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
36 reviews

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.


This course is designed for upper primary and secondary teachers

Available Delivery Formats

This course contributes to 6.5 professional development hours.


There are no occurrences of Face to Face - Individual in Australia (WA) at this time.


Defining Dyslexia

10 minutes

Presentation of a working definition of dyslexia for the day. Participants encouraged to write down questions they have about dyslexia and dyslexic students

Indicators and Impact

40 minutes

With a partner, participants create a list of indicators of dyslexia under headings provided then share with group.
Participants move into subject/interest groups to discuss the impact of relevant indicators in their Learning Area. Interest groups report back and common barriers to success are listed

Dyslexia Friendly Schools

40 minutes

Features from overseas accredited Dyslexia Friendly Schools are presented and teachers encouraged to assess their school in terms of the standards

Morning tea

30 minutes


Support Strategies

45 minutes

Participants are invited to share strategies working in their school under headings provided

Dyslexia in 2012 - using assistive technology

45 minutes

Presentation on and opportunity to look at some assistive technology that increases the likelihood of success in typical areas of weakness for dyslexics


45 minutes


Resilience and self-advocacy

40 minutes

Presentation of research showing that resilience is a greater predictor of dyslexic success than gains in academic skills. Participants have the opportunity to take part in some of the activities from a program designed to develop dyslexic resilience

On the Road to Success

50 minutes

Participants discuss action they or their school can take to create a dyslexia-friendly school and increase experiences of success for dyslexic students.

Question time

15 minutes

Participants have the opportunity to ask any questions not already answered in the presentation.

What To Bring

School policy on support of dyslexic students, if there is one

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Success with Dyslexia

Very well structured and full of valuable information and strategies.

Success with Dyslexia

Very informative. Plenty of ideas to assist children who struggle with Dyslexia.

Success with Dyslexia

Great practical advice and strategies offered. Really useful to not just hear theory, but also resources which are out there that I can use.


Vast amounts of information that once digested will be fab. I would have like to ‘do’ more but the things we did were great.


Very engaging presentation with a lot of useful information.


Small number in group allowed Shirley to address our school/students particular issues. Great interaction. Clear and informative.

Renita Wagenaar
by Renita Wagenaar on 07/06/2013

A highly experienced presenter. It was great to tap into Shirley’s knowledge and range of resources. Enjoyed having a small group setting.


Able to view the range of assertive technology gave me a direction to go in for some very specific students.


A good cross-section of information. Disappointing that the videos were unable to be full screen.

Jane O'Reilly
by Jane O'Reilly on 07/06/2013

Excellent overview of Dyslexia and the tools that can assist children.


I would like more case studies (1 high school/primary) or examples (e.g. video) of a strategy being put to use. Perhaps a more ‘hands on’ opportunity to try some of the strategies – so having a chance to apply it.

Catharine Hughes
by Catharine Hughes on 07/06/2013

A detailed overview of Dyslexia and introduction to the “Success w/ Dyslexia” resilience program.

by Vicki-Maree Brimmell on 06/11/2012

Great strategies – very practical


Informative, very easy to follow with great practical advice, very helpful

About the team

Shirley Houston


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.