Meet the team
I am a linguist and author who spends a lot of time thinking about reading and writing. My greatest joy is to work with children who struggle with literacy and basic maths.
I am a huge fan of evidence and research and will not use or promote a program or method that isn’t very best practice, according to scientific consensus.
There are simply too many pitfalls for concerned parents, who want the best for their children, but find themselves navigating a maze of sciency-sounding programs and under-qualified practitioners.
Here is my training so far:
- The Lindamood LiPS Program
- Spelling for Life
- Spalding Writing Road to Reading Program
- The Nanci Bell Seeing Stars Program
- Read Write Inc.
SCIENCE OF LEARNING
Amanda is a proud parent to three dyslexic children. Being the only neurotypical in her household of 5 comes with challenges, added responsibilities mayhem and hilarity.
Also having a background in psychology and sociology affords Amanda a unique view of the struggles of dyslexia, and the strengths that can be developed as a response.
Amanda has a keen interest in the roles and responsibilities of schools and governments. She is also very aware of the interaction and impact that anxiety, working memory, executive functioning and social skills have within the school environment for dyslexic students.
As a parent and educator, Amanda’s passion is to advocate and to teach. Her current studies in speech-language pathology have increased her enthusiasm for and knowledge of best practice and she uses evidence to guide her every move.
She puts it this way:
Children with Dyslexia are often the canaries in the coal mine for low quality teaching practices. My role is to protect children from a school system that often naively uses experimental or outdated approaches.
My training allows me to utilise and build skill in unaffected areas of development, whilst treating and minimising deficit as much as is possible.
I am excited to share my knowledge and expertise to help build a collaborative team that promotes communication between parent/caregiver, child, literacy specialist and school educators to gain the best education for your child.
Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology/Sociology)
Master of Speech Pathology (Current)
Spelling for Life course
Amanda is a prolific writer and has blogged about her experience with school advocacy here.
Sue is an experienced primary teacher of 25 years. As well as classroom teaching, her experience is in using best practise to tailor individual pr ograms to specifically meet the needs of each child in the areas of maths and English.
She does this using a positive and reassuring approach, yet doesn’t mind challenging her students at the same time. She likes to encourage her students to be the best they can be.
The Lindamood LIPS Program
Spelling for Life
Spalding Writing Road to Reading Levels 1 & 2
Language for Life
EMU (Extending Mathematical Understanding Prep-3)
Jacqui comes with a wide range of expertise.
Over my years of teaching I have encountered many methods for teaching literacy, but I found many just didn’t reach the children who were struggling. I became increasingly focused on evidence based approaches for best practice teaching of literacy. This led me to undertake a Masters of Speech Pathology and, here to Lifelong Literacy.
I am excited to be delivering programs that actually help students progress, build confidence, and give them a much needed and deserved ‘leg up’ in literacy.
Masters of Speech Pathology (current)
Registered teacher Victorian Institute of Teaching
Spelling for Life
Language for Life
SPELD Victoria Teacher Training Course on Specific Learning Difficulties
BA Professional Writing
I come with over 10 years experience successfully assisting students in the classroom with learning both literacy and numeracy, as well as supporting students with learning challenges and disabilities.
I have always enjoyed the enormous satisfaction that comes when I have worked with individual children, watching them grow with confidence as each little step is achieved and they continue to blossom as they achieve their goals.
I have experience with a number of different literacy programs and am excited to use the best programs with proven methods to help your child achieve their goals.
I like the saying.. ‘teach a child 10 words and they will only know 10 words. But teach a child to read, write and say 10 sounds and they will learn thousands of words!’
Every child should have the joy of their own lifelong learning through reading, writing and communicating.
Bachelor of Science with Media
Honours in Biological Science
Read Write Inc.
The Power of Instructional Strategies for Effective Literacy Learning
Making it a Success” (Teaching and Behaviour Support Strategies for Students with ASD)
Many other courses such as ‘Increasing Student’s Engagement & Participation,’ ‘Resilience Development’ and ‘Growth Mindset’.
Ayla is also familiar with many other modes of literacy instruction.
Christianne’s journey with her precious boy led her to Lifelong Literacy. She is our newest tutor. Aside from her excellent training, her warmth and dedication are the qualities that made us welcome her into the practice. Christianne knows only too well how frustrating and demoralising it is to be a child in the school system who receives very little appropriate literacy support. In Christianne’s words:
Hi, my name is Christianne and I have a beautiful little boy who has dysgraphia and severe anxiety.
Over the past few years of watching and helping my son through his struggles it has lead me on my own journey of wanting to help other beautiful children who, like him, are struggling. Through research I have found some fabulous courses to help educate myself better so I could help my son improve his literacy goals.
Recently I have just started my MSL training and I am very excited to start helping others as well. I am very passionate and care greatly about helping children achieve their potential as no child deserves to be left behind for any reason, especially when there is help out there.
Bachelor of social science (criminal justice)
Spelling for Life course
Cath will be working with secondary students who need support and guidance in essay writing, English literature and note-taking and planning.
Two of my passions and work pursuits have involved language and art. I have taught in both of these areas at primary and secondary schools, craft councils and women centres in Victoria and the Northern Territory.
I am committed to helping individuals enjoy their own and others’ expressions and to find some contentment in the world.
The ability to read and write are important abilities which can help them achieve this.
Bachelor of Education Degree (Secondary Art and Crafts),Melb Uni.
TESOL diploma (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages),MelbUni.
Art therapy diploma,Latrobe Uni.
Writing and illustrating ‘Redressing the Volcano’ which explores the degradation and replanting of Tower Hill.
We’re not big fans of anecdotes and parent testimonials, but I love what I read in this email from the mother of one of the most brilliant, hardworking boys I’ve ever met:
“Thank you Lyn for giving us the gift of reading.
After two and a half years working with a team of professionals and tutors (including educational psychologists, speech and language pathologists, a dyslexia specialist and an audiologist) my son had made very little progress.
I was advised that his language and literacy challenges were complex and severe, and that I should prepare for a life of special accommodations.
After just three months of tutoring with you my son has made more progress than ever before, we both have renewed enthusiasm and optimism and, best of all, my son has begun to read!
I am incredibly grateful for the joy and hope you have given us.”
Feedback from the mother of an eight-year old.
Contact us today for a free, confidential initial consultation. You can also call us on 03 5976 8465