The Australian Dyslexia Course

The Ultimate Course in Dyslexia: a week long intensive!

The ULTIMATE course in Dyslexia...which is THE most common learning difficulty seen in schools!

This course is full of the most helpful and relevant aspects of this field. Many participants say they learned more helpful information in this course than in a Masters of Special Ed!

You will be empowered with a deep understanding of Specific Learning Disorders with a focus on Dyslexia. You will have a handle on all of the latest in international research.

And also...

You will be equipped with practical approaches and teaching strategies. These reasonable adjustments and specific teaching techniques you will be able to use straight away!

Don't be worried about all of the work in preparing for a presentation back at your own school...we'll got your back!  We will give you a powerpoint and digital support materials to take back and share in your own schools!


November 27 - December 1

We've chosen a very central location for the Melbourne Course (with great food)!

123 Queen Street Melbourne is a short walk from both Swanston Street and Southern Cross Station.

For those of you wanting to make it a study retreat, there are plenty of accommodation options too!​

    Your presenters

    Michelle Hutchison

    Dip Teach (Prim), Grad Dip Spec Ed, Post Grad LD, Master Ed(Melb).

    Literacy and Dyslexia Specialist

    Michelle is both an experienced classroom and special education teacher. Her experience includes: classroom teaching in state, catholic and independent schools, school leadership and lecturing at The University of Melbourne.

    Michelle is passionate about the area of dyslexia, as she herself is dyslexic. This passion drives her to apply academic knowledge with practical experience to share teaching solutions – that work!  Dyslexics are creative thinkers who require explicit, multisensory instruction. Michelle believes that with the right techniques, students with dyslexia can make an incredibly positive contribution to our world.

    Michelle has written two books: The SMART Spelling Manual (2015) and the newly released SMART Literacy Restaurant (2017). Not bad for a dyslexic!  She is a hugely popular presenter who inspires others.

    Dr Daryl Greaves

    TPTC, BA, Bed, P.G.Dip.Ed.Admin., MA, PhD, MAPS

    Educational and Developmental Psychologist

    Daryl spent much of the first decade of his professional life as a teacher both in Primary and Secondary schools before becoming a lecturer at The University of Melbourne. As an award winning academic he was involved in Commonwealth funded research projects concerned with literacy programs and teacher education.

    He worked clinically, as anEducational and Developmental Psychologist at SPELD (Specific Learning Difficulties Association of Victoria) for many years where he assessed students from early primary school through to adults in middle age. He has worked with Michelle Hutchison for 24 years.

    Daryl regularly travels tointernational conferences, and presents seminars in schools. He is well known for his ability to explain complex concepts using analogies, stories and humour!

Brief Outline of the Course

Introduction to dyslexia
  • History
  • Orton Gillingham
  • The Rose Report
  • DSM 5
Cognitive Processes Underpinning Dyslexia
  • Phonological Processing
  • Working Memory
  • Rapid Automatic Naming
  • Phonemic Awareness
How to Identify Dyslexia
  • The Simple View of Reading
  • Teacher friendly tests of Literacy
  • Administering standardised tests
  • Statistics
Associated Conditions of Dyslexia
  • Auditory Processing
  • Visual Processing
  • Dyspraxia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Anxiety
  • Assessment
  • Interventions
  • Technology
Language Disorders
  • Expressive
  • Receptive
  • Teaching Strategies for Vocabulary
The Disability Discrimination Act
  • Making reasonable adjustments in class
  • Modified Programs
  • Individual Learning Plans
  • The Standards in Education
  • A personal experience of Dyslexia
  • Multisensory Approaches
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Phonics
  • The Power of Nouns
  • Cumulative Teaching
  • How to Teach Spelling
  • Multisensory Approaches
  • Common Words: a new approach
  • Spelling Rules
  • The importance of Syllables
  • The Scientific Evidence for Teaching Reading
  • Explicit, direct teaching
  • The Five Pillars of Reading Instruction
  • The need for Decodable Books
  • The 9 Phases of Beginning Reading
  • Morphology
  • Prefixes and suffixes
  • Common words
Planning an Intervention
  • Documentation
  • Collaboration
  • How to be Diagnostic so you can teach at the point of need
  • The Literacy Restaurant
How to be an agent of change
  • Response to Intervention
  • A digital package to take back to your school
Case Studies
  • Participants will be invited to submit case studies prior to the course.
  • These de-identified reports will be copied for the group.
  • The group will be guided to analyse the reports, understand them and make recommendations

$2,200 including GST

Inclusive of delicious catering, comprehensive notes and digital materials.

3 payment options:

1. Using a credit card on the paypal website

2. Using Paypal

3. Requesting a tax invoice to be emailed to you for your school to pay later

We'd love to have you along!

Numbers are strictly limited.  Registrations close a week prior or when full.

This course is being run by Hutchison Holdings (Vic) Pty Ltd ABN: 75 491 760 353.

Michelle and Daryl had a 4-day version of this course that they previously offered at SPELD Victoria. If you have completed the old course (anytime over the past 11 years) and you would like to update with this course, please email us for a 30% discount code (for 2017 only).

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