading, Spelling and Math. K5 were also finalists in the 2011 prestigious award for the best instructional solution for special education students. The area of special education included ADHD, Asperger’s/Autism and Dyslexia

Time4Learning – A comprehensive, educational learning system that builds and reinforces reading, writing and math skills. It is used by children with special educational needs as well as by gifted and mainstream students.

 

 

Books

 

The Autism Discussion Page on the Core Challenges of Autism – A toolbox for helping children with autism feel safe, accepted, and competent.

The Autism Discussion Page on Anxiety, Behaviour, School, and Parenting Strategies – A toolbox for helping children with autism feel safe, accepted, and competent.

Overcoming Dyslexia – Tools that parents and teachers need to help the dyslexic child, age by age, grade by grade, step by step.

Stick Up For Yourself – A great book to help children cope with bullying.

How to Make and Keep Friends – Tips for children to overcome 50 common social challenges.

 

 

Private Support & Diagnostic Services

Tautoko Support Services

Please note, NCHENZ does not endorse any particular private agency. We recommend you do your own due diligence before engaging any consultant.

 

 

Application Forms

 

 

More useful links

 

Special Education Specific

 

ADD/ADHD:

AttenGo – On line neuro cognitive training for children with ADHD/ADD.

 

Apraxia (see Speech Disorders)

Our Special Education Advisor has not found anything to recommend in this area. If you have something you have found useful please email us.

 

Autism (Asperger’s and PDD):

Monarch Teaching Technologies – Web based program with a strong visual learning foundation for children who respond better to visual learning.

Sesame Street and Autism – This initiative was created to address Autism within our communities and to help foster understanding and acceptance for children with Autism. It has great videos, tools and tips for everyone including siblings and friends of young Auties.

Simple Steps Autism – Web based ABA (applied behavioural analysis) training to assist children with autism in the areas of behaviour and social skills.

TeachTown – Web based ABA (applied behavioural analysis) training using a variety of options available dependant on your child’s age.

 

Auditory Processing Dysfunction:

Our Special Education Advisor has not found anything to recommend in this area. If you have something you have found useful please email us.

 

Dysgraphia:

Our Special Education Advisor has not found anything to recommend in this area. If you have something you have found useful please email us.

 

Dyslexia:

Dyslexia Foundation

The Learning Steps – A web based literacy program which includes areas of literacy learning that many children with dyslexia find challenging. Learning Steps takes these challenges into account and caters to these specific needs.

 

Gifted/Twice Exceptional:

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum – A non-profit organization that works to educate and advocate for gifted and 2e families, regardless of educational choice.

GiftedandTalented.com – A web based program that automatically adapts to meet each student’s unique needs based on a variety of data inputs with the goal of ensuring foundational knowledge while accelerating learning.

NZ Centre for Gifted Education

 

New Zealand Sign Language:

Sign Ninja – A great way to learn, practice and explore NZSL, the Language of the Deaf community of New Zealand.

 

Sensory Processing Dysfunction:

Our Special Education Advisor has not found anything to recommend in this area. If you have something you have found useful please email us.

 

Speech Disorders:

Our Special Education Advisor has not found anything to recommend in this area. If you have something you have found useful please email us.