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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

      • Preparing Reports For the School Curriculum and Standards Authority
      • 22 Apr 15
      • In this session Mandy will discuss preparing a report for the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (formerly known as the Curriculum Council) in cases where students are likely to apply for special examination arrangements. Consideration will be given to both learning disability diagnosis and assessed functional impact. In addition, Mandy will describe the type of provisions available for students with differing needs, what information and level of detail is needed by the Curriculum and Standards Authority, and how to structure a report for clarity and effect.

        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 and is also a member of the Federal Government’s Schools’ Disability Advisory Council.

        To download the registration form please click on the link below:
        115T Preparing Reports for the Curriculum Council

      • Working Memory Difficulties – Effective Classroom Instruction
      • 1 May 15
      • Students with poor working memory often struggle to achieve within the classroom. This workshop explains the characteristics of working memory impairment and the impact of such difficulties on academic performance.

        Participants will be provided with an overview of the ways in which working memory affects learning and methods for reducing the learning difficulties associated with working memory problems will be discussed. There will be a focus on classroom accommodations and effective teaching strategies.

        Presenter: Kim Bloor, BA (Hons), MPsych (Ed. & Dev.), Dip. Ed, (Spec. Ed.). Kim is a Psychologist at DSF Literacy and Clinical Services where she assesses children, teenagers, and adults with learning difficulties and disabilities. She also consults with parents on appropriate evidence-based classroom and individual strategies to improve literacy.

        To download registration form please click on the link below:
        115V Working Memory Difficulties

      • Essay Writing For Students in Years 7, 8 & 9
      • 4 May 15
      • This workshop will focus on the construction of a factual essay that aims to provide information related to a topic and develop an argument in a logical and cohesive manner
        Students will learn: To analyse & write essays used for reference purposes when they are confronted with the task of writing an essay in class; About the “jobs” done by different parts of the essay and the “formula” for a successful introduction, conclusion as well as informative body paragraphs

        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:
        115W Essay Writing for Students Years 7,8 & 9

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