SPELD SA Parent Workshops

SPELD SA provides free or low cost workshops to parents during the year to support families in understanding specific learning difficulties. Parents are welcome to attend all SPELD SA workshops, however the following have been provided with parents in mind.

Ring the office on 8431 1655 to book a workshop and download a booking form

Workshops are held at the SPELD SA office, 298 Portrush Road, Kensington, unless otherwise stated.

Term 1, 2018

Four-day Sounds-Write Conference: Ref 100118

Registration: Wed 10th Jan, 8:30am

Conference: 9.00am - 3.00pm, Wed 10th - Sat 13th Jan

Location: SPELD SA

Presenter: Lisa Watts, M. Educational & Developmental Psychology, Dip. Ed.

Sounds-Write is an evidence-based phonics program utilising an exciting and highly successful approach to the teaching of reading, spelling, and writing.

This four-day intensive course offers an instructional method that is structured, cumulative, sequential, and explicit; all of which are strongly recommended for teaching children to read and spell. It places emphasis on providing practice that is grounded in physical, concrete experience of the skills and conceptual understanding that students need to assimilate.

Cost: $800, $735 for SPELD SA members and full-time students. Morning tea and lunch will be provided.

Download registration form

 

What SPELD SA does and practical things you can do to help people with specific learning difficulties: Ref 220118

Mon 22nd Jan, 10.00am - 12.00pm, SPELD SA

Presenter: Sandy Russo, Director, SPELD SA

Come and find out about what SPELD SA does, how to navigate around our website, learn about the free resources we create and get some practical tips and strategies you can use with any students that have specific learning difficulties. For new tutors, teachers, parents, SSOs and other interested people.

No charge – Please phone to book a place.

 

Phonemic Awareness: What it is and what you need to know: Ref 120218

Mon 12th Feb, 7.00pm - 9.00pm, SPELD SA

Presenter: Sandy Russo, Director, SPELD SA

In this session we explore what phonemic awareness is and why it is so important for the development of reading and spelling. How can you teach students with phonological processing difficulties how to hear the sounds in words? A hands-on practical look at what we know about the sounds in words and programs that can help you teach phonological awareness in all year levels.

Cost: $90, $75 for SPELD SA members, $25 for full-time students.

 

Information Evening for Parents: Dyslexia, what it is and how to help: Ref 060318

Tues 6th Mar, 7.00pm - 9.00pm, SPELD SA

Presenter: Sandy Russo, Director, SPELD SA

This session looks at the problems encountered by students with dyslexia and the ways in which they can be helped.

No charge – Please phone to book a place.

 

Spelling - an X-ray view of words: Ref 070318

Wed 7th Mar, 7.00pm - 9.30pm, SPELD SA

Presenter: Jan Polkinghorne, accredited Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar trainer

This workshop looks at a systematic approach to teaching spelling conventions and generalisations, which will enable students to apply knowledge to an ever-increasing number of words.

Cost: $95, $75 for SPELD SA members, $35 for full-time students.

 

Toe by Toe workshop: Ref 130318am

Tues 13th Mar, 10.00am - 12.00am, SPELD SA

Presenter: Frank Cowling, Managing Director of Toe by Toe

This session demonstrates best practice in the use of Keda Cowling's Toe by Toe reading scheme, and aims to provide a fuller understanding of the difficulties faced by struggling readers when they come up against the idiosyncrasies of written English.

Cost: $10; morning tea will be provided.

 

Teaching a child (4, 5, and 6 years old) to read and write: Ref 130318pm

Tues 13th Mar, 7.00pm - 8.30pm, SPELD SA

Presenter: Frances Scobie, JP teacher & accredited Jolly Phonics trainer

This session will show parents how they can help their children develop the foundation skills for reading and writing and demonstrate a range of activities that can be incorporated into a 5 minute-a- day holiday program/daily routine. 

No charge – Please phone to book a place.

 

Developing Essential Blending Skills: Ref 140318

Wed 14th Mar, 7.00pm - 9.00pm, SPELD SA

Presenter: Jan Polkinghorne, accredited Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar trainer

Blending is one of the essential components that determines how effective Jolly Phonics can be, yet it is frequently the part teachers struggle to implement effectively in the classroom. This session offers a step-by-step run-through of how to teach blending, working through the various stages, followed by demonstration and participation in a series of practical blending activities.

Cost: $90, $70 for SPELD SA members, $25 for full-time students.

 

Software Sampler - Try before you buy: Ref 170318

Sat 17th Mar, 10.00am - 12.00pm, SPELD SA

Presenter: Sandy Russo, Director, SPELD SA

Come and look at some of the best assistive and remedial software for students (all ages) who have difficulties in literacy and numeracy, such as: Dragon Naturally Speaking, TextHELP, Textease, Wordshark, Numbershark, Fitzroy Readers, and selected free programs.
Pleaes book early!
 

Cost: $90, $75 for SPELD SA members, $25 for full-time students.

 

Making Independent writers of students with working memory problems: Ref 190318

Mon 19th Mar, 7.00pm - 9.00pm, SPELD SA

Presenter: Sandy Russo, Director, SPELD SA

This session looks at how, from an early age, such children can become independent writers, using tools such as Audacity, to plan and record ideas, simple mind mapping techniques, multisensory strategies to help them hear sounds in words and word prediction programs such as Word Q4 to expand their written vocabulary.

Cost: $90, $75 for SPELD SA members, $25 for full-time students.

 

Four-day Sounds-Write Conference: Ref 160418

Registration: Mon 16th Apr, 8:30am

Conference: 9.00am - 3.00pm, Mon 16th - Thurs 19th Apr

Location: Immanuel College, Novar Gardens

Presenter: Kim Bloor, Educational & Developmental Psychologist

Sounds-Write is an evidence-based phonics program utilising an exciting and highly successful approach to the teaching of reading, spelling, and writing.

This four-day intensive course offers an instructional method that is structured, cumulative, sequential, and explicit; all of which are strongly recommended for teaching children to read and spell. It places emphasis on providing practice that is grounded in physical, concrete experience of the skills and conceptual understanding that students need to assimilate.

Cost: $800, $735 for SPELD SA members and full-time students. Morning tea and lunch will be provided.

Term 2, 2018

Dyslexia and other learning disorders: Introductory Seminar: Ref 020518

Wed 2nd May, 7.00 - 9.00pm, SPELD SA

Presenter: Sandy Russo, Director, SPELD SA

This seminar provides information about different learning and behavioural disorders. There is a particular focus on dyslexia.
For new tutors, teachers, parents, SSOs and other interested people.

Cost: $70, $50 for SPELD SA members, $15 for tutors and full-time students.

 

Information Evening for parents: Dyslexia, what it is and how to help: Ref 140518

Mon 14th May, 7.00 - 9.00pm

Presenter: Sandy Russo, Director, SPELD SA

This session looks at the problems encountered by students with dyslexia and the ways in which they can be helped.

No charge – Please phone to book a place.

 

Teaching a child (4-6 years old) to read and write: Parent Session: Ref 150518

Tues 15th May, 10.00 - 11.30am, SPELD SA

Presenter: Frances Scobie, Tutor Coordinator & Accredited Jolly Phonics Trainer

This session will show parents how they can help their children develop the foundation skills for reading and writing and demonstrate a range of activities that can be incorporated into a 5 minute-a- day holiday program/daily routine. 

No charge – Please phone to book a place.

 

What SPELD SA does and practical things you can do to help people with specific learning difficulties: Ref 160518

Wed 16th May, 7.00 - 9.00pm, SPELD SA

Presenter: Sandy Russo, Director, SPELD SA

Come and find out about what SPELD SA does, how to navigate around our website, learn about the free resources we create and get some practical tips and strategies you can use with any students that have specific learning difficulties. For new tutors, teachers, parents, SSOs and other interested people.

No charge – Please phone to book a place.

 

How to teach spelling rules using the School Start Spelling Case: Ref 190518

Sat 19th May, 9.30am - 12.30pm, SPELD SA

Presenter: Sharona Edwards, Teacher and Literacy Coach

The School Start program provides a hands-on way to improve students' spelling strategies, helping them understand words better. We'll demonstrate how each student can use their very own School Start Spelling Case to grasp a range of spelling rules.

Cost: $95, $75 for SPELD SA members, $35 for full-time students.

 

Software Sampler - Try before you buy: Ref 080618

Fri 8th Jun, 1.30 - 3.30pm, SPELD SA

Presenter: Sandy Russo, Director, SPELD SA

Come and look at some of the best assistive and remedial software for students (all ages) who have difficulties in literacy and numeracy, such as: Dragon Naturally Speaking, TextHELP, Textease, Wordshark, Numbershark, Fitzroy Readers, and selected free programs.
Pleaes book early!
 

Cost: $90, $75 for SPELD SA members, $25 for full-time students.

 

Term 3, 2018

Dyslexia and other learning disorders: Introductory Seminar: Ref 010818

Wed 1st Aug, 7.00 - 9.00pm, SPELD SA

Presenter: Sandy Russo, Director, SPELD SA

This seminar provides information about different learning and behavioural disorders. There is a particular focus on dyslexia.
For new tutors, teachers, parents, SSOs and other interested people.

Cost: $70, $50 for SPELD SA members, $15 for tutors and full-time students.

 
Phonemic Awareness: What it is and what you need to know: Ref 130818

Mon 13th Aug, 7.00pm - 9.00pm, SPELD SA

Presenter: Sandy Russo, Director, SPELD SA

In this session we explore what phonemic awareness is and why it is so important for the development of reading and spelling. How can you teach students with phonological processing difficulties how to hear the sounds in words? A hands-on practical look at what we know about the sounds in words and programs that can help you teach phonological awareness in all year levels.

Cost: $90, $75 for SPELD SA members, $25 for full-time students.

 

Information Evening for Parents: Dyslexia, what it is and how to help: Ref 200818

Mon 20th Aug, 7.00pm - 9.00pm, SPELD SA

Presenter: Sandy Russo, Director, SPELD SA

This session looks at the problems encountered by students with dyslexia and the ways in which they can be helped.

No charge – Please phone to book a place.

 

Developing Essential Blending Skills: Ref 230818

Thurs 23rd Aug, 7.00pm - 9.00pm, SPELD SA

Presenter: Jan Polkinghorne, accredited Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar trainer

Blending is one of the essential components that determines how effective Jolly Phonics can be, yet it is frequently the part teachers struggle to implement effectively in the classroom. This session offers a step-by-step run-through of how to teach blending, working through the various stages, followed by demonstration and participation in a series of practical blending activities.

Cost: $90, $70 for SPELD SA members, $25 for full-time students.

 

Software Sampler - Try before you buy: Ref 240818

Fri 24th Aug, 1.30 - 3.30pm, SPELD SA

Presenter: Sandy Russo, Director, SPELD SA

Come and look at some of the best assistive and remedial software for students (all ages) who have difficulties in literacy and numeracy, such as: Dragon Naturally Speaking, TextHELP, Textease, Wordshark, Numbershark, Fitzroy Readers, and selected free programs.
Pleaes book early!
 

Cost: $90, $75 for SPELD SA members, $25 for full-time students.

 

Teaching a child (4-6 years old) to read and write: Parent Session: Ref 280818

Tues 28th Aug, 10.00 - 11.30am, SPELD SA

Presenter: Frances Scobie, Tutor Coordinator & Accredited Jolly Phonics Trainer

This session will show parents how they can help their children develop the foundation skills for reading and writing and demonstrate a range of activities that can be incorporated into a 5 minute-a- day holiday program/daily routine. 

No charge – Please phone to book a place.

Term 4, 2018

Dyslexia and other learning disorders: Introductory Seminar: Ref 061018

Tues 6th Oct, 7.00 - 9.00pm, SPELD SA

Presenter: Sandy Russo, Director, SPELD SA

This seminar provides information about different learning and behavioural disorders. There is a particular focus on dyslexia.
For new tutors, teachers, parents, SSOs and other interested people.

Cost: $70, $50 for SPELD SA members, $15 for tutors and full-time students.

 

Making Independent writers of students with working memory problems: Ref 221018

Mon 22nd Oct, 7.00pm - 9.00pm, SPELD SA

Presenter: Sandy Russo, Director, SPELD SA

This session looks at how, from an early age, such children can become independent writers, using tools such as Audacity, to plan and record ideas, simple mind mapping techniques, multisensory strategies to help them hear sounds in words and word prediction programs such as Word Q4 to expand their written vocabulary.

Cost: $90, $75 for SPELD SA members, $25 for full-time students.

 

Information Evening for Parents: Dyslexia, what it is and how to help: Ref 301018

Tues 30th Oct, 7.00pm - 9.00pm, SPELD SA

Presenter: Sandy Russo, Director, SPELD SA

This session looks at the problems encountered by students with dyslexia and the ways in which they can be helped.

No charge – Please phone to book a place.

 

The Spelling Rules Program: Ref 031118

Sat 3rd Nov, 9.30am - 12.30pm, SPELD SA

Presenter: Sharona Edwards, Teacher and literach coach

The Spelling Rules Program can be used with children as young as six, right up to adults who do not feel confident with spelling. In fact, it is an excellent way to provide support to anyone who struggles with spelling.

The program involves every participant using their own Spelling Case (a case that has magnetic letters, whiteboards, marker, and eraser). It is designed fo ra teacher/leader to use with a large group of students, or just with one person. It is also possible for adults to use the program to teach themselves how to use spelling rules.

Cost: $95, $75 for SPELD SA Members, $35 for full-time students

 

Teaching a child (4, 5, and 6 years old) to read and write: Ref 061118

Tues 6th Nov, 7.00pm - 8.30pm, SPELD SA

Presenter: Frances Scobie, JP teacher & accredited Jolly Phonics trainer

This session will show parents how they can help their children develop the foundation skills for reading and writing and demonstrate a range of activities that can be incorporated into a 5 minute-a- day holiday program/daily routine. 

No charge – Please phone to book a place.

 

Software Sampler - Try before you buy: Ref 291118

Thurs 29th Nov, 10.00am - 12.00pm, SPELD SA

Presenter: Sandy Russo, Director, SPELD SA

Come and look at some of the best assistive and remedial software for students (all ages) who have difficulties in literacy and numeracy, such as: Dragon Naturally Speaking, TextHELP, Textease, Wordshark, Numbershark, Fitzroy Readers, and selected free programs.
Pleaes book early!
 

Cost: $90, $75 for SPELD SA members, $25 for full-time students.

 

What SPELD SA does and practical things you can do to help people with specific learning difficulties: Ref 031218

Mon 3rd Dec, 10.00am - 12.00pm, SPELD SA

Presenter: Sandy Russo, Director, SPELD SA

Come and find out about what SPELD SA does, how to navigate around our website, learn about the free resources we create and get some practical tips and strategies you can use with any students that have specific learning difficulties. For new tutors, teachers, parents, SSOs and other interested people.

No charge – Please phone to book a place.

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