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

      • Understanding Literacy Difficulties A workshop for Speech Pathologists 117AB
      • 24 May 17
      • Speech pathologists have an important role to play in the provision of support for children with literacy difficulties. This two-day workshop will inform the assessment and intervention practices of speech pathologists who work with children struggling to acquire age-appropriate skills in literacy.
        Day One: Understanding Literacy Difficulties – “There’s more to literacy than phonological awareness.”
        On day one, participants will:
        • Examine high quality early literacy instruction: the role of phonological awareness; and, the components of effective instruction in reading, spelling and written expression;
        • Review evidence-based programs in order to better evaluate current practice and available resources; and,
        • Discuss the speech pathologist’s role in the literacy domain and the range of recommendations that can be made to both families and schools.
        Day Two: Understanding Literacy Difficulties – “The Assessment of Literacy Skills and Targeted Intervention.”
        On day two, participants will:
        • Evaluate best-practice assessment of literacy: the purpose of assessment, and appropriate tools for investigating areas of strength and weakness;
        • Explore the role of the speech pathologist in the provision of Tier 2 and Tier 3 intervention for students with literacy difficulties – using a case study approach; and,
        • Discuss the collaborative roles of the speech pathologist and psychologist in diagnosing Specific Learning Disabilities (including Dyslexia).

        Presenter: Alison Perry 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.

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        117AB Understanding Literacy Difficulties

      • Talk4Writing (for High School - 1 Day) 117AI
      • 29 May 17
      • Many high school students find the writing process to be extremely challenging. They may have a good understanding of a subject, but struggle to write in a way that clearly shows their understanding. For high school teachers, this is likely to be frustrating, because students are unable to show the knowledge they have been taught in lessons and slower academic progress is made.

        Talk4Writing is a unique process that uses spoken activities to develop writing skills. Originally designed to teach written expression to primary school children, the Talk For Writing approach has been successfully adapted for a high school setting. It provides a framework to teach students to express their knowledge effectively, in writing or speech, using the style of expression needed for each subject area. The result is an approach that can be used consistently within a school, while still having the flexibility to be an appropriate teaching method across the diverse areas of the curriculum.

        Talk4Writing has the potential to improve students’ communication and writing skills dramatically. Feedback from students indicates that they find Talk4Writing ‘fun, engaging and motivating – and it makes writing easy.

        Presenter: Peta Collins, BA (Hons), MPsych (Ed. & Dev.), Grad Dip Ed (Spec. Ed.) is a Psychologist at DSF Literacy and Clinical Services. She assesses children, teenagers, and adults with learning difficulties and disabilities, and also consults with parents on appropriate evidence-based classroom and individual strategies to improve literacy skills.

        To download the flyer please click on the link below:
        117AI T4W HS

      • ‘Understanding Learning Difficulties...a practical guide.’ 117AM
      • 2 Jun 17
      • In this practical full-day workshop the 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: Lisa Watts, BSc (Hons), MPsych (Ed. & Dev.), Dip. Ed, (Spec. Ed.). Lisa is a Psychologist on the DSF clinical team who provides consultations and assessments of students and adults with learning difficulties. Prior to joining DSF, Lisa worked for the WA Department of Education, and most recently lead a team of Teachers, Psychologists and Educational Assistants. Lisa consulted and worked with school staff, families and students with complex profiles, using an ecological framework and evidenced based methods to maximise learning outcomes.

        Please click on link below to download flyer.
        117aM Understanding LDs

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