Sydney SLP

“Learning to read transforms lives” (Castles et al., 2018)

Learning to read is a human right. Many children, and their families, have experienced great distress when learning to read has not come easily.

Kate Jackson is a Speech-Language Pathologist, Special Needs Educator and Mother. She has spent many years dedicating herself to post graduate training in Literacy. For Kate, there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to learning to read and reading intervention.

Kate is offering a series of 4 Reading Workshops for Parents, Teachers, Learning Support Officers, and Allied Health Professionals and Students. The aim of these workshops is to turn the research-based evidence on how children can best be taught to read into a tool kit of easy to use, practical strategies that can be applied at school, home and in every day opportunities.

Knowledge of what works when teaching children to read needs to be shared. With training in The Spalding Method, various MULTILIT programs, and access to a variety of evidence-based literacy resources, Kate shares the best tools for the job, and shows you how to do it.

All workshops are $60 each or attend all 4 for the discounted price of $200.   All workshops will be held at our clinic at 284 Gardeners Rd, Rosebery NSW.


Workshop 1: DEVELOPING SOUND AWARENESS AND BLENDING SOUNDS TOGETHER TO READ (not just looking at pictures and guessing or just memorising lists of sight words)

Parents and Tertiary Students : Tuesday 28 May, 7 pm – 9 pm

Teachers, SLSO’s, Allied Health  : Wednesday 29 May, 10 am – 12 pm; or 7 pm – 9 pm

Evidence-based strategies to teach children letter-sounds, and how to blend these sounds together to read words. Learn how to explicitly model and practice these techniques during the school day, homework time and everyday opportunities. Learn how to make a reading task easier for a child while still improving their reading skills.


Workshop 2: FLUENCY: MORE THAN JUST SPEED                        

Parents and Tertiary Students : Tuesday 4 June, 7 pm – 9 pm

Teachers, SLSO’s, Allied Health : Wednesday 5 June, 10 am – 12 pm; or 7 pm – 9 pm

Reading fluency is not just speed. Learn the components that make up reading fluency and why fluency is a critical literacy skill. Evidence-based and practical strategies will be presented in this workshop to help children transition from decoding to word recognition and automaticity, and expressive reading (fluency).



Parents and Tertiary Students : Tuesday 11 June, 7 pm – 9 pm

Teachers, SLSO’s, Allied Health : Wednesday 12 June, 10 am – 12 pm; or 7 pm – 9 pm

The purpose of reading is to understand or comprehend the Author’s message. To understand a story, a child needs to have good word knowledge. Some children are poor decoders and spend too much mental effort reading the words on the page and have little or no cognitive space available to think about what they are reading. Some children are good decoders but cannot answer any comprehension questions about what they have read. Treatment for these two groups is not the same. In this workshop you will learn evidence-based strategies to help children in both groups to increase their vocabulary knowledge and develop reading comprehension skills.


Workshop 4 : ENCODING (SPELLING)                         

Parents and Tertiary Students  : Tuesday 18 June, 7 pm – 9 pm

Teachers, SLSO’s, Allied Health : Wednesday 19 June, 10 am – 12 pm; or 7 pm – 9 pm

English spelling is hard and requires explicit instruction if children are going to develop lifelong spelling accuracy, not just accuracy for the test on Fridays. In this workshop, evidence-based strategies will be presented to help you explicitly teach children spelling principles, so children can select spelling options for unfamiliar words.