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The Dyscalculia Sessions - assessing, developing and instructing 2024105W

Apr 17, 2024 - Dec 31, 2024

$630 Enrol

Full course description

Register for the three dyscalculia sessions here or for each event separately.

Looking to register more than one person? Contact us at isLearn to arrange a group discount for your school.

Date and time

Wednesday 17 April 2024, 9.30 am to 11.30 am

Thursday 2 May 2024, 11.00 am to 1.00 pm

Monday 20 May 2024, 10.00 am to 12.00 pm

Delivery mode

Online – a Zoom link will be provided 24 hours prior to the event


Teacher, Leader


Session one:
In this webinar, participants will learn about the definition of dyscalculia and the indicators of dyscalculia. They will look at a variety of screening tools and receive a number of free tools that can be used with students of any age. They will also receive a list of accommodations that can be incorporated into any individual learning plan or school policy. The webinar includes video footage of students talking about their dyscalculia and being assessed, as well as an opportunity to analyse some work samples.

Session two:

This webinar will address two key deficits characteristic of dyscalculia: a lack of number sense and difficulty in recalling number facts. Participants will learn how to develop a student’s number sense and ability to do simple arithmetic with accuracy and fluency. They will see how they can use manipulatives to develop the recall of addition number facts upon which teaching of the other three operations can be based. Participants will be taken through activities that develop a student’s understanding and mathematical reasoning. They will look at programs designed specifically for students with dyscalculia and a range of resources that can support recall of number facts.

Session three:

This webinar moves beyond the development of number sense and number fact recall to the teaching of other components of the Number and Algebra strand including place value, decimals and fractions, money, patterns and algebra. Participants will learn how to use multisensory instruction to help students with dyscalculia to understand these concepts. They will also learn how to develop the problem-solving skills of students with dyscalculia. The webinar will introduce participants to a variety of resources, some of them free. The webinar includes footage of instruction as well as the opportunity to work collaboratively to develop activities for the teaching of indices.

Schools are required to make reasonable adjustments to meet the needs of students with disability and this includes dyscalculia.


Key takeaways

  • an understanding of dyscalculia
  • a knowledge of screening tools
  • a variety of accommodations to meet student needs.
  • an understanding of how to develop a student's number sense and ability to do simple arithmetic
  • a knowledge of programs designed specifically for students with dyscalculia
  • a range of resources which can support the recall of number facts.
  • an understanding of how to use multisensory instruction to help students understand components of number and algebra
  • an understanding of how to develop students’ problem-solving skills
  • a variety of resources. 


Presenter information

Shirley Houston

Shirley Houston is an educational consultant with over 35 years of teaching experience and a Masters degree in Special Education. She is a long-standing Board member of The Dyslexia-SPELD Foundation of Western Australia. Shirley has established a reputation as a caring, dynamic and innovative educator whose programs reflect both current research and a deep understanding of the needs of students with learning difficulties and disabilities. She has taught students in years K-12 at government, Catholic and Independent schools, in Australia and in America.


Link(s) to relevant VRQA Standards 

  • Curriculum and Student Learning – Monitoring and reporting on students’ performance

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