Nelson Leader : April 11th 2013
9 THE NELSON LEADER, APRIL 11, 2013 NEWS Here to help: SLD Nelson co- ordinator Susie Cowper, left, and assessor Gill Knight with some of the equipment they use to assess whether or not someone has dyslexia. PHOTO: MATT LAWREY Team out to assess kids who need help By MATT LAWREY Anew organisation dedicated to helping people who have trouble with reading, writing, spelling and maths is being launched in Nelson next week. Specific Learning Disabilities or SLD Nelson is being launched with a function at The Boat House next Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm. SLD Nelson offers schools and families services to assess children for dyslexia and other specific learning problems and, if required, make recom- mendations about how to deal with the con- dition. We re after the children who seem really smart but are failing with reading, writing and maths, cognitive and educational assessor Gill Knight said. What all the research tells us is that the earlier a child s problems are addressed, the more likely it is that they ll succeed. The SLD Nelson team includes two cognitive and educational assessors and 12 specialist teachers qualified to teach students with dys- lexia. A not-for-profit organisation, SLD Nelson puts kids through a comprehensive three-hour assessment programme that is often conducted over two sessions. The cost is $400. Gill said dyslexia came with a genetic link and affected both sexes. It s often thought of as more of a male prob- lem but the longitudinal studies say it s 50-50, she said. The public is invited to attend next week s launch which will feature a clown and a treasure hunt for children, along with drinks and nibbles. The Boat House bar will also be open. To find out more about SLD Nelson contact the co-ordinator Susie Cowper on 545 2298. Expect bargains at sale fundraiser By MATT LAWREY Lots on offer: Isla, 3, and Chante Whitehouse with some of the items they will be selling at this weekend's Baby Gear Extravaganza. Photo: MATT LAWREY A huge amount of goods will be on sale at bargain prices at the Baby Gear Extravaganza at the Masonic Lodge Rooms in Nile St, this Saturday. The sale, organised as a fundra- iser for Nelson District Parents Cen- tre, will feature new and used baby and children s clothes, books, toys, nursery equipment, maternity items and more. Nelson mother of two Chante Whitehouse is a big fan of the Parents Centre and the sale. Last year she made about $350 selling things her children no longer needed. It was really good, she said. Chante said it was also really use- ful for mums and dads who needed things for their children. You just never know what you re going to get there; there is just so much stuff, she said. Anyone wanting a table at the sale should contact Linda Rainbow on 544 9668 or email sevencolours@ xtra.co.nz. Baby Gear Extravaganza, Masonic Lodge Rooms, 107 Nile St, this Saturday, 9am till 1pm. Entry $2.
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