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Learning and reading difficulties


Some students have difficulties learning to read, write or work with numbers due to a range of reasons, for example a disability, transience or missed schooling due to illness.

Some examples of learning disability are:

The school does not need a formal diagnosis of a learning disability to provide students with support.

Schools identify and respond to learning needs regardless of cause, through ongoing monitoring and assessment of student progress. Schools support students by using differentiated teaching practices, assistive technology and where necessary focused and intensive teaching.

The DET Reading Centre opened at the beginning of the 2016 school year to provide specialist advice to educators and parents on how to teach reading and support readers, including strategies for students with dyslexia. Their website provides information, resources and contacts for the centre.

The following links provide evidence-based information on various teaching strategies:

The list below provides links to some of the organisations that can provide support for students with learning difficulties and their families. All organisations are listed alphabetically and are not specifically endorsed by the department.

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This page was last reviewed on 12 Jul 2016

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