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

      • Office Closed: Holiday Break
      • 19 Dec 14
      • Many of the staff and volunteers of DSF will be taking a well-earned break during the summer holidays. The DSF office will be closed as of the 20th of December to re-open on the 19th January, 2015. We will still be operating with a skeleton staff however, during this period, book orders and enquiries will be processed on a weekly basis – if you place an enquiry or order please expect a longer than usual wait.

        DSF wishes you all a happy and safe holiday season!

      • 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:

        Download a registration form

      • 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