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 216S
      • 3 Oct 16
      • 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 which is highly recommended for teaching all children to read and spell. It places emphasis on giving practice that is grounded in physical, concrete experience of the ideas and conceptual understanding the students need to assimilate. Sounds-Write is developmentally appropriate for beginning readers in Pre-Primary, Year 1 and Year 2, and also offers fast and highly effective intervention for children at all levels who have fallen behind in their reading and spelling from Year 4 onwards.

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

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        216S Sounds-Write

      • South Gippsland - Understanding Learning Difficulties - A Parent Guide
      • 6 Oct 16
      • DSF is pleased to announce the publication of a new guide for parents that has been specifically developed to answer many of the questions raised by parents about learning difficulties.
        The Guide examines the identifying features of learning disorders, identification and diagnosis, successful intervention programs and the parent’s role in supporting children and young adults with learning difficulties.
        Please join us half an hour before the starting time for coffee and cake. The session will run for 1½ hours, with a further 30 minutes afterwards for additional questions.

        Mandy Nayton is the Executive Officer of DSF Literacy and Clinical Services. She is an educational and development psychologist and qualified teacher with extensive experience in the field of literacy education. She is also an Adjunct Research Fellow at Curtain University’s School of Psychology and Speech Pathology is the current President of AUSPELD and was the 2014 recipient of the LDA Mona Tobias Award for her outstanding contribution to the field of learning difficulties in Australia.

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      • South Gippsland - Understanding Learning Difficulties
      • 7 Oct 16
      • In this practical full-day workshop the AUSPELD Understanding 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.

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