August 2019

Dyslexia Awareness Week 2019

Calling all dyslexic artists

Would you like to showcase your artwork for dyslexia awareness week?
We are looking for artwork by dyslexic artists* (children to adults) for a celebration of being dyslexic through art.

Join Wayne Hill, Riverton artist, and other artists for this Southland first idea.

Contact Chris as soon as possible at to find out more or register
your interest.

*You do not need to be formally identified as dyslexic.

Artwork included is at the discretion of Learning Differences Aotearoa Trust.

Early Identification Survey
We appreciate those who have already sent in their replies and for the information you are providing. We will use this information to help us access funding to complete this project.
We are also looking for more survey results relating to our Early Identification for Dyslexia Project.
Click here to start survey

Want to know more? 
If you would like to discuss this further or do the survey over the phone please contact Chris Cole, Learning Differences Advisor 021 1247538 

Growing Stars
children's workshop

Dates  (note change of date for parent workshop to previously advertised)
Parent workshop
Monday 30th September 7pm

Children’s Workshop
Both days 8.45am to 12.30pm
Tuesday 8th October
Wednesday 9th October.

Venue: The Pod, South Alive , 133 Grace St, Invercargill

Contact Chris at to book your place or
look here to learn more about the workshop.
Dyspraxia and Sensory Processing Issues
We are excited to bring to Invercargill experts to provide information on dyspraxia and sensory processing difficulties and the links to dyslexia, ADHD and autism for parents, educators and professionals.

We will shortly be opening bookings for these workshops. Keep an eye on our
website for how to book or email Chris at if you are interested.

The speakers are Emma Ratcliff, Occupational Therapist from
Making Sense, Auckland and Jacqui Scott and Greta Spearing from Dyspraxia Support Association NZ, Christchurch. 

Parent evening:
Thursday 24 th October 2019
7.00pm to 9.00pm
Venue: TBC
Topic: Dyspraxia 101

Professionals and Support Agencies
Friday 25 th October 2019
Session One: 9.00am to 11.30am
Session Two: 12.30pm to 3pm
Venue: Invercargill Working Mens Club

These sessions will cover Dyspraxia 101 (diagnosis and support of child with dyspraxia), dyspraxia and sensory processing difficulties in the school environment, classroom strategies to support the student and practical information about how to ‘see it’, who to refer to, how to meet the students you work with.

Costs and venue to be advised. We hope to obtain funding to make this professional development opportunity affordable for professionals, parents and educators

If any businesses would like to sponsor this workshop please contact Chris
Spring Expo

We will have a display table at the upcoming Spring Expo. Come along to chat with Adele and Chris, look at resources or guess how many letters are in the jar to win a prize. We look forward to seeing you.
Eastern Southland Dyslexia Support Meeting

Date:       10th September 2019 at 7.30pm.
Venue:     Calvin Community Church, Gore

Come along to hear Chris Cole talk about the Early Identification project the Learning Differences Aotearoa Trust is implementing and what the Ministry of Education are planning in 2020 for Learning Support.

PD for educators 2020 – The Science of Reading

We are happy to announce the exciting professional development opportunity to listen to US educator Dr Pam Kastner in Invercargill 23 March 2020. Book now for early bird prices.

For more information please click here
Or to register click here

Stress management workshop

When: September 11th 2019

Time : 7-8.30pm

Cost: $25 per person

Learn techniques to deal with pre-exam stress.

Ideal for high school seniors and parents

  • Alleviate stress
  • Deal with unhelpful thoughts
  • Learn how to practise mindfulness

Venue: SIT KEA room Don St Downtown campus

Enrolments and enquiries: Kate Lindsay 021 2999 836

Visit the MyDirection Website, facebook or instagram to find out more

Your contribution makes a difference to the work we provide to support all people who learn differently.

Contact Chris,
Learning Differences Advisor

for any information or help you may need
021 1247538

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