Welcome

DSF Literacy and Clinical Services (The Dyslexia-SPELD Foundation of WA inc.) has provided vital support to West Australian children and adults with learning disabilities for over 40 years. It remains committed to improving the level of support provided to children and adults with learning disabilities and to the community’s understanding of specific learning disabilities, in particular dyslexia.

DSF continues to focus on ensuring that children and adults with learning disabilities are supported adequately and appropriately, and that all students are provided with the opportunity to achieve their potential. In addition it provides advice and support to families and educators on successful literacy acquisition, evidence-based practice, and the strategies most likely to improve literacy outcomes for all students. Our role includes supporting and advising students, adults and families directly, as well as indirectly through the support and advice provided at a school or employment level.

Upcoming Events

      • Analysing Spelling Errors to Improve Literacy Outcomes
      • 5 Sep 14
      • Spelling is just one component of literacy but the implications of struggling to spell are significant. Decoding and encoding are two sides of the same coin, so why is it that some students can apparently read but fail when it comes to spelling?

        This practical full-day workshop will address this question and explore how to analyse an individual’s spelling errors to reveal underlying deficits in particular areas including phonological awareness, knowledge of orthography, vocabulary, morphological and semantic relationships, and mental orthographic images. Strategies to address these deficits will be discussed.

        Presenter: Alison Holloway is a speech pathologist at DSF Literacy and Clinical Services. She has an in-depth understanding of how speech and oral language forms the foundation for literacy development and is trained to identify children who are at risk of literacy difficulties from an early age. Alison has experience assessing and treating children with literacy, language, articulation and social skill difficulties and works closely with families and teachers to provide support for students with specific learning disabilities.

        214R Analysing Spelling Errors

      • Talk for Writing (T4W) Session Three
      • 15 Sep 14
      • This series of four practical half-day workshops offers teachers an overview of the T4W approach and provides an opportunity to trial each of the component steps of this exceptionally effective instructional approach.
        Fortnightly sessions will be held on Monday mornings for teachers of Kindergarten to Year 2 and on Tuesday mornings for teachers of Year 3 to Year 6.

        Workshop Three: Shared writing, sentence games and grammar
        …. focuses on assisting children to develop the component skills of composition through the process of carefully structured and modelled shared writing. A range of creative warm-ups and sentence-level games will also be trialled.
        Monday 15th or Tuesday 16th September

        Presenters
        Sam Holyer
        Sam is a Primary School Teacher, originally from the UK and now teaching in Perth. She has extensive experience in using the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach, having worked in one of the UK ‘Talk for Writing’ training schools, where she was the Key Stage 2 Literacy Coordinator. She has worked with Pie Corbett, who developed ‘Talk for Writing’ on the ‘Transforming Writing’ action research project and is currently working as a Literacy Specialist at DSF.
        Alison Holloway
        Alison is a speech pathologist at DSF Literacy and Clinical Services. She has an in-depth understanding of how speech and oral language forms the foundation for literacy development. Alison has experience assessing and treating children with literacy, language, articulation and social skill difficulties and works closely with families and teachers to provide support for students with specific learning disabilities.

        To download the registration form please click on the link below:
        214J-2 Talk for Writing

      • Using Wordshark 5 to support Students with Literacy Difficulties
      • 23 Sep 14
      • Students who experience difficulties with literacy require targeted support to address their specific area of need; but the implementation of any teaching program also needs to consider how to motivate and encourage the individual concerned.
        In this workshop Cheryl Dobbs will explore Wordshark 5 and examine some of the most valuable new features that now exist in this most recent version. She will also discuss ways in which she has used particular activities and games with students to address specific difficulties.
        The workshop will focus on the way that the software can be used both at school and at home. It will explore some of the existing courses embedded within the program and how these can either be incorporated into an Individual Educational Program or adapted for everyday classroom activity. Cheryl will also demonstrate how to set up specific programs of work ready for use with an individual or group of students.
        This workshop will be of interest to new users as well as those who may have used previous versions of Wordshark. It will offer an insight into some of the valuable features that exist within the program and explore the support that these can offer. Participants are encouraged to bring along their own laptops with the software previously installed ready for use. The focus will be on Primary and lower Secondary school levels. (Note: Max 20 participants)

        Presenter: Cheryl Dobbs is an Independent Consultant and Trainer who specializes in the use of digital technologies to support literacy and learning. She has over thirty years of experience and has taught and supported children and adults across a range of mainstream and specialist educational settings. Cheryl now works with students, parents, teachers and therapists helping them to explore and use technologies to support specific needs. She regularly presents at conferences, facilitates workshops and contributes to publications both here in Australia and in the UK. Her particular interest is the use of technologies to support the process of writing and has recently completed her doctorate in this area.

        To download the registration form please click on the link below:
        214AJ Using WordShark 3 hr