Practical Tools for Teaching and Supporting Students with Dyslexia and other Learning Difficulties

Presented by: Dear Dyslexia

Teacher PD Event Information: 6 Teacher PD Hours Per Day       

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The Dear Dyslexic Foundation is excited to be hosting an interactive workshop for teachers, support staff, parents and students. This workshop will provide participants with the tools and skills they need to help make the learning pathway easier for students, with dyslexia and other learning disabilities and difficulties, who are in upper secondary school or entering TAFE or University. It will increase participants understanding of how students, with learning difficulties, think and learn differently from neurotypical learners. This workshop will challenge participants mindsets as to how those with dyslexia and learning difficulties approach their learning.

International guest speaker and author, Sandra Hargreaves, will be facilitating this workshop with Dr Jacqueline Caskey from Dyslexic QLD and Dr Laura Dickinson from Deakin University. A range of topics will be covered throughout the day including:

• Students’ mental health and wellbeing

• Helping students to organise themselves and manage their study

• Helping students identify their thinking and learning style

• Maximising lectures

• Note taking and note making

• Reading Strategies

• Answering essay questions and structuring different writing genres

• Critical thinking

• Improving grammar, spelling and punctuation

• Improving Maths skills

• Revision and examination techniques

• Presentations and Collaborative learning

Event Details:


Friday 16th November, 2018

  9.30am - 3.30pm (Reg. from 8.30am)

Jasper Hotel
489 Elizabeth St, Melbourne

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  Target Audience - All secondary teachers, parents, support staff, Tafe and university students
  $299.00 (+GST) 

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About the Presenters

Sandra Hargreaves has been involved with education throughout her career. She was an English teacher and trained English teachers at Macquarie University. She has an MA and MEd from the University of Sydney. She has spent the last twenty years in the U.K., where she was Course Leader for the MA SpLD, the PGC: Teaching Adult Dyslexic Learners in Higher and Further Education and the PGDip in Assessment for SpLD (Dyslexia). She is also an editor of the book Study Skills For Students With Dyslexia, Support For Specific Learning Differences (Splds). In the Third Edition, 2016, she collaborated with Jamie Crabb, an assistive technology specialist, as joint editor.

Dr Jacque Caskey is a dyslexic PhD graduate, who works with adults with dyslexia in Queensland TAFE Colleges. Jacque is a specialist SPLD teacher with a Masters of Education and during her career has taught in both State High Schools and TAFE Colleges in Queensland. Jacque has experience firsthand as a student and will present as a dyslexic, providing the audience with specific learning strategies that may help others with dyslexia. Jacque, having gone through the challenges of being dyslexic and progressing through school and university at all levels, can bring her experiences to the workshop.

Dr Laura Dickinson is a fully qualified teacher who has worked in all sectors of education. She has a Bachelor of Education along with a PhD in education. Currently, Laura works as a Language and Learning Adviser at university and supports students with their study skills and academic literacy and works with students who have dyslexia. Laura presented a paper, Supporting students with dyslexia in higher education at the 2017 AALL conference. Her daughter also has dyslexia which has allowed her to develop an understanding of how dyslexia impacts people, both academically and emotionally. This session will help you recognise and understand how the stress from dyslexia may impact on your students’ learning and what you can do to support them.

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