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, 2019

Supporting Success in High School: Ref 050219

Tues 5th Feb, 10.00am - 12.00pm, SPELD SA

Presenter: Kerry Williams, Teaching & Education, SPELD SA

This workshop will introduce parents to strategies for supporting their child with learning difficulties. This will include choosing an appropriate school, advocating for their child, attending personalised learning plan meetings, utilising technology and assisting with homework.
 

Cost: $30, $20 for SPELD SA members.

 

Phonological Awareness: Ref 120219

Thurs 29th Nov, 5.00 - 7.00pm, SPELD SA

Presenter: Sandy Russo, Director, SPELD SA

Phonological awareness, a crucial precursor to reading, requires explicit teaching, daily exposure and practice. This hands-on workshop examines phonological awareness and its underlying relationship to and importance in the development of literacy (reading, spelling and writing).
 
Cost: $90, $70 for SPELD SA members, $35 for full-time students.
 
Information Evening for Parents: Dyslexia, what it is and how to help: Ref 050319

Tues 5th Mar, 7.00 - 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 assisted.
No charge – Please phone to book a place.
 
Listening to a Child Read: Ref 060319

Wed 6th Mar, 7.00 - 8.30pm, SPELD SA

Presenter: Frances Scobie, Jolly Phonics Trainer

Reading is the foundation skill which underpins all areas of learning. As a parent you can help your child develop confidence and fluency by applying strategies which address issues such as poor blending skills, as well as guessing, omitting or misreading words. This hands-on workshop demonstrates why some reading texts are more suitable than others and how to structure short, efficient sessions which foster engagement and success.
Cost: $30, $20 for SPELD SA Members.
Teaching a Child to Read and Write: Ref 120319

Tues 12th Mar, 7.00 - 8.30pm, SPELD SA

Presenter: Frances Scobie, Jolly Phonics Trainer

This hands-on workshop shows parents how they can help their children develop strong foundation skills for reading and writing. Participants take part in a range of engaging activities that can be incorporated into a 10-minute-a-day routine at home.

No charge - please phone to book a place!

Developing Essential Blending Skills: Ref 130319

Wed 13th Mar, 7.00 - 9.00pm, SPELD SA

Presenter: Jan Polkinghorne, Jolly Phonics 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, $75 for SPELD SA members, $35 for full-time students.

Software Sampler Session: Ref 160319

Sat 16th 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.
Please book early!

Cost: $90, $75 for SPELD SA members, $35 for full-time students.

 
Making Independent Writers of Students with Working Memory problems: Ref 180319

Mon 18th Mar, 7.00 - 9.00pm, SPELD SA

Presenter: Sandy Russo, Director, SPELD SA

This session looks at how, from an early age, 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, $35 for full-time students.
Self-Esteem and Resilience: Ref 190319

Tues 19th Mar, 5.00 - 7.00pm, SPELD SA

Presenter: Jan Daly, Special Education Consultant

Brain research clearly shows that negative emotions, such as anxiety, anger and depression, place us in a state of alert - fight or flight – hindering us from learning. We all need to be comfortable, relaxed and confident to focus and learn.

This practical workshop through the use of a range of interactive activities provides participants with the means to equip children with the strategies to develop positive self-esteem, resilience and a growth mindset.

Cost: $90, $75 for SPELD SA members, $35 for full-time students.

Making Sense of Number: Ref 020419

Tues 2nd Apr, 5.00 - 7.00pm, SPELD SA

Presenter: Jan Daly, Special Education Consultant

This practical workshop examines pretesting approaches to determine children's underlying knowledge and strategies and subsequently programming to support learning and fill any gaps.

Attendees will both look at explicit teaching and praticipate in hands-on activities using concrete materials, games, and cards to assist mastery of basic number skills, including counting, one-to-one correspondence, substituting, number patterns, place value, and reading and writing numbers.

Ideas as to the integration of number learning in daily life activities and tasks will be incorporated throughout the workshop.

Cost: $90, $75 for SPELD SA members, $35 for full-time students.

Handwriting through Fun! Ref 090419

Tues 9th Apr, 5.00 - 7.00pm, SPELD SA

Presenter: TBA

This practical workshop examines the characteristics of and issues relating to hand-function, pre-writing skills, fine motor coordination, upper-body tone and handwriting skill development.

Participants will explore engaging and research-based strategies to assist children develop natural automaticity of legible handwriting, and develop the key structure of a practical engaging handwriting program, looking at how the crucial practice can be enjoyable for children/students.

Cost: $90, $75 for SPELD SA members, $35 for full-time students.

Term 2, 2019

Teaching a Child to Read and Write: Ref 140519

Tues 14th May, 10.00am - 11.30am, SPELD SA

Presenter: Frances Scobie, Jolly Phonics Trainer

This hands-on workshop shows parents how they can help their children develop strong foundation skills for reading and writing. Participants take part in a range of engaging activities that can be incorporated into a 10-minute-a-day routine at home.
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 031218

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

Presenter: Jacqui Edwards, Teaching & Education, 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.

Information Evening for Parents: Dyslexia, what it is and how to help: Ref 210519

Tues 21st May, 7.00 - 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 assisted.
 
No charge – Please phone to book a place.
Listening to a Child Read: Ref 050619

Wed 5th Jun, 10.00 - 11.30am, SPELD SA

Presenter: Frances Scobie, Jolly Phonics Trainer

Reading is the foundation skill which underpins all areas of learning. As a parent you can help your child develop confidence and fluency by applying strategies which address issues such as poor blending skills, as well as guessing, omitting or misreading words. This hands-on workshop demonstrates why some reading texts are more suitable than others and how to structure short, efficient sessions which foster engagement and success.
Cost: $30, $20 for SPELD SA Members.
Software Sampler Session: Ref 070619

Fri 7th 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.
Please book early!

Cost: $90, $75 for SPELD SA members, $35 for full-time students.

Sensory Integration: Ref 180619

Tues 18th Jun, 5.00am - 7.00pm, SPELD SA

Presenter: Jan Daly, Special Education Consultant

Sensory integration is crucial for successful functioning, self-esteem, socialisation, concentration, and learning. This hands-on workshop explores the various components of sensory integration and its role in development and learning.

Many children experience an imbalance in their sensory development, impacting their day-to-day capabilities and interaction. this informative and motivating workshop provides simple practical strategies and resources for use at both home and school, with examples of how to integrate these across a range of activities.

Cost: $90, $75 for SPELD SA members, $35 for full-time students.

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