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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

      • Sounds-Write: A High Quality Evidence-Based Phonics Program 117AE
      • 3 Jul 17
      • Sounds-Write is an evidence-based phonics program utilising an exciting and highly successful approach to the teaching of reading, spelling and writing.
        This four day intensive course offers an instructional method that is structured, cumulative, sequential and explicit; all of which are strongly recommended for teaching children to read and spell. It places emphasis on providing practice that is grounded in physical, concrete experience of the skills and conceptual understanding that students need to assimilate. Sounds-Write is developmentally appropriate for beginning readers in foundation, Year 1 and Year 2, and also offers fast and highly effective intervention for children at all year levels who have fallen behind in their reading and spelling from Year 3 onwards.

        Presenter: Margie Backhouse [BA(Ed) GradCert(LrngDiff) MEd(LrngDiff)] is a fully accredited and highly sought-after Sounds-Write Trainer. She is 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 leading the Centre for Inclusive Schooling’s Learning Difficulties Team at the Western Australian Department of Education.

        117AE Sounds-Write

      • Sounds-Write: A High Quality Evidence-Based Phonics Program 117AD
      • 27 Jun 17
      • Sounds-Write is an evidence-based phonics program utilising an exciting and highly successful approach to the teaching of reading, spelling and writing.
        This four day intensive course offers an instructional method that is structured, cumulative, sequential and explicit; all of which are strongly recommended for teaching children to read and spell. It places emphasis on providing practice that is grounded in physical, concrete experience of the skills and conceptual understanding that students need to assimilate. Sounds-Write is developmentally appropriate for beginning readers in foundation, Year 1 and Year 2, and also offers fast and highly effective intervention for children at all year levels who have fallen behind in their reading and spelling from Year 3 onwards.

        Presenter: Kim Bloor, BA (Hons), MPsych (Ed. & Dev.), Dip. Ed, (Spec. Ed.). Kim is an Educational and Developmental Psychologist at DSF Literacy and Clinical Services where she assesses children, teenagers, and adults with learning difficulties and disabilities. She is a highly sought-after Sounds-Write Trainer with experience delivering the program to struggling students. She also consults with parents on appropriate evidence-based classroom and individual strategies to improve literacy.

        117AD Sounds-Write

      • 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


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