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

      • Dysgraphia - Defining Features and Effective Strategies
      • 22 Oct 14
      • Dysgraphia (a Specific Learning Disability in writing) appears as significant difficulties with spelling, handwriting and/or written expression. Individuals with Dysgraphia struggle to put their thoughts on paper in a meaningful and structured way.
        This full day workshop will provide participants with an understanding of the defining features of written expression disorders and the functional impact of Dysgraphia, and demonstrate effective strategies for use both in and out of the classroom. It is recommended for classroom teachers, LSC’s and other professionals working with individuals with Dysgraphia, as well as parents of children with Dysgraphia.

        Presenter: Kelly Fullarton is a Psychologist at DSF Literacy and Clinical Services. She assesses children, teenagers and adults struggling with acquisition of effective literacy skills and recommends appropriate classroom-based and individual strategies. Kelly is passionate about finding practical and often stress-free strategies to improve literacy skills in children and adults.

      • 'Understanding Learning Difficulties .... a practical guide.'
      • 3 Nov 14
      • 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.

      • Explicit Direct Instruction in Literacy
      • 5 Nov 14
      • Explicit instruction is systematic, direct, engaging and success-oriented and is essential in teaching content that students could not otherwise discover (Archer, 2011). This half day workshop will cover the features of explicit instruction based on the delivery strategies that support the lesson design. Participants will explore the basic tenets of explicit instruction and the benefits for all students including those with learning difficulties. It is suitable for teachers and education assistants in a primary school setting, although secondary teachers are welcome.

        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.