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2 Half-Day Workshop

Seminar: Making Reading Real for Learners with Learning Difficulties and Special Needs

As the title suggests this course aims to make reading a reality for all children – regardless of their educational needs and age and stage in education. It will be aimed at beginning readers to those who have acquiring some competence right through to those developing their reading comprehension skills. The course will provide a blend of models of reading, the reading process but mainly will focus on strategies. The aim is to give the teacher and parents who may also be home schooling children tips and strategies that they can immediately access in the teaching situation.

Dates:06 and 07 Jun 2022 (Mon and Tue)
Time:8.30am - 12.00pm (Singapore Standard Time GMT+0800)
Venue:Live Online Training
Speaker: Dr. Gavin Reid and Jenn Clark

Dr. Gavin Reid is an international psychologist and author. He was formerly a classroom teacher (10 years) and university lecturer (16 years). He was a senior lecturer at Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh from 1991-2007 where he wrote the first Masters course in Dyslexia in the UK in 1993.

He has written over 40 books in the field of dyslexia, learning skills and motivation. His books have been translated into seven languages and some are in third, fourth and fifth editions. He lectures worldwide and has regular international consultancies. Dr. Reid is Chair of the British Dyslexia Association Accreditation Board and a regular speaker at the International Dyslexia Association conferences in the USA. He has previously carried out seminars and courses in Singapore as well as in UK, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Dubai, Kuwait, Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Cyprus, Greece and Canada. He has also been engaged in United Nations projects as a learning differences expert and has appeared on a number of radio and television programmes on dyslexia worldwide including Dubai, Kuwait, Australia, UK, Hong Kong, Gibraltar, New Zealand and Singapore.

Dr. Reid has lectured to thousands of professionals and parents in over 80 countries. His web site is www.drgavinreid.com. He is passionate about helping to achieve equal opportunities for those with dyslexia and other learning differences and is a strong advocate of the strengths and positive aspects of dyslexia.

Jenn Clark is a Certified Structured Literacy Practitioner with a private practice in Vancouver, Canada. A Certified Primary school teacher, EAL Instructor, MSLE Mentor/Instructor she holds a certificate in Competence in Educational Testing (CCET) and has spent the past 10 years teaching students with learning differences as well as supporting parents.

She is co-creator of Aduri- A Mindfulness Programme for young children as well as co- authored several books on reading fluency, spelling and writing. She enjoys supporting and advocating for children with dyslexia as well as supporting and encouraging parents to advocate for their children.

Course Outline

Day 1 What is Reading?

  1. Some key points about reading -
  2. Reading Issues - why reading difficulties?
  3. Stages of the reading process - from sound to symbol
  4. Different components of reading - fluency, accuracy, comprehension

Day 2 Reading Tips and Strategies

  1. Phonics and Phonemes
  2. Sight words
  3. Reading fluency
  4. Reading comprehension
Course Objectives

At the end of this course participants will have gained a range of strategies for developing reading skills in children that they can use in their daily work immediately. They will also have an appreciation of the rationale behind those strategies and an understanding of the reading process and different models of reading as well as the reading journey experienced by children with a range of learning issues from mild to very severe.

Who Can Benefit?

Teachers from all sectors dealing with children with a range of learning issues, parents and carers.


Testimonials - Gavin Reid

“As a severe dyslexic myself, I have met up with many people around the world who suffer from dyslexia and wish to do something about it where possible. In my opinion, there is no one who is more capable at successfully helping them than Dr. Gavin Reid. In the field of dyslexia, he is by far the best communicator, and he helps dyslexic sufferers develop their skills to give them quality of life. Gavin Reid is the master in this field.” - Sir Jackie Stewart, OBE, Founder of Race Against Dementia

Just wanted to say thank you for the inspiring seminars you put on in Singapore last weekend. I certainly came away with lots to think about.
Michelle Perche - Learning Development Teacher - Discovery College, Singapore

Thank you so much for the most informative day on Friday. I have been working in the learning difficulty area now for about 6 years but I feel like a veil has been lifted!
Mary Cartmer, Learning Support Teacher, Australian International School Singapore
June 2010 – Singapore Seminars

Testimonials - Jenn Clark

My supervisor has been the most helpful and insightful person to me throughout this practicum – and I thank you Jenn for all your guidance and hard yards! I hope that as I step out with other learners that the support may be there…or at least some of those brilliant games and activity ideas. It was reassuring to know that your wisdom in the learning difficulties was just an email away!!!
AM Melbourne, Australia

Finally, I would like to say a huge, heartfelt thankyou to my mentor Jenn, for her incredible patience and support over the time it has taken to get through this practicum. I could not have got through this without her calm and encouraging support and observant and explicit feedback. I am incredibly inspired by her and the Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching. I openly advocate for this inspiring approach where-ever I can and direct as many teachers, parents and educators in this direction whenever possible
AG. Melbourne, Australia

Course Fees & Closing Dates
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$) per pax
30 Apr 2022 350
Normal Till Full 400