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Understanding learning difficulties – supporting students with reading difficulties and dyslexia is a Course

Understanding learning difficulties – supporting students with reading difficulties and dyslexia

Starts Aug 31, 2020

$670 Enroll

Full course description

Date and time

Tuesday 1 September, 9.30 am to 3.30 pm


Independent Schools Victoria, 40 Rosslyn Street, West Melbourne


This learning event is right for you if you are an Individual Needs Coordinator, Literacy Coordinator, Teaching and Learning Leader, a Classroom or Subject Teacher or a support teacher


Reading difficulties can be understood from the perspective of how reading skills are usually learnt. While students may have reading difficulties for different reasons, dyslexia is one of the most common, and is often a misunderstood instructional challenge for teachers. Dyslexia is a language-based difficulty that affects the skills involved in the accurate and fluent reading of words. Teachers at all levels of education can play a vital role in both identifying students at risk and assisting students to achieve improved academic outcomes through the implementation of effective and evidence-based strategies.

This one-day program will provide practical ways of identifying ‘at risk’ students and assessing the specific nature of their difficulty. It will focus on teaching strategies that can be used to support a student’s learning, as well as ways of accurately monitoring their reading progress. The program will aim to promote best practice in schools and raise awareness of the need for schools to be ‘dyslexia friendly’.

While many students learn to read at expected levels and rates of learning, some students do not make expected progress despite teaching that has assisted their classmates. For these students to reach their potential, it is important that their individual learning needs in reading are identified and catered for.

Key Takeaways                

  • identification of evidence-based pedagogy
  • instructional options for different learner profiles
  • knowledge of the challenges encountered in supporting the learning needs of students with reading difficulties and consideration of possible solutions
  • shared ideas, strategies and information with teachers from other schools
  • relevant resources.

Presenter information

Liz Riley               

Liz Riley has a career spanning over 40 years in education, working in the areas of mainstream teaching, special education, inclusion and diversity, as well as school improvement and teacher capacity building. She has taught at primary, secondary and tertiary levels, within Victorian Independent, government and Catholic schools. Liz currently works as a private educational consultant offering professional service and support to schools, including reviews of individual needs departments and personalised professional learning programs, as well as providing assessment and program development for individual and cohorts of students.