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

      • Dyslexia – Defining Features & Effective Strategies 216N-2
      • 26 Aug 16
      • Dyslexia (a Specific Learning Disability in Reading) is characterised by a significant difficulty with reading and spelling. These difficulties are unexpected in relation to a child’s age, level of schooling and other abilities. Individuals with Dyslexia also typically fail to respond adequately to structured intervention.
        This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of the defining features of reading disorders and will focus on the functional impact of Dyslexia, demonstrating effective strategies for use both in and out of the classroom.

        Presenter: Sarah Holloway, (B.Psych) is a Psychologist at DSF Literacy and Clinical Services. As part of her role at DSF, Sarah conducts psycho-educational assessments of children, adolescents, and adults with learning difficulties. She also consults with parents and individuals regarding appropriate evidence-based classroom and individualised strategies to improve literacy skills and to support learning difficulties.

      • A Whole School Approach to Literacy using Jolly Learning 216M
      • 29 Aug 16
        WORKSHOP 2: Year 1 to 5
        Jolly Learning includes both the Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar programs which provide a thorough foundation for reading and writing. This half-day workshop provides teachers with an overview of how to deliver effective instruction in phonics, spelling and grammar using Jolly Learning in Years 1 to 5.

        This systematic program adopts a cumulative approach that teaches a wide range of language forms including the parts of speech, plurals, punctuation and tense. It also introduces spelling rules and provides clear instruction on simple and complex sentence construction.

        Classroom teachers and education assistants as well as interested parents can attend this workshop.

        Please note: this workshop links with the separate Jolly Learning: Workshop 1 half-day workshop which focuses on the foundations of phonological awareness and phonics in Kindergarten and Pre-Primary.

        Presenter: Gemma Boyle, BA (Hons), MPsych (Ed. & Dev.), Dip. Ed. (Spec.Ed.) Gemma is a Senior Psychologist at DSF Literacy and Clinical Services where she coordinates literacy programs and consults with teachers and parents regarding literacy skill development and learning difficulties. Gemma is keen to maintain the link between theory and practice in order to provide evidence-based strategies for those experiencing literacy difficulties.

      • Explicit Direct Instruction in Literacy 216N-3
      • 30 Aug 16
      • 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.

        To print out a flyer of the workshop please click on the link below:-
        216N-3 Explicit Direct Instruction in Literacy

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