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

      • Essay Writing Workshop for Secondary Students in Years 10,11 & 12
      • 25 Aug 14
      • Learn how to write a well-structured essay using a specific model designed to analyse & discuss how themes are represented in text;
        identify the techniques used by authors to construct these themes; and, discover how readers are positioned to think and feel about the identified themes
        This workshop will focus on the process of Text Analysis and three different types of text:Feature Film, Novel and Feature Article
        *This workshop is suitable for year 10 students who are considering doing 2A/2B English next year as well as those students in year 11 who are currently studying the 2B course. In addition, year 12 students can attend the course as an excellent form of revision for their upcoming mock and ATAR examinations.

        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:

        214M Essay Writing Yrs 10, 11 & 12

      • Grammar activities for the Australian Curriculum English (Years F – 3)
      • 26 Aug 14
      • The workshop looks at what the research tells us about the principles of teaching grammar, including how to teach grammar in the early (primary) years school. It is a basic revision of the eight parts of speech (noun, pronoun, adjective, verb, adverb, preposition, conjunction and interjection) and is especially targeted for teachers who feel their grammar knowledge needs reviewing. Using our DSF Scope and Sequence from the Australian Curriculum (English) we will look at where to start teaching in years F – 3. Practical activities will be shared throughout the day, including a range of resources to use in your own classroom.

        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 download the registration form please click on the link below:-
        214Q Grammar activities for the Australian Curriculum

      • Individual and Small Group Teaching of Children with Dyslexia and other SLDs
      • 27 Aug 14
      • Children with learning disabilities typically struggle to make progress in the regular classroom environment. They require structured, sequential programmes with far more opportunity for revision and practise than does the child who has no difficulty with literacy. This is best provided in an individual or small group situation. This three day course will cover:
        The causes and defining features of specific learning disabilities; Phonological and phonemic awareness; Assessment tools; Understanding and using a psychologist’s report; The use of structured, sequential multi-sensory methods of teaching; The use of computer programs and Techniques for older students and adults.
        This course will prove useful for any teacher who works with students with literacy difficulties.

        214N Individual and Small Group Teaching etc