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

      • Office Closed: Holiday Break
      • 19 Dec 14
      • The staff and volunteers of DSF will be taking a well-earned break during the summer holidays. The DSF office will be closed as of the 20th of December to re-open on the 20th January, 2015. During this period, book orders and enquiries will be processed on a fortnightly basis – if you place an enquiry or order please expect a longer than usual wait.

        DSF wishes you all a happy and safe holiday season!

      • Improving Reading Comprehension
      • 17 Mar 15
      • Improving Reading Comprehension:

        The effective teaching of grammar and text comprehension strategies.
        A workshop for teachers, school psychologists and speech pathologists.

        Presented by internationally renowned literacy expert and author Dr. Louisa Moats

        In this full-day interactive workshop Louisa will take the participants through a range of evidence-based strategies and successful teaching approaches that have been found to significantly improve reading comprehension outcomes. In particular, she will focus on:

        Grammar for Reading and Writing

        • comprehension begins with sentences
        • teaching sentence sense with an emphasis on functional aspects of grammar and syntax
        • types of phrases and sentences
        • using sentence builders, sentence elaboration, sentence combining, anagrams
        • spoken to written language

        Teaching Successful Comprehension Strategies

        • what does comprehension require, and what distinguishes good from poor comprehenders?
        • Identifying aspects of academic language that are difficult for students to process
        • surface comprehension, the text base, and construction of the mental model
        • using the Comprehension Planning Guide to formulate before, during, and after reading instructional plans for a given text
        • the art of querying; helping students read like detectives

        Presenter: Dr. Louisa Moats has been a teacher, psychologist, researcher, graduate school faculty member, and author of many influential scientific journal articles, books, and policy papers on the topics of reading, spelling, language, and teacher preparation. After a first job as a neuropsychology technician, she became a teacher of students with learning and reading difficulties, earning her Master’s degree at Peabody College of Vanderbilt. Later, after realizing how little she understood about teaching, she earned a doctorate in Reading and Human Development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Moats spent the next fifteen years in private practice as a licensed psychologist in Vermont, specializing in evaluation and consultation with individuals of all ages and walks of life who experienced reading, writing, and language difficulties. In addition to the LETRS professional development series, Dr. Moats’ books include Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers (Brookes Publishing); Spelling: Development, Disability, and Instruction (Pro-Ed); Straight Talk About Reading (with Susan Hall, Contemporary Books), and Basic Facts about Dyslexia.

        Louisa Moats will also present second workshop titled Romance and Reality in the Treatment of Dyslexia on Wednesday the 18th of March, 2015. Click here for more information and to register.

      • Romance and Reality in the Treatment of Dyslexia
      • 18 Mar 15
      • Romance and Reality in the Treatment of Dyslexia

        A workshop for teachers, parents and allied professionals

        Presented by internationally renowned literacy expert and author Dr. Louisa Moats*

        In this half day workshop Louisa will introduce participants to the current research and some of the common myths associated with dyslexia and other reading disorders.

        THE WORKSHOP WILL COVER:

        • Common myths associated with dyslexia;
        • sub-types of reading disorders, including language comprehension disorders;
        • the “dyslexia debate” – do we need the “D” word?
        • Principles of intervention strongly supported by research evidence; and,
        • a number of case studies and the possibility of positive outcomes.

        Presenter:*Dr. Louisa Moats has been a teacher, psychologist, researcher, graduate school faculty member, and author of many influential scientific journal articles, books and policy papers on the topics of reading, spelling, language and teacher preparation. After initially working in the field of neuropsychology, Louisa became a teacher of students with learning and reading difficulties, earning her Master’s degree at Peabody College of Vanderbilt. She later earned a doctorate in Reading and Human Development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Louisa spent the next fifteen years in private practice as a psychologist in Vermont, specialising in assessment and consultation, and working with individuals of all ages and walks of life experiencing reading, writing, and language difficulties. Since then Louisa has written extensively and presented throughout the United States and Internationally.
        Louisa’s publications include Basic Facts About Dyslexia & Other Reading Problems, Expert Perspectives on Interventions for Reading, (both for sale in the AUSPELD bookshop), and Speech to Print – Language Essentials for Teachers.