Below are some useful links from both Australia and Overseas.Links to other websites are inserted for convenience and do not constitute endorsement of material at those sites, or any associated organisation, product or service. Before relying on the material in any important matter, users should carefully evaluate its accuracy, currency, completeness and relevance for their purposes, and should obtain any appropriate professional advice relevant to their particular circumstances.
Useful Links Contents
- Specific Learning Difficulties (SLD) and General Links
- Dyslexia Links
- ADD / ADHD Australian Links
- ADD / ADHD Overseas Links
- Teaching and Technology Resources
- Audio and Video Podcasts for Specific Learning Difficulties
- SPELD Branches in other States
Specific Learning Difficulties (SLD) and General Links
AASE – Australian Association of Special Education
Assistive Technology – Tools that help with learning. Great starting point for exploring assistive technology for people with SLDs. From NCLD / Understood.
Autism Toolbox – The Autism Toolbox is a resource to support the inclusion of children and young people with autism spectrum disorder in mainstream education services. It’s prepared by the Scottish Gov’t but contains a wealth of useful general information. Go to their Website or download the PDF booklet.
CHERI Resources and Information sheets – a range of information sheets for parents, teaching and medical professionals, and students. Topics such as selecting a school, developing language and handwriting skills. Some of the information sheets are specific to children with velocardiofacial syndrome or developmental disorders.
Digital Games and Learning By MindShift. – a guide that answers questions that educators, parents, and life-long learners have raised around using digital games for learning. While we had educators in mind when developing this guide, any lifelong learner can use it to develop a sense of how to navigate the games space in an informed and meaningful way. Collection of articles and blog posts on their website and a full downloadable PDF
Disability Standards for Education – A practical guide for individuals, families and communities – This new resource from the University of Canberra shows how the Disability Standards for Education can be useful to you.
Also note their great Resources: http://resource.dse.theeducationinstitute.edu.au/content/resources
Includes Disability Standards Fact Sheets, info. on choosing and enrolling in Kindergarten and School, communicating with schools and support groups, learning to read, transition to secondary school, coaching, education planning, adjustments and more.
The site also has a great collection of Personal Stories sorted by topics such as “what is disability”, “getting support”, “communication”, “adjustments”, “enrolment”, “collaboration” and many more.
Edutopia – A comprehensive website that increases knowledge, sharing, and adoption of what works in K-12 education. Project-based learning, comprehensive assessment, integrated studies, social and emotional learning, educational leadership and teacher development, and technology integration.
FivefromFive.org.au – Teach reading effectively in every classroom, every day. Resources, research and links on “How To Teach Reading“, using “The Five Keys to Reading” – Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary and Comprehension. From the Centre of Independent Studies.
GLD Australia – A national online learning community responding to the needs of gifted children and gifted adults with specific learning disability and other learning challenges, and the needs of those who care for, teach and advocate for them.
IPAD Apps wheel for learners with Dyslexia / Reading and Writing Difficulties (PDF – 1.81 MB) – Courtesy of CALL Scotland.
Kids Helpline – Offers a safe, fun and interactive place for kids and young people to explore issues that are important to them.
LDOnline – An interactive guide to learning disabilities for parents, teachers and children.
Learning Difficulties Coalition – LDC is a coalition of individuals and parent support groups which provides support and information about children (5-18yrs) with learning difficulties and related conditions.
Literacy Network Australia – Literacy network is a non-profit organisation that has a group of volunteers that tutor reading/writing for adults for 1 hour a week at no cost. Based at Northern Beaches, Sydney.
Literacy Online – A N.Z. website with lots of good online resources for helping primary and secondary teachers develop teaching and learning programmes based on the literacy needs of their learners.
MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY Special Education Centre (MUSEC) Briefings** – Excellent briefings on a huge range of SLD and behavioural topics. **Disestablished in 2018. MUSEC Briefings archive (2005-2018) now hosted on Spelfabet
NaturalReader – A good free program that can read aloud any text. Paid versions with more features also available.
National Center for Learning Disabilities (NLCD) – A U.S. site that aims to connect parents and others with essential resources and provides educators with evidence-based tools. Also see Understood, aimed specifically at parents.
NOMANIS – Online Australian bulletin promoting the ideas and evidence about effective instruction in reading and related skills, for teachers, parents, fellow professionals and policy makers. Providing readable and engaging accounts of developments in the teaching of reading and writing. Lots of up to date articles by leading researchers.
Nomanis Notes – Series of single page briefings on relevant educational topics likely to be of interest to parents, teachers and other professionals, with particular reference to learning difficulties. Our aim is to succinctly summarise the state of knowledge on the topic, offer a considered opinion, and to provide starter references for those wishing to find out more. Note that some of the Nomanis Notes consist of revised and updated versions of the MUSEC Briefings
NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) – The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) replaced the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) on 1 January 2017. NESA will set and monitor quality teaching, learning, assessment and school standards. This includes responsibility, across NSW public, Catholic and independent schools.
NSW syllabuses for the Australian curriculum – Additional features now available include: support materials, syllabus download, hyperlinked glossaries, filtering and advanced search facilities. **Take note of the “Supporting Students With Special Education Needs” Section*
Pen / Pencil Grip – Information and activities for developing and improving pencil grip when learning to write. From the OT Dept. of the Royal Children’s Hospital
Pie Corbett Resources – Pie’s Australian Blog from his 2014 visit – lots of tips to help improve children’s writing. Pie’s Website -A piece of Pie “Inspiration and information from the poet, storyteller and educational consultant”
Reading Rockets – Loads of great videos and articles, research-based reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and read better. Resources to assist parents, teachers, and other educators in helping struggling readers build fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.
Speech Pathology in Schools 2017 – Free ebook from Speech Pathology Australia. A resource to support engagement and participation of students with speech, language and communication needs in schools.
Tilt Parenting – TiLT is an online destination aimed at helping parents raising differently-wired kids do so from a place of confidence, connection, and peace. Resources, articles and a weekly podcast
Understanding Learning Difficulties, A Guide for Parents – This 2016 online guide has been designed and produced by AUSPELD to provide parents and carers with current information about the nature of learning disabilities in children, and to offer practical guidance on the most appropriate identification, intervention and support.
Understood – Winner of 2015 Webby Award for Best Parenting / Family Site. Their goal is to help the millions of parents whose children, ages 3–20, are struggling with learning and attention issues.
Adult Dyslexia Resources – Resources, information, games and quizzes for adults with dyslexia. From Halfpenny Development.
The British Dyslexia Association – Lots of great resources and info.
British Dyslexia Association NEW TECHNOLOGIES Website – “Technology support for all dyslexic people.” Links to programs, apps and resources. They look at new developments in hardware and software and attempt to evaluate how useful they are in helping dyslexic people to work more independently.
Dyslexia in the Classroom: What Every Teacher Needs to Know. (PDF 690 KB) From I.D.A.
Dyslexic Student’s Guide for Academics. – From the University of Melbourne.
International Dyslexia Association (I.D.A.) (AUSPELD is a Global Partner of IDA).
International Dyslexia Association FACTSHEETS – On Dyslexia and Related Language-Based Learning Difficulties. Lots of great info for Parents, Educators, Adult Learners and Uni Students.
IPAD Apps wheel for learners with Dyslexia / Reading and Writing Difficulties (PDF – 1.81 MB) – Courtesy of CALL Scotland.
Also see our Dyslexia Awareness Page for more Dyslexia Links
ADHD / ADD Links (Australia)
Australian Psychological Society – Professional association for psychologists in Australia.
Child and Youth Health, Women and Children’s Health Network – A website of the South Australian Government that provides health information for parents and young people.
Children’s Hospital Education Research Institute (CHERI) – An institute located at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead in NSW that conducts research into the educational and psychosocial aspects of children with learning problems. The CHERI team also conducts educational assessments for some of these children and provides information and resources to families and professionals.
HealthInsite – A website funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing that aims to provide Australians with easy access to quality information about human health.
Learning Links – An Australian charity and non-profit organisation, offering information, support and services to children who have learning difficulties, disabilities and/or developmental delays and their families.
ADHD / ADD Links (Overseas)
ADD Resources – An American non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting, educating and serving as a resource for people with ADD.
ADDA: Attention Deficit Disorder Association – An American non-profit organisation that provides information, resources and networking to adults with ADHD and to the professionals working with them.
ADDISS: National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service – A UK non-profit organisation that provides information and resources about ADHD to anyone who needs assistance.
ADDitude Magazine for People with ADD – Living well with Attention Deficit.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Child Development) – An agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that aims to prevent and control infectious and chronic diseases, injuries, workplace hazards, disabilities, and environmental health threats.
CHADD: Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – An American non-profit organisation that provides science-based, evidence-based information about ADHD to parents, educators, professionals, the media and the general public.
The National Resource Center on ADHD – A clearinghouse, funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that provides information and resources about ADHD.
NIMH: National Institute of Mental Health – American Federal agency for research on mental and behavioural disorders.
Teaching and Technology Resources
Google for Education Free Webinars 2017 – More free education and tech. webinars from Google for 2017. Register for event to watch webinars that have already occurred.
Google for Education Free Webinars 2016 “It takes a teacher” – Free education and tech. webinars from Google. Great collection of on demand webinars covering lots of topics on using Google and all the Google apps for education, implementing them in schools, implementation success stories and more.
Beginners Guide to Text-to-speech Software – For anyone grappling with text based tasks, Text-to-speech software can massively improve your speed and accuracy. This video gives an overview of how Text-to-speech works and demos of some of the most common features that come bundled with the software. From The Codpast.
How to make evidence based decisions about literacy interventions using Google and Google Scholar. Link to PowerPoint Presentation (6MB). Systematic steps to assess if a literacy approach is evidence based. From ARC Centre for Cognition and its Disorders, Macquarie University.
Online tools and apps
Google Digital Safety Resources – A multifaceted program that includes a fun and free web-based game called Interland and an educational curriculum to teach kids how to be safe and responsible explorers of the online world. Includes resources for Educators and Families.
The 20 Best Google Education Resources for Teachers. – Lots of great links, good place to start exploring Google Docs and Google Apps for Education (GAFE)
The 32 most innovative online education tools (from 2015) – From Noodle.com. For each tool it covers What it is, who would love it, why it’s good and why it’s relevant.
Using Google Chrome as Assistive Tech. for Reading and Writing Difficulties. – How to get started using Google Chrome as Assistive Tech. From Noodle.com.
Part 2 – 7 Chrome Extensions for Dyslexia
Part 3 – 6 Chrome Apps for Dyslexia
Part 4 – 5 Google Docs add-ons for Dyslexia
Audio and Video Podcasts for Specific Learning DisabilitiesPodcasts are a great way to explore all the information available on the web if you are on the go, away from a computer, or don’t like to read. Resources for Educators, Parents and Students. Here some links to get you started:
Tilt Parenting Podcast
The TiLT Parenting Podcast features Interviews and conversations with parenting experts, coaches, educators, therapists, and moms and dads in the thick of it, all aimed at inspiring, informing, and supporting parents raising differently-wired kids. Weekly Podcast, over 50 episodes already. http://www.tiltparenting.com/podcasts/
Not a learning disability, We just learn differently. Australian Podcast about Dyslexia featuring interviews with parents and experts. Including episodes with Julie Mavlian and Tanya Forbes.
The Codpast is a place where the cool and creative side of Dyslexia is celebrated. Inspirational and interesting stories from some of the most engaging Dyslexics around. https://thecodpast.wordpress.com/
“helping your child learn better”
Lectures, talks and articles on specific learning difficulties
University of Oxford
Audio and Video Podcasts on Dyslexia
Video and Podcast Library
Education Research Reading Room
Australian podcast and blog with further reading and resources. Brings together teachers and educators with education researchers and thought leaders for discussion on key issues in the education space.
SPELD Branches in other States
AUSPELD – The Australian Federation of SPELD Associations