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

      • Effective Communication with your Child’s School
      • 16 Feb 15
      • Parents know their children best and can be powerful advocates for ensuring their child’s needs are adequately met within the classroom.

        This workshop also focuses on developing a document that clearly summarises the important information a school needs to know about each child with a learning difficulty or disability.

        Each parent will be able to compile a user-friendly summary that can be distributed to the relevant school staff and will be guided through practical and positive strategies for communicating with their child’s school.

        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 register please click on the link below:

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      • Literacy Learning Through Games P-6
      • 17 Feb 15
      • This is an opportunity to view demonstrations of the TRUGS (Teaching Reading Through Games), Letters and Sounds resources and our awesome Washington Reads card games. Come along and join in the games which are great resources anyone can use in the classroom and suitable for all ages.
        For Primary Teachers, DSF Specialist Tutors, Education Assistants and Parents.
        Lower Secondary Teachers also welcome as we will be presenting suitable games for that level.

        Presenter: Margie Backhouse [BA(Ed) GradCert(LrngDiff) MEd(LrngDiff)] is a Senior Administrator at DSF, an experienced primary school teacher, and a specialist in learning difficulties. In recent years she has lectured at Edith Cowan University in the primary teaching program and prior to that was the Centre for Inclusive Schooling’s Learning Difficulties Team Leader at the Western Australian Department of Education.

        To register please click on the link below:
        115C Literacy Learning through Games

      • Understanding Learning Difficulties...a practical guide
      • 18 Feb 15
      • In this practical full-day workshop the recently released DSF Learning Difficulties Guide will be reviewed and effective ways to make use of it explored. Successful strategies for assisting students with developmental learning disorders, such as dyslexia, will be identified.

        The Guide includes a wealth of valuable information and a comprehensive overview of evidence-based remediation and accommodation strategies. In addition it details: the visible signs of learning disorders; effective teaching and accommodation strategies; diagnostic criteria; and, issues such as self-esteem and dyslexia-friendly schools.

        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.

        To download the registration form please click on the link below
        Download a registration form