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

      • Building Self Esteem and Resilience
      • 31 May 16
      • Research indicates that for a child with a learning difficulty or disability their self-esteem and ability to “bounce back” from challenges is just as important (if not more important) to their future success as the remediation they receive.

        This workshop focuses on giving parents strategies to develop their child’s resilience.

        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.

        116AD Building Self Esteem and Resilience

      • Psycho-Educational Assessments of Children and Adolescents: A workshop for School Psychologists
      • 9 Jun 16
      • Psycho-Educational assessments can provide valuable information about the needs of children, especially those who are struggling with academic learning or appear to have other cognitive difficulties. Assessments usually aim to answer questions about whether the child presents with cognitive problems; what the nature and severity of these problems are; and what this means for the child in terms of learning, how he or she may be best supported, and what interventions should be planned.
        In this workshop, participants will examine the essential elements of a thorough psycho-educational assessment, and explore how this can provide a better understanding of a child’s difficulties, and assist in the planning of effective interventions. The major tests of intelligence, academic achievement and language skills will be discussed, along with measures of behaviour and emotional functioning.

        Presenter: Associate Professor Tim Hannan is a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist, who has been working with children and adolescents for 25 years. He is the Head of the School of Psychology at Charles Sturt University and was the Project Director for the 2003-06 Australian Standardisation Projects for the WISC-IV, WIAT-II and CELF-4. Tim has completed postgraduate degrees in clinical psychology, clinical neuropsychology, cognitive science, and sport psychology. A member of a number of APS Colleges, he has served terms as the National Chair of several of the Colleges including the APS College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists (2003-2005). He was elected to fellowship of the APS in 2008, to the Board of Directors in 2010, and served as APS President from 2012-2014.

        116AO Psych Ed Assessments of children

      • Writing Well-Constructed Sentences: Essential Teaching Strategies
      • 10 Jun 16
      • Many students struggle to get their thoughts down in writing and frequently these difficulties are compounded by inadequate oral and written expression skills at the sentence level.
        In this workshop, speech pathologist Jenny Baker will explore the components of a well-constructed sentence and describe a range of effective teaching strategies designed to improve both sentence and passage writing.

        Presenter: Jenny Baker is a speech pathologist who works at Fremantle Speech Pathology Services. She works exclusively with children and young adults who experience reading, writing and spelling difficulties. She has a passionate interest in devising explicit teaching tools to explain the rules and regulations governing the English language system so that children can “crack the code” no matter what level of text they are expected to deal with.

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