Understanding Learning Difficulties: A Guide for Parents





Structured Synthetic Phonics Programs for Schools and Families

Outside the Square


Outside the Square is a series of films to increase awareness and understanding of dyslexia in our education system.

The scene is set with brave and inspirational children supported by their proactive parent advocates. They share their struggles and difficulties encountered in our current education system. Their journey continues through the eyes of teachers that have embraced change. Through their shared experiences and supported by Australia’s leading education researchers, a deep understanding of dyslexia is developed that showcases effective teaching strategies to assist students with dyslexia.

All three films can be viewed here.

This is a community project driven by parents and educators passionate about social justice and education reform. The films aim to empower children with dyslexia in education by closing the research-to-practice gap in our schools. Outside the Square was designed to get ‘blanket’ awareness in schools as a first step to change.

Reading problems and what to do about them – Research Based Answers to 24 Frequently Asked Questions. Free e-book from Banter Speech and Language.

Fun Phonics Facts


31 Facts a Day for Dyslexia Awareness Month – October 2016 – Click here to read them!

Dyslexia and the Law

Transition Letter – Sample

Maths Dyslexia and Dyscalculia

Lois MacCullagh – Study Strategies for Students

Educational Implications for Dyslexia Disability

Reading Doctor


Adelaide’s own literacy specialist, Dr Bartek Rajkowski – Speech Pathologist, has developed the Reading Doctor® computer software and tablet apps to make it easier for anyone to teach students to read and spell. These teaching tools  are designed to teach students using synthetic phonics – the most effective way of teaching kids to read according to scientific research. The apps strengthen skills that reading scientists have identified as crucial for literacy learning; skills such as phonemic awareness, letter-sound knowledge, blending, segmentation, decoding and sight word recognition. Reading Doctor® apps include presets for popular synthetic phonics programs such as Jolly Phonics and Multilit and are fully customisable, you can create your own activities to match your teaching sequence, regardless of which phonics program you use!



The Spelfabet materials are designed by Australian Speech Pathologist, Alison Clarke, for non-experts to use to teach struggling spellers/readers, including students with speech-language and cognitive difficulties, to sound out words. They’re carefully-sequenced, easy-to-use, affordable, downloadable, reproducible and should be used with decodable readers.

Reading Bear


Reading Bear is a fun way to learn to read. We teach over 1,200 vocabulary items. Our 50 presentations cover all the main phonics rules. All free and nonprofit!

IDA Dyslexia Handbook – What Every Family Should Know


You can download this as a pdf file by clicking here

iPad Guide – Add your name and give to your school


Download this as a pdf file by clicking here

Dyslexia – Anxiety – Self-esteem Cycle

Download this as a pdf file by clicking here

Postcard For Your Teacher


Postcard to your teacher – front view

Postcard to your teacher – rear view

You can download this as a pdf file by clicking here.

Genius Within


Fantastic, innovative online training for adults, that will transform your dyslexia and bring out your inner genius.  Click here for a poster on “What is Dyslexia?”

 Dyslexia Strengths and Weaknesses


A printable poster highlighting Dyslexia strengths and weaknesses