Dyslexia is sometimes referred to as the invisible disability. It is estimated to affect 10 to 15 per cent of the population. It is a lifelong, inherited condition that has a neurological cause.

Those who have it will struggle to learn to read, even if taught using methods that work well with other children.Even intervention programs that have proven effective with other slow learners, such as Reading Recovery, tend not to help dyslexic children.
Dyslexics do not simply write letters backwards, as some people assume, they generally have significant difficulty reading, spelling and writing.
It is not an intellectual disability - many people with dyslexia are gifted.
It does not discriminate on race, gender or socioeconomic status. It affects the children of academics, writers, comedians and a federal government minister.
And while dyslexia can not be cured, it can be treated.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/dyslexia-the-invisible-disability-20140703-zsuxb.html#ixzz37112p6yk

Here is the link for the recent Federal roundtable consultation on dyslexia with Federal Minister for Education, Christopher Pyne.

SPELD Victoria will be interested to see the outcomes from this!

Follow link for more information!



Michele Semmens

Chief Executive Officer
SPELD Victoria
60 High Street, Preston 3072
9480 4422


Often parents will benefit from support in understanding their child or young person’s specific learning problems and the strategies and pathways which will best suit their needs and of course looking after the parents emotional needs as well.

Clients who have been diagnosed with a specific learning disorder may need support and information relating to strategies to manage a job role or a study course. Each person will experience different emotional reactions and concerns and may benefit from counseling to discuss particular issues.

Appointments can be booked with a qualified SPELD Victoria psychologist by phoning SPELD on 9480 4422. The fee for a one hour counseling session is $150.

Medicare will only provide rebates for counseling sessions where clients have been referred by a GP and where a mental health Care Plan has been prepared by the GP. Rebates may be available from Private Health Insurers for individuals who have private health cover. This will vary depending on the type of extras cover provided by each client’s particular health insurer.

Can you help?

SPELD Victoria is supporting research by Katherine Levi, phD student, Department of Social Work, Melbourne University (Human Research Ethics Committee Approval No.1238564.1). 

The research is on the views and experiences of parents with a child 7-18 with dyslexia.

The survey takes around 30-40 mins to complete and is entirely ananymous and confidential. Your views will be greatly appreciated.





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