Real Special Ltd. is a New Zealand-based internet company that was formed in 2004. Our company offers a specialised range of products for those needing support with; dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, autism, memory problems, spelling and reading difficulties, sensory impairment, and more. 

Carole Bennett
B.ED (Hons), DASEHIC, M.ED, BA (Communication)

Hi, my name is Carole Bennett and my husband Tony and I are the directors of Real Special Ltd.

I have extensive experience in working as a teacher in mainstream, in special needs settings, and as a teacher of the Deaf both in New Zealand and the UK. As a family, we moved to New Zealand in 2001, set up Real Special Ltd. in 2004, and became proud New Zealand citizens in 2005!

My role is to be in charge of sales and customer service. Products on our website are ones I can personally recommend, and as we are not linked to any one supplier, offer impartial advice.

We are based in beautiful Nelson, but distribute products all over New Zealand and abroad so please don’t hesitate to contact me on: carole@realspecial.co.nz

Tony Bennett
GradDipBus, BBus

Hi, my name is Tony and I’m a qualified accountant. My role at Real Special is to look after our customer accounts, product despatch and technical support.

Since 2004, we’ve built customer relationships with many schools and RTLB clusters around New Zealand. It’s so great to be part of a business that really does transform people’s lives.

If I can be of assistance please contact me on: info@realspecial.co.nz

Sam Bennett
B.Tech (IT)

Hi, I’m Sam – I am the Real Special webmaster and also offer technical support. I hold a degree in IT majoring in software development and have several years experience in the IT industry.

 

Liz Sedley
Dyslexia Specialist

All the Dyslexia Gold programs were developed by New Zealander Liz Sedley .

After growing up in Lower Hutt, Liz went to Hutt Valley High School and then on to Victoria University of Wellington to complete a BSc in Computer Science. Now based in the UK, Liz originally designed all the Dyslexia Gold programs to help teach her own daughter Abby to read. Upon starting school, after 3 years and with extra daily help, Abby still could not read or write a single word.

In desperation, Liz researched every form of dyslexia treatment out there, tried all of them, and eventually created the Dyslexia Gold programs (the range has grown to six and can be bought individually or in bundles for use at school or home).Suitable for all students, but especially for those with dyslexia, Special Educational Needs, English as a second language etc, Dyslexia Gold is used in over 300 schools throughout the UK and is approved by the British Dyslexia Association.

Formal trials and testing have shown that Dyslexia Gold goes beyond phonics to create fluent readers and writers.

Footnote: It’s been a very long, hard road teaching Abby and although she couldn’t read until Year 6, she’s now reads fluently and is happy and confident. Abby’s off to university in September 2021 to study Paramedicine!