Success with Dyslexia

Shirley Houston
Promoting a sound start to learning
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
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Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

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

24/7 lifetime course access


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Teaching Standards

1.1.2 Proficient Level – Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students
1.2.2 Proficient Level – Understand how students learn
1.3.2 Proficient Level – Students with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds
1.5.2 Proficient Level – Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities
1.6.2 Proficient Level – Strategies to support full participation of students with disability
2.5.2 Proficient Level – Literacy and numeracy strategies
2.6.2 Proficient Level – Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
3.2.2 Proficient Level – Plan, structure and sequence learning programs
3.3.2 Proficient Level – Use teaching strategies
3.4.2 Proficient Level – Select and use resources

Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you

Completing this course will contribute 6 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 1.1.2, 1.2.2, 1.3.2, 1.5.2, 1.6.2, 2.5.2, 2.6.2, 3.2.2, 3.3.2 & 3.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

TTA (Teacher Training Australia) is endorsed to provide the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient and Lead Level Teacher.


This course contributes to 6.0 professional development hours.

Occurrences

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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 - Shirley Houston
05/12/2019

Very relevant to me as high school teacher.
Very infornmtive and helpful

Success with Dyslexia - Shirley Houston
05/12/2019

Excellent resources

Success with Dyslexia - Shirley Houston
05/12/2019

This course was highly informative with relevant resources to help teachers within the classroom.

Success with Dyslexia - Shirley Houston
05/12/2019

A fantastic course; informative, with detailed resources and solutions to help those students with dyslexia get the most from their schooling.

Success with Dyslexia - Shirley Houston
05/12/2019

I have a much better understanding of dyslexia.

Success with Dyslexia - Shirley Houston
05/12/2019

Clear and well explained

Success with Dyslexia - Shirley Houston
02/09/2019

Really detailed and relevant

Success with Dyslexia - Shirley Houston
02/09/2019

I thoroughly enjoyed this course.  It gave just enough background to help me understand without going ‘over the top’.  The amount of strategies recommended to assist dyslexic students in the classroom was amazing.  I will definitely implement many of these in the classroom.  The course also helped me realise that we do not have a whole school school approach, so I will be looking further into that in the future. ,  are we doing enough

Success with Dyslexia - Shirley Houston
02/09/2019

excellent

Success with Dyslexia - Shirley Houston
02/09/2019

Even though it was described as for upper primary and secondary, I found it very interesting, informative and helpful with my dyslexic student in year 2. This course was identified as being for Upper Primary and Secondary. As a teacher of a year 2 dyslexic student, I decided to enrol anyway, as I thought that there could be things relevant to all dyslexic students. I am so glad I did, as I found the whole course to be interesting, informative and relevant to the needs of myself as a teacher, but also to how I can support my dyslexic student to help him identify his strengths and difficulties and build up his resilience. - Kathy -

Success with Dyslexia - Shirley Houston
22/12/2018

Student in my class with Dyslexia

Success with Dyslexia - Shirley Houston
22/12/2018

Very good quality and very relevant

Success with Dyslexia - Shirley Houston
22/12/2018

Excellent. Great mix of resources and excellent links to learn more and inform fellow staff

Success with Dyslexia - Shirley Houston
22/12/2018

I loved the diversity of resources and the provision of where to study next and how to expand my knowledge beyond this course

Success with Dyslexia - Shirley Houston
22/12/2018

The information this course provided me with and gave me access to regarding dyslexia was highly relevant and gave me a very good insight into the topic. The additional resources such as references to websites, video clips and TeD Talks were excellent.

Success with Dyslexia - Shirley Houston
22/12/2018

The course was very informative but I felt rather than having promotional videos of products available I would have appreciated knowing the experiences of people using the equipment or programs and which would be considered the most beneficial.
Also free products would be helpful for students/schools that can’t afford access to all that is available.

Success with Dyslexia - Shirley Houston
22/12/2018

This course was very detailed and heavy in content. Some sections were not very practical in it’s application in the classroom. Module 5 was the only useful module that really supplied the information that I needed.

Success with Dyslexia
by Richelle Hatton on 24/01/2018
I enjoyed the beginning of the course and the information about what dyslexia actually is. I felt the course had too much content for a “one day” course and went in directions I didn’t find relevant. I was hoping for more strategies for how to help those with dyslexia. I believe this is in a different course??
Success with Dyslexia
by Rachel Hennig on 24/01/2018

Shirley was very responsive to any questions or comments made throughout the online course.The course had a fabulous variety of learning materials from written text to visuals (diagrams) to You Tube clips. I found this very engaging.
The course built upon knowledge in small, manageable increments.
There was a good variety of tasks. The information was heavily research-based so you were confident that the information you were learning was current and meaningful.

Success with Dyslexia
by Heidi Court on 19/12/2017

I found the course to be super informative. I learnt a lot about Dyslexia and learnt about many strategies and resources that will be useful for all students. Shirley was very knowledgable, encouraging, and provided all course members with thorough feedback.


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.