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SPELD SA Free Parent Workshops – Goolwa

SPELD SA is pleased to be able to share a rural and regional event that will be held on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th June 2021 at Goolwa Primary School.

The following 10 free workshops are suitable for parents of children in preschool, junior, primary and secondary schools. Numbers are limited, so book early. Some workshops are repeated on
the second day.

Please share with family, friends and SSOs, teachers and other professionals, all welcome. Note content is directed at parents.

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1. Writing using a six box in planning – all genres – all year levels – paper based or PowerPoint – Presenter: Sandy Russo

Writing involves many processes and by the time pen touches paper and the challenge of working out how to spell the first word or even which word to use is reached by a struggling writer, the rest of their ideas have disappeared from their memory.

This session focuses on how a six-box structure can be used when planning any writing task in a paper-based form and in PowerPoint. The six-box structure is also easily used in a PowerPoint platform which helps students with working memory issues. You will leave the session with the knowledge of how to use a six box and the different strategies and programs that Sandy finds useful with the students she works with.

Fri. 18 June 2021: 9:00 am – 11:00 am ACDT

2. Sensory Integration – making sense of our bodies – Presenter: Jan Daly

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-today 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.

Suitable for parents, teachers, SSOs, tutors, and the wider community, with particular emphasis on preschool and primary-aged children.

Fri. 18 June 2021: 9:00 am – 11:00 am ACDT3.

Hearing Sounds in Words (Phonemic Awareness) – a key literacy skill – Presenter: Sandy Russo

This hands-on workshop will investigate the relationship between ‘hearing sounds in words’ and the development of literacy – reading, writing, and spelling. Participants will leave equipped with:
• an insight into the numerous phonemic (sound) aspects of literacy
• strategies to support your child’s literacy development
• games and activities to nurture your child’s literacy development
Suitable for parents of students struggling to spell and read

Fri. 18 June 2021: 11.30 am – 1:30 pm ACDT

4. An Introduction to Inference (Reading comprehension)- Presenter: Jan Daly

Reading Detectives – Inference – A Key Reading Comprehension Skill

Inference is one the most important yet trickiest reading comprehension skills to both teach and learn. If not mastered, the reader may often only read at a superficial level, missing many key and often veiled messages.

This interactive fun and practical workshop, demonstrating how readers are real-life detectives, investigates the skill of inference, considers relevant strategies, and actively engages participants in fun and practical inference activities.

Fri. 18 June 2021: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm ACDT

5. Dyslexia: What it is and how to help at home – Presenter: Sandy Russo

This session looks at the problems encountered by students with dyslexia (all ages) and the ways in which they can be assisted. Each family attending will receive a copy of the AUSPELD Understanding Learning Difficulties Guide to take home as a reference guide.

Fri. 18 June 2021: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm ACDT
Sat. 19 June 2021: 9:00 am – 11:00 am ACDT

6. Executive Functioning Skills – Focus on R-6 (but relevant to all year levels). Presenter: Jan Daly

Assist your child develop the 10-key executive functioning skills for everyday task participation and completion.

Executive functioning skills are the set of mental skills that enable individuals to effectively and successfully participate in activities and interactions and complete everyday tasks, (inclusive of planning, organisation, time management, working memory, self-monitoring, self-control, attention, task initiation, flexible thinking, and perseverance). We all have areas of strength and weakness with these skills, but some individuals find these particularly challenging, e.g. those with Specific Learning Disorders (e.g. dyslexia), ADHD, ADD and ASD.

In this hands-on workshop, participants will gain an introductory insight into each of the 10 key executive functioning skills, and examine simple strategies, while simultaneously preparing relevant visuals/materials to take home to assist children develop these skills.

Fri. 18 June 2021: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm ACDT

Sat. 19 June 2021: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm ACDT7.

Dyscalculia: Developing an insight into number in a meaningful, hands-on, and fun way: Number Sense Fun! Pattern work! – Presenter: Jan Daly

Number sense is the basis for mathematical understanding and development. Numbers follow patterns! Patterns are fun!

Through hands-on activities, use of concrete materials, and considering the many ways we use and apply number in our daily activities, participants will investigate and develop a resource of simple fun ways (including strategies, activities and games) they apply or use at home and in the community to assist their child master a solid understanding of number. Suitable for parents of Preschool to Year 4

Sat. 19 June 2021: 9:00 am – 11:00 am ACDT

8. Resilience and Self-Esteem – Presenter: Jan Daly

Brain research reveals that emotions, such as anxiety, anger, and depression, place us in a state of alert – fight or flight – impacting our state of alertness and ability to concentrate and learn. This practical workshop, through interactive activities, provides support for parents to equip children with the strategies to develop optimism, positive self-esteem, resilience, and a growth mindset. These aim to assist them to overcome obstacles, meet challenges assuredly, feel included and happy, and continually learn, developing into calm, optimistic and self-assured young people.

Sat. 19 June 2021: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm ACDT

9. Technology that helps dyslexic students – Presenter: Sandy Russo

Come and look at some of the best assistive and remedial software for students (all ages) who have difficulties in literacy and numeracy. We will explore what works and how to use it.

Sat. 19 June 2021: 11.30 am – 1:30 pm ACDT

10. Developing their Vocabulary – Presenter: Sandy Russo

Reading and talking with children plays an important role in developing their vocabulary. The more you read to children and then discuss what you have read, the more understanding students get about words and their world. This session will look at how you can help your child develop stronger vocabularies, from pre-schoolers to high schoolers using books, playing games, watching film clips, and having discussions daily. We will also look at shades of meanings of words and idioms and sayings your child may find hard to understand.

Sat. 19 June 2021: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm ACDT

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