30 Aug 2019

Building a brighter future

We are proud to be helping to lay the foundation for success for adolescents with dyslexia by sponsoring students suffering from the learning disorder at Tauranga Intermediate.

Ten percent of the population is affected by dyslexia - which is characterised by difficulty in reading, spelling, writing and eye tracking. People with dyslexia can skip words, lines and in some cases whole paragraphs.

Golden Homes have sponsored 32 students each year for the last five years to attend a revolutionary education programme - called The Cellfield Intervention Programme - that works on neuroplasticity; re-wiring the brain by targeting the auditory, visual and motor pathways simultaneously. Tauranga Intermediate is the only school in New Zealand running this programme.

Golden Homes CEO, Shane Helms, explains that the company was keen to support the course as a means of helping kids with dyslexia reach their full potential.

"Dyslexia is simply a language processing difficulty and has nothing to do with intelligence. Once students have completed Cellfield Intervention, it makes a huge impact on their whole lives - their confidence increases, their behaviour improves, they can understand the world around them better, and they are less likely to be bullied," says Helms.

Cellfield clinician, Judith Kramer, says the impact this programme has had on her students is "completely life-changing".

"Cellfield is a unique reading intervention designed to clear bottlenecks and create new connections in the brain, which enhance the sensory functions that are critical for reading and comprehension. On average it improves reading skills by one to two years in the 10 x one-hour sessions," says Kramer.

"We are so lucky to have this sponsorship as the cost is out of reach for many parents. Dyslexia is a huge problem, if we had Government funding we could install the programme throughout New Zealand."

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