Thank you for supporting DSF in 2016! We hope all of our members, clients, customers and students enjoy the festive season and are able to relax with family and friends. The DSF office will be closed from 4.00pm on Tuesday 20th December, 2016, and will re-open at 9.00am on Monday 16th January, 2017. Our administration team will however, be keeping an eye on telephone and email messages over the break so please feel free to contact DSF during this time.

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 Learning Difficulties… .…a practical guide 117C
      • 23 Jan 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.


      • Talk4Writing 2 Day Workshop 117A
      • 24 Jan 17
      • This two day workshop offers teachers an overview of the T4W approach and provides opportunities for hands-on participation in the steps of this exceptionally effective instructional approach. The workshop addresses the use of T4W for both fiction and non-fiction and covers:
        • Planning, both for a unit of work, based on instructional needs of students, and at a whole-school level;
        • The “Three I’s” – Imitation, Innovation and Invention – which are the basis of the T4W approach and which allow students to move from dependence to independence in their writing in a systematic, scaffolded way;
        • Providing effective feedback to students in order to promote skill development;
        • Accurate assessment of writing, in order to track student progress and guide teaching goals; and
        • Development of grammatical skills, with a focus on functional application of grammar in writing, through ‘warm-up’ games selected to meet specific instructional needs of students.
        This workshop is suitable for primary school teachers. We also offer a T4W Early Years workshop for Kindergarten and Pre-Primary teachers.

        Presenter: Emily Jackson, BSc (Speech Pathology) (Hons) CPSP. Emily is a Speech Pathologist at DSF Clinical and Literacy Services where she works assessing and treating children with articulation, language and literacy difficulties. She has training in the use of high-quality evidence-based programs to teach reading, spelling and written expression and currently uses T4W with groups of students needing support in written expression.

        To download the flyer please click on the link below:

      • Clever Kids - Student Support Group Yrs 7 & 8 EOI
      • 30 Jan 17
      • Research shows us that it is often not the severity of a learning difficulty that determines how a student will succeed but their level of adaptive functioning. In other words, when we examine what allows individuals with learning difficulties to be successful it is often related to taking control of the situation, choosing effective coping strategies and having positive thinking. Based on the program Success & Dyslexia students will be given the opportunity to develop these types of skills and strategies as part of their ‘Tool kit for life’.

        Participation in the group will also provide an opportunity for students to share their experiences with others, feel validated, acknowledged and supported. Parents are also invited to attend an information evening to learn more about the program and discuss their child’s individual needs.

        This is an Expression of Interest only. Interested parties will be contacted by one of the presenters to discuss the workshop and confirm if it is appropriate for their child’s needs.

        Psychologists: Katrina Farrant & Hannah Loedolff
        Katrina and Hannah are Psychologists at DSF Literacy and Clinical Services. They assess children, teenagers and adults struggling with the acquisition of effective literacy skills and recommend appropriate classroom-based and individual strategies. They also provide counselling for children and adults struggling with the impact of having a learning difficulty. Katrina and Hannah are passionate about empowering young people with learning difficulties to find their own solutions and develop positive coping strategies.

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