February 11, 2018

Taken from Emily's blog, The Literacy Nest:

If you were to observe a lesson from an Orton-Gillingham based program such as Wilson, SPIRE or Barton, they would have similarities, but also plenty of differences. The same is true of a non-program-specific Orton-Gillingham lesson plan that follows the Orton-Gillingham approach. The exact lesson sequence may differ depending on where the teacher was trained, the student that they ar...

January 29, 2018

The second MSL Club has just been completed in bayside, Melbourne. This club is the brainchild of a wonderful educator and MSL therapist, Kate Bertoncello, who saw a need, dreamed a dream, took a risk and planned and executed a slick, professional and amazing club to support children with dyslexia.

36 educators, 134 children (from all over Australian), 70+ parents and many teachers attended St Joan of Arc PS in Brighton over th...

September 30, 2015

I have just attended the biannual Learning Difficulties Conference in Brisbane with my friend, colleague and mentor, Cathy Love.  Lots of insightful speakers and presentations from a range of educators and researchers.


Doctor Anne Castles of Macquarie University was our first keynote speaker and provided a wonderful paper entitled ‘Identifying, understanding and treating reading difficulties.’ Anne spoke passionately about the...

June 9, 2015


Looking at secondary schools for your child


There are many different things to consider when inspecting potential schools for your child.


Firstly location- do you want your child to go to school in their local neighborhood or are you happy for them to travel outside their area, perhaps even using public transport? It is sometimes difficult to imagine your little 12 year old getting on and off a train, but once they hit the te...

April 5, 2015

An interesting look at why some of out children are failing to thrive at school.

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