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

      • Using Technologies to Support Literacy
      • 23 Sep 14
      • This session explores how technologies can be used to support some of the difficulties that individuals encounter with reading and writing. Drawing upon her own recent research, Cheryl Dobbs examines the experiences of students of different ages, considers the types of difficulty they have faced and the technologies they have ultimately turned to and used in order to address their own specific needs. This prompts important considerations that include attention to what causes difficulty within the classroom and how this can be addressed when the literacy demands of the curriculum increase through successive years of schooling. It also raises essential questions regarding where knowledge about suitable technologies is to be found, who needs to be involved in implementing these choices and, importantly, when and where they can be used.

        As part of this session some key technologies, including a selection of iPad Apps, will be used to demonstrate how specific assistance and support can be offered to children and adolescents to support some of the issues they face with literacy.

        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.

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        214AJ-2 Using Technology to support students

      • Effective Teaching of Literacy: Extended Code
      • 1 Oct 14
      • Evidence from both research and practice clearly demonstrates that the most effective reading and spelling programs include explicit, systematic and cumulative instruction in both phonemic awareness and phonics.
        This full day workshop builds on the content covered in ‘Effective Teaching of Literacy- Initial Code/Part One. Participants will review the elements needed for high-quality literacy instruction or remediation. They will examine the delivery, pace and progression of a program combining the ‘Letters & Sounds’ Phases with the ‘Phonic Books’ sequence (incl. Dandelion Readers, Totem, Talisman & Alba series) with a focus on the extended code, specifically teaching complex phoneme-grapheme relationships and alternate spelling patterns. Strategies and resources to teach reading and spelling using word origin, morphology and syllabification will also be explored.

        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.

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        214Y Effective Teaching Extended Code

      • Teaching Spelling Using SoundCheck and Sound Swap
      • 8 Oct 14
      • Spelling (encoding) and reading (decoding) are flipsides of the same literacy coin, however, spelling seems to be missing from the curriculum in many classrooms. Why? Spelling is in fact a more demanding skill and needs to be taught explicitly. It isn’t about sending home 10 random words that will be tested a few days later!
        Maureen will explain how to use both SoundCheck and Sound Swap to teach spelling 1:1 and in small groups. The focus will be on understanding the phonological and phonic skills involved in spelling. This workshop will be hands-on with phonemic and phonic activities that you can use immediately.

        Presenter: Maureen Pollard, the creator of Little Learners Love Literacy and SoundCheck, is an experienced literacy teacher and consultant who works with teachers, schools and parents. Her workshops focus on practical strategies for building phonemic awareness skills and alphabetic knowledge to ensure children learn to read, write and spell with confidence. Maureen has developed her ideas and resources from evidence-based literacy research and many years of teaching literacy skills in England, Spain, South Africa and Australia. Maureen presents workshops for the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER) Professional Learning team.

        To download the registration form please click on the link below
        214Z-1 Teaching Spelling using SoundCheck and Sound Swap