Reading disorders

The Reading Centre provides a reading disorder service to educators and parents to support students with reading disorders, including those with dyslexia, through the following 6 focus areas.

Early identification

While formal reading instruction typically begins when children enter school, access to written language is founded in strong oral language competency.

The Reading Centre works with early years educators, parents and caregivers to:

  • increase understanding of the integral relationship between spoken and written language
  • create language and literacy-rich home and learning environments.

Increasing understanding of the typical progression of oral language and emergent literacy development will facilitate early identification of children at-risk for reading difficulties.

Identify and intervene

The Reading Centre builds the capacity of regional and school-based multidisciplinary teams to:

  • identify students at-risk of or experiencing difficulties learning to read
  • plan interventions and supports delivered at all levels within a whole school approach.

Differentiate and access

The Reading Centre builds teachers' understanding of

  • the specific nature of reading disorders
  • how to differentiate the teaching and learning environment, curriculum and assessment materials to meet the learning and access needs of students with reading disorders.

Rural and remote

The Reading Centre's Assessment and intervention service targets clusters of schools and students in rural and remote locations. This service includes:

  • targeted assessments for students with word-level reading disorders (dyslexia)
  • a professional learning program that builds on the assessment process to increase the capacity of regional and school-based teams to support all students with reading disorders.

Building the evidence base

The Reading Centre partners with internal and external organisations to build the evidence base in the field of reading disorders.

Advisory service

The Reading disorders advisory service helps educators and parents to connect with expert advice, information and support on reading disorders, including dyslexia. Call (07) 3328 6950 or email to inquire about advice to support children who have reading difficulties.

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Last reviewed 27 February 2019
Last updated 27 February 2019