phonological awareness

Justin Clark MEd, MLearningInnovation, BEd, BA

Justin is a qualified and experienced teacher specialising in helping children and adults who have learning difficulties / disabilities including dyslexia and autism including aspergers and other learning difficulties.

Justin also deliver training for parents (who have children with learning disabilities) and teachers who need assistance in teaching children in this area of particular need.

Justin provides specialist dyslexia teacher training, autism training for teachers and parents, dyslexia training for parents and other learning disability training for adults as required and upon consultation.

Teaching Strategies for Learning Difficulties

Justin’s learning disability training for teacher and parents clarifies in how to engage and cater for students with learning difficulties, such as autism and dyslexia training.

Instruction is also provided in how to cope with behavioural challenges that may arise in the classroom and how to recognise these behaviours before they manifest.

Strategies are presented to help teachers and parents overcome obstacles that may prevent them from engaging their student/child effectively.

The goal in learning disability training is to understand the various teaching approaches that students with learning difficulties need in order to become effective learners.

Not only will the students themselves feel more valued and have a greater sense of identity, but there will also be less challenging behaviours due to decreased frustration by the student along with the feeling of empowerment.  This type of instruction includes autism training for teachers and parents, autism awareness training, dyslexia training for parents and specialist dyslexia teacher training.

Learning Disability Training – Behaviour Strategies

Research shows us that quality of teaching has the single biggest impact on learning.

High quality teaching occurs within a supportive classroom environment where the learning styles of students are catered for.

As a result, teaching styles need to be flexible in order to effectively engage students with different learning difficulties and is something that Justin focuses on providing learning disability training for teachers and parents.

An understanding of the student’s specific learning difficulties and how they may affect the student’s classroom performance, can assist teachers to adopt teaching methods and strategies to help students to be successfully integrated into the classroom environment.

With these types of inclusive support structures, students with learning difficulties are more likely to develop a positive self-identity as they will feel that they are being listened to, valued and catered for.

Specific Learning Disability Training

We also need to understand how students operate from their perspective and is a key element in learning disability training.

An example of this is when working with students with autism with the immature development of their limbic system.  When students feel frustrated or out of control, they can revert to a more primitive version of flight or fight mode, which is a survival mechanism.  In this mode they aren’t going to be thinking clearly and even if they have strategies to deal with such emotions, they may find it hard to access and remember them.  This is where a visual prompter that means something to the student is useful, such as a sticker or picture on the front of their workbook that the teacher can point too.

The visual image is a reminder of the strategy that they need to implement.  This is also an effective strategy for trauma students as well and is one of many useful strategies that can be implemented depending on the individual learning needs of the student.  It’s also important to note that students that do this aren’t trying to make life difficult for the teacher.

Given that it’s an automatic survival response, the student may not know a more healthy way of dealing with their emotions.  Therefore, their intention isn’t to antagonise the teacher and that’s why they need effective strategies to replace their old behaviours.

Having that awareness is also crucial because if we can recognise a student with learning difficulties is feeling overwhelmed or out of control, we can support and assist them before they display any challenging behaviours.

Contact Justin Clark at Hope Tutoring

Please contact me if you are a parent or teacher looking for learning difficulties training, whether it be for dyslexia, austims (including aspgers) other learning difficulties and children suffering from trauma. The training I provide is usually one-on-one and specific to your particular needs and situation.


Learning Disability Training

Justin Clark, MEd, MlearningInnovation, BEd, BA

If you have any questions, call us on 0407 407 223.