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

      • Talk for Writing (T4W) - Session Two
      • 1 Sep 14
      • This series of four practical half-day workshops offers teachers an overview of the T4W approach and provides an opportunity to trial each of the component steps of this exceptionally effective instructional approach.
        Fortnightly sessions will be held on Monday mornings for teachers of Kindergarten to Year 2 and on Tuesday mornings for teachers of Year 3 to Year 6.

        Workshop Two: Reading as a Reader, Reading as a Writer and ‘boxing up the text’
        …. providing an understanding of the skills children need to dissect a text and internalise the successful writing techniques utilised when ‘Reading as a Reader’ and ‘Reading as a Writer’.
        Monday 1st or Tuesday 2nd September

        Presenters
        Sam Holyer
        Sam is a Primary School Teacher, originally from the UK and now teaching in Perth. She has extensive experience in using the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach, having worked in one of the UK ‘Talk for Writing’ training schools, where she was the Key Stage 2 Literacy Coordinator. She has worked with Pie Corbett, who developed ‘Talk for Writing’ on the ‘Transforming Writing’ action research project and is currently working as a Literacy Specialist at DSF.
        Alison Holloway
        Alison 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. 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.

        To download the registration form please click on the link below:
        214J-2 Talk for Writing

      • Analysing Spelling Errors to Improve Literacy Outcomes
      • 5 Sep 14
      • Spelling is just one component of literacy but the implications of struggling to spell are significant. Decoding and encoding are two sides of the same coin, so why is it that some students can apparently read but fail when it comes to spelling?

        This practical full-day workshop will address this question and explore how to analyse an individual’s spelling errors to reveal underlying deficits in particular areas including phonological awareness, knowledge of orthography, vocabulary, morphological and semantic relationships, and mental orthographic images. Strategies to address these deficits will be discussed.

        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.

        214R Analysing Spelling Errors

      • Talk for Writing (T4W) Session Three
      • 15 Sep 14
      • This series of four practical half-day workshops offers teachers an overview of the T4W approach and provides an opportunity to trial each of the component steps of this exceptionally effective instructional approach.
        Fortnightly sessions will be held on Monday mornings for teachers of Kindergarten to Year 2 and on Tuesday mornings for teachers of Year 3 to Year 6.

        Workshop Three: Shared writing, sentence games and grammar
        …. focuses on assisting children to develop the component skills of composition through the process of carefully structured and modelled shared writing. A range of creative warm-ups and sentence-level games will also be trialled.
        Monday 15th or Tuesday 16th September

        Presenters
        Sam Holyer
        Sam is a Primary School Teacher, originally from the UK and now teaching in Perth. She has extensive experience in using the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach, having worked in one of the UK ‘Talk for Writing’ training schools, where she was the Key Stage 2 Literacy Coordinator. She has worked with Pie Corbett, who developed ‘Talk for Writing’ on the ‘Transforming Writing’ action research project and is currently working as a Literacy Specialist at DSF.
        Alison Holloway
        Alison 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. 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.

        To download the registration form please click on the link below:
        214J-2 Talk for Writing