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Understanding Dyslexia and Significant Reading Difficulties (DSRD) - TQI Accredited (5453)


Understanding Dyslexia and Significant Reading Difficulties (DSRD) online training course offers participants an opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of dyslexia and significant reading difficulties and its impact on learning. This course consists of three (3) compulsory online chat session spread to complement each section of the online course. Chat sessions are supported by an online tutor and consist of online learning activities and/or additional reading material in support of group discussions. Please be aware that this course can take up to 16 -20 hours to complete, including three (3) X one and half (1.5) hour tutor live chat sessions (spread over a period of six (6) to eight (8) weeks. This course is TQI accredited for eleven hours in 2020.



Participants will:

       Explore the main characteristics of dyslexia in the context of significant difficulties in reading;

       Develop an understanding of the stages of learning and impacts on the development of phonemic awareness, phonics, accuracy/ fluency with text, vocabulary/comprehension and its possible impacts to learning progression;

       Explore the role of working memory in relation to dyslexia;

       Explore some of the issues surrounding dyslexia and significant difficulties in reading;

       Understand and explore the importance of a whole school approach in supporting students with significant reading difficulties;

       Develop confidence in identifying and responding to the individual learning needs of students with dyslexia and significant reading difficulties through;

       Creating student learning profiles;

       Creating and working with SMART goals and;

       Implementing a range of appropriate adjustments/ interventions.

Program Design


Session dates: Online access begins week five (5), Term 3 and continues through to week 1, Term 4.

Compulsory live chat sessions :

Wednesday August 26, 3:30 to 5.00pm

Wednesday September 9, 3:30 to 5.00pm

Wednesday September 23, 3:30 to 5.00pm.

Program Expectations


Participants attend the ‘Live Chat’ sessions and complete online readings, quizzes (3), evaluation questionnaires (2) and contribute to the online forum discussions (10), including one (1) case study online reflection. Participants will also form a learning ‘Student Profile’ to inform and develop three SMART goals and related interventions that will support student progress. Participants must also respond to others within their cohort (min 5).

Event Sessions

Please note that this event is for ACT Education and Training Directorate Staff only.


Enrolment Closing Date: 10/08/2020
The closing date for enrolments for this event has passed.
This event comprises the following session(s). You will automatically be enrolled in all of them:
Session TitleStart DateEnd DateStart TimeEnd TimeVenuePresenter
Understanding Dyslexia and Significant Reading Difficulties (DSRD) - TQI Accredited17/08/202012/10/202012:00 AM12:00 AMPlease Note: Set dates are for a guide only. All OLT course access will commence August 24 and conclude October 12. This is a self paced online learning course designed in association with both online readings/activities and live chat sessions conducted over a period of 6 to 8 weeks.  

Event Fees

Departmental Staff: N/A

Non-Departmental Staff: N/A

Contact Details

Please contact the following if you require any more details about this event.
Contact Name: Leanne Straatman


The following is a list of attachments for this event that are available to download.
 File NameSize
DSRD_overview_2020.docx0.04 Mb

Event Target

Sectors: Early Childhood School,Primary
Groups: Classroom Teacher,Executive Teacher
Specialisation: There are no target specialisations defined for this event.

Eligibility Criteria

Professional Learning Focus Areas

New Educators, Pedagogy/Quality Teaching

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