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

      • Letters and Sounds 216AA
      • 7 Nov 16
      • The Letters and Sounds program effectively targets the development of oral language, reading, spelling and written expression in the early years in addition to providing an excellent structure for remediation in upper primary and beyond. It aligns with the achievement standards outline in the Australian Curriculum (English) and has been shown to significantly improve whole-school literacy outcomes.

        This two day interactive workshop provides teachers with a working knowledge of the six phases of Letters and Sounds from the oral language activities through to reading and writing fluency.

        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.

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        216AA Letters and Sounds

      • Dyslexia - Defining Features and Effective Strategies 216AB
      • 11 Nov 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.

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      • Talk for Writing 216AC
      • 17 Nov 16
      • 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 teachers of Kindergarten through to Year 6.

        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.

        Click on the link below to download the flyer:216AC Talk for Writing

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