Are you wondering

"Why is my child struggling with reading and spelling?"

"Does my child have dyslexia?"

If those questions are on your mind, we know you’ll be feeling worried and anxious.

You might also be feeling:

  • Lost and unsure about who to trust and where to get the right kind of help for your child.

  • Perhaps your child has had a reading tutor or other support in the past, but it’s made little or no difference.

Understanding the what and the why behind your child’s literacy difficulty is an important first step.

We’re here to help you determine whether your child has dyslexia (or another literacy difficulty) and to ensure that you and your child receives the right evidence-based learning support.

Learning Support with the iDeaL Approach for Specialists

iDeaL Specialists are a growing national network of motivated and passionate specialists who provide gold standard, evidence-based structured literacy intervention to students across New Zealand.

iDeaL Specialists are independent tutors (with an association with Learning MATTERS) and follow the iDeaL Approach for Specialists.

Contact an iDeaL Specialist directly to discuss how they can support you or your child with evidence-based learning support.

North Island

Pānui Me Te Tuhi Limited - Tiana ConnollyLiteracy and MathsP: 021 08215021E: panuimetetuhi@gmail.comTe Awamutu
Pānui Me Te Tuhi Limited

Tiana Connolly

Literacy and Maths

P: 021 08215021


Te Awamutu

Learning Reconnect NZ - Margot HornerP: 021 1455102E: learningreconnectnz@gmail.comTe Awamutu/Cambridge
Learning Reconnect NZ

Margot Horner

P: 021 1455102


Te Awamutu/Cambridge

Growing Literacy - Laura ColemanE: growingliteracynz@gmail.comRaglan
Growing Literacy

Laura Coleman



Ignite Literacy - Justine AnsonP: 027 322 5978E: justine.igniteliteracy@gmail.comTauranga
Ignite Literacy

Justine Anson

P: 027 322 5978



Literacy Learners Mount Maunganui - Annette BarnettP: 027 2500402E: annette.barnett.literacy.learners@gmail.comTauranga
Literacy Learners Mount Maunganui

Annette Barnett

P: 027 2500402



South Island

Interested in using the iDeaL Approach for Specialists in a private intervention setting?  Click here to find out more.


full cognitive and educational assessment will provide you with a greater level of understanding about the difficulties your child is experiencing. This assessment informs you of the next teaching steps and provides clarity of the ‘why’ behind the struggle. 

Learning Support at Home

If you are a home schooling parent with a Certificate of Exemption from the Ministry of Education you are eligible to use the iDeaL Approach to Structured Literacy.

HELP! Is it Dyslexia? FREE webinar recording.

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This is an honest recount from Carla of:

  • What she would have done differently if she had her time again
  • What has worked
  • What hasn't worked.

This will have you experiencing many 'aha' moments, sharing in the emotional journey, and walking away with clarity and a sense of connection.

Head to our Knowledge Hub

Our knowledge hub is packed full of information regarding evidence-based literacy instruction and support.

Hear from literacy experts during our regular Chit Chats, read informative blogs, leap into literacy with our bite-sized videos, and much more.


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