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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

      • Jolly Grammar
      • 30 Mar 15
      • Jolly Grammar is a multisensory literacy program which follows on from Jolly Phonics. This half day workshop provides an overview of the Jolly Grammar program and how to use it explicitly and effectively in the classroom.
        Jolly Grammar is a systematic program that teaches a wide range of language forms including the parts of speech, plurals, punctuation and tense. It also introduces spelling rules and provides clear instruction on simple and complex sentence construction. The program is designed for Year 1 to 5.
        Classroom teachers, Education Assistants as well as interested parents can attend this workshop.

        Please note: this workshop links with the separate Jolly Phonics half-day workshop which focuses on systematic phonics instruction for Pre-Primary.

        Presenter: Gemma Boyle, BA (Hons), MPsych (Ed. & Dev.), Dip. Ed. (Spec.Ed.) Gemma is a Senior Psychologist at DSF Literacy and Clinical Services where she coordinates literacy programs and consults with teachers and parents regarding literacy skill development and learning difficulties. Gemma is keen to maintain the link between theory and practice in order to provide evidence-based strategies for those experiencing literacy difficulties.

        To download the registration form please click on the link below:
        115P Jolly Grammar 2015

      • Essay Writing for Students in Year 10, 11 & 12
      • 30 Mar 15
      • Learn how to write a well-structured essay using a specific model designed to: Analyse & discuss how themes are represented in text; Identify the techniques used by authors to construct these themes; and, Discover how readers are positioned to think and feel about the identified themes.
        This workshop will focus on the process of Text Analysis and three different types of text: Feature Film,Novel and Feature Article
        *This workshop is suitable for year 10 students who are considering doing 2A/2B English next year as well as those students in year 11 who are currently studying the 2B course. In addition, year 12 students can attend the course as an excellent form of revision for their upcoming mock and ATAR examinations.

        Presented by: Jenny Baker, a well-known Speech Pathologist who works exclusively with children and young adults who experience reading, writing and spelling difficulties.

        To download the registration form please click on the link below:
        115Q Essay Writing Yrs 10, 11 & 12

      • Identification and Response to SLDs: The RTI Model and DSM 5
      • 31 Mar 15
      • The focus of this full-day workshop will be specific learning disorders; their incidence and associated impact on students in primary and secondary schools throughout Western Australia. School psychologists have an important role to play in contributing to the school’s response to all students struggling with the acquisition of academic skills, whatever the causative factors may be. For those students with an underlying neurodevelopmental disorder, such as a specific learning disorder with impairment in reading, writing or mathematics, they are often asked to contribute additional knowledge and skills. In order to do this well, school psychologists need to have a strong understanding of the RTI (Response to Intervention) model, the components of high quality instruction, and the strategies implicit in evidence-based intervention. They also need to understand the DSM 5 diagnostic criteria required to identify specific learning disorders.
        The recent DSF publication, Understanding Learning Difficulties … A practical guide, will be reviewed as part of the workshop.

        Presenter: Mandy Nayton is the Executive Officer of DSF Literacy and Clinical Services. She is an educational and developmental psychologist and qualified teacher with extensive experience in the field of literacy education. Mandy supports schools with literacy planning and recommends appropriate classroom-based and individual strategies for struggling students. She also runs workshops on literacy acquisition, vocabulary development and learning difficulties for DSF, UWA and Curtin University. Mandy is an Adjunct Research Fellow at Curtin University’s School of Psychology and Speech Pathology.

        115R Identification and Response to SLDs


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