Success with Dyslexia

Learn how to help dyslexic students experience and acknowledge success through use of support strategies including assistive technology and resilience training.
Target Audience
This course is designed for upper primary and secondary teachers
34 reviews
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Learning Areas

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General Description

Many dyslexic students feel defined by what they cannot do. Every day they have to do things they find hard but others seem to find easy. This course aims to show upper primary and secondary teachers what they can do to help dyslexic students to experience and acknowledge success. It examines the indicators and impact of dyslexia and what Dyslexia Friendly Schools can do to minimise the impact. Participants will explore a range of support strategies, including the use of assistive technology. They will also learn about new research that shows that resilience is a greater predictor of dyslexic success than gains in academic skills. A resilience program designed for dyslexic students will be outlined.

Audience

This course is designed for upper primary and secondary teachers

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

Most TTA online courses are available with an Online Subscription. For a little more than the price of one course, you can gain up to 20 PD hours per year. Learn more HERE.

A normal online course is delivered over 1-12 weeks and is worth from 3-12 PDhrs depending on the course content and its objectives. Participants will not need to take time off, the course date is the START date only, end dates will be advertised with course hours.

The online format gives participants skills and time to:

  • identify strengths and weaknesses of the dyslexics in their workplace
  • identify strengths and weaknesses of their workplace in provision for dyslexics
  • trial/implement support strategies designed to increase success
  • discuss the success of the trial/implementation with other participants and the presenter in Forums

Getting Online


Please note that this is an Online learning format and we use the platform Open Learning. You have 5 weeks to complete the course and can do at your own pace within the start and end dates (advertised). There are no set times where you have to attend any webinars etc, everything you need will be within the Open Learning Platform. If you have any problems navigating Open Learning please contact admin@tta.edu.au, we will do anything we can to assist you.


This course contributes to 6.0 professional development hours.

Occurrences

There are no occurrences of Online - Individual in Australia (ACT) at this time.

Sessions

Defining dyslexia

15 minutes

Presentation of a working definition of dyslexia. Participants watch a video explaining the dyslexic brain and are encouraged
to share in Forum 1 questions they have about dyslexia and dyslexic students.

Indicators and Impact

1 hour

Participants read a list of indicators of dyslexia and tick those seen in a dyslexic individual they would like to support. They identify hurdles these are likely to create in their Area. Working with a partner, they undertake a simulation activity that gives some insight into the psychological/emotional impact of dyslexia. Participants will watch a video in which dyslexics talk about how it feels to be dyslexic. They read a list of common strengths of dyslexics then watch a video on ‘The Dyslexic Advantage’. In Forum 2, participants discuss observations about the impact of dyslexia.

Dyslexia Friendly Schools/Workplaces

1 hour

Participants read about the BDA Dyslexia Friendly accreditation. They conduct a private audit of their school/workplace, filling out a detailed form. They set two targets for their school/workplace. They go to a website to read through a sample policy and provision plan. They look at websites/videos showing what is being done at some schools/workplaces. In Forum 3, participants share observations about policy and provision.

Support Strategies

1 hour

Participants read about physical modifications, task modifications, instructional strategies and assessment strategies. They watch videos on dyslexia-friendly fonts and a number of strategies. They highlight support strategies already implemented in one colour and strategies they intend to implement in another. They trial at least 2 strategies. In Forum 4 they share support strategies that they have found to be effective.

Using Assistive Technology

1 hour

Participants read about and access links to information about/videos of a variety of assistive technologies that can be helpful to a dyslexic individual. They identify the technologies that could practically be used in their setting. In Forum 5 they share experiences with use of at least one piece of technology.

Resilience and Self-Advocacy

1 hour

Participants will read about research showing that resilience is a greater predictor of dyslexic success than gains in academic skills. They will look at some sample lessons from a program designed to develop resilience in dyslexic students. They will watch video footage of the program in action. In Forum 6 they will share elements of the program they feel they could use in their setting.

On The Road To Success

45 minutes

In this session participants have a choice of creating an action plan for achievement of the goals they selected for their workplace using a template provided OR reading a case study and writing up an IEP for the dyslexic student.
In Forum 7, participants share how they could put the case study student or an individual they work with in their workplace ‘on the road to success’.

User Rating

4.6

Latest Reviews

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Success with Dyslexia
by Morgan O'Neill on 07/07/2017

Great course. I gained a huge amount of insight into dyslexia (and learners in general), and lots of practical tips that I can take in to the classroom to benefit all of my students, and especially those with dyslexia.

Success with Dyslexia
by Tineke Condon Palmer on 15/06/2017

This course got me thinking about how all our students learn and the different types of learners in our rooms.

The challenges and advantages our dyslexic learners have and how we can make learning more engaging for them.
The course gave me techniques and tools I can use to help with the skills that dyslexic students need more support with.

Success with Dyslexia
by Catherine Scott on 13/06/2017

I would like to say how helpful and enlightening this course was for me.
I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to be a part of this
course.
Thank you.

Success With Dyslexia
11/01/2017

The course provided an excellent introduction to the definition of
dyslexia and provided practical activities to implement learning. The
use of comment boards allowed for greater engagement and learning
between peers.

Success with Dyslexia
by Dawud Ilham on 29/12/2016

Very relevant to address student needs

Success with Dyslexia
by Louella Evans on 05/12/2016

A thorough and informative course filled with resources, knowledge and ideas on helping dyslexic students.

Success with Dyslexia
by Rachael Bryant on 14/09/2016

It was informative and useful for a general overview or introduction to Dyslexia.

Success with Dyslexia
by Debbie Price on 30/08/2016

Very informative, with lots of extra resources to view at later stages. I felt that the professional hours accredited to this course were in fact much less than the time spent reading/viewing and then responding to the activities. I’m sure if you attended the face to face course much information and activities undertaken would have been presented in a much quicker manner. I certainly spent more than 6 hours.

Success with Dyslexia
by Stephanie Ruggiero on 30/08/2016

Very insightful course. Shirley was a great facilitator – there to answer queries and pose pensive questions.

Success with Dyslexia
by Lamia Boulos on 30/08/2016

Thank you for the opportunity the course Success with Dyslexia . It gave me the ability to learn more about Dyslexia and together with the exceptional learning support team implement effective and explicit instructions and strategies to ensure children with Dyslexia develop towards their fullest potential.We will also continue to use Read and Write Gold and look into other programs that will aid the process.

Success with Dyslexia
by Christine Hansen on 24/06/2016

This was a very comprehensive course that was extremely well put together The presenter, Shirley Houston, gave lots of feedback in a timely manner and took a genuine interest in the participants’ comments. The activities were relevant and easily replicable. The resources were excellent and the presenter was first-rate.

Success with Dyslexia
by Vanessa Sullivan on 20/06/2016

Very informative and practical tips for use in the classroom and at home. Highly recommend this course to all teachers.

Success with Dyslexia
by Angela Ryan on 19/06/2016

Really enjoyed doing the Success with Dyslexia course. Have learned a lot of great strategies that i am very keen to try with the students.

Success with Dyslexia
by Elizabeth Duim on 22/03/2016

I thoroughly enjoyed the course, I have shared the sites and videos with admin staff, parents and other teachers. It has certainly changed the way I approach all student’s learning but focusing on students who may face challenges in order to meet the expected level.

Success with Dyslexia
by Stuart Walsh on 16/03/2016

I found the course helped me as a Dyslexic and gave me ways of helping others. It was intensive but very well put together with all material relevant.

Success with Dyslexia
by Patricia Fiedler on 18/01/2016

I loved doing this course and learnt so much from it.

Success with Dyslexia
28/09/2015

The course was very professional, well-structured and coherent. I enjoyed doing it very much. I do think, however, that it was too long.


About the team


Shirley Houston

Creator

Shirley has a Masters degree in Special Education and has been teaching in the area of Special Needs for 30 years. She has taught in government and independent schools, primary and secondary, universities and TAFE. Shirley has also taught in several states of Australia and in the U.S. Her particular interests are specific learning difficulties, early childhood, education of young gifted children and literacy. She loves travel, reading and music.