WORKSHOPS THAT WORK

FOR EDUCATORS, PARENTS AND WORKPLACE

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Who are we?

Learning with Difference is a group of educational specialists dedicated to providing Professional Development in the areas of; dyslexia, ADD, ASD and other learning differences. A strong focus of our workshops is the enhancement of all learners through visual-spatial techniques. We tailor workshops to meet the needs of; teachers, teacher-aides, RTLB’s, SENCO’s and parents.

LORNA TIMMS

Bachelor of Education: Adult Education, Founding Trustee Dyslexia Foundation of NZ, Director Davis Autism International, Registered Davis™Supervisor Specialist Trainer, Davis Workshop Presenter

Lorna Timms, is an educator with a passion for curriculum development and guiding others to ‘learn how to learn’. For the past 30 years she has been immersed in education and assisting those with learning difference. Lorna is a talented Educator, facilitator and international speaker whose focus is to draw on the gifts and talents of individuals rather than their deficits in order to overcome their learning challenges. Lorna is one of the founding trustees of the Dyslexia Foundation of New Zealand, and currently wishes to drive for change, assisting those who live with learning differences to participate more fully in life.

SHELLEY MCMEEKEN

Certificate Adult Literacy & Numeracy, ATCL, currently studying Bachelor Social Services. Director: Davis Dyslexia Association – Pacific Region.
Davis™ Dyslexia Correction Supervisor/Specialist and Davis Autism Training Supervisor Member of Dyslexia Foundation of New Zealand

Shelley McMeeken has worked with dyslexia and education for over 17 years since discovering the methods that enabled her dyslexic child to successfully complete both school and University. Shelley has a background in Management and has also taught speech & drama to children for many years previously.

MELANIE CURRY

Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Education, Registered Davis™ Dyslexia & Autism Workshop Presenter, Davis™ Autism Supervisor Specialist Trainer Member of Dyslexia Foundation of New Zealand

Melanie Curry is a dyslexia and autism specialist, who is passionate about empowering individuals who have learning differences to help them realise their gifts, harness their potential and participate more fully in learning and life. She is a highly experienced classroom teacher, Davis facilitator and workshop presenter. She has also spent many years providing private home-based teaching for homeschooling families, as well as tutoring a wide range of ages in many curriculum areas.

FOR EDUCATORS

OPTIMISING VISUAL-SPATIAL LEARNING IN THE CLASSROOM

Visual-Spatial learning is the preferred learning style for the majority of our students.  Dyslexic and gifted learners are also primarily visual-spatial thinkers.  This workshop will provide practical, effective strategies for teaching visual-spatial learners, which are simple to implement within the classroom.  Ideal for teachers and teacher-aides.

WORKSHOP OVERVIEW

Aim:

To foster a deeper understanding of the value and benefits of visual- spatial learning techniques and how they can be implemented across the curriculum.

Learning Outcomes:

Workshop Content:

• The gifts and challenges associated with visual-spatial learning dominance.

• Comparison of visual-spatial learning verses auditory-sequential learning.

• Key visual-spatial teaching strategies.

• Ideas for using visuals in the classroom environment and school wide.

• Organisational techniques that can be applied to thoughts, planning and the physical environment.

• How to use plastiline clay for effective learning across the curriculum.

• Successful visual-spatial techniques for:

        • reading
        • writing
        • spelling

        • maths

• Ideas for gathering valid visual-spatial assessment evidence.

• Q &A

FOR PARENTS

SUPPORTING YOUR RELUCTANT LEARNER

Everyone wants to learn. If there is reluctance, there is a reason. Our mission is to bring the joy back into learning – for both child and parent. This workshop will take you on a journey of how learning blocks become established, and give many practical solutions for unlocking your child’s learning and creating positive, effective learning strategies.

WORKSHOP OVERVIEW

Aim:

To help parents understand their child’s learning needs and give them effective strategies to be able to support their reluctant learner.

Learning Outcomes:

Workshop Content:

• The reason behind the reluctance.

• A comparison of learning preferences.

• Using strengths to overcome challenges.

• Organisational techniques that can be applied to thoughts, planning and the physical environment.

• How to use plastiline clay for effective learning.

• Successful visual-spatial techniques for:

        • reading
        • writing
        • spelling

        • maths

• Q &A

 

FOR WORKPLACE

DYSLEXIA IN THE WORKPLACE – Realise potential and see results

People with dyslexia are often creative, out-of-the-box, big picture thinkers with a huge range of gifts and talents. Dyslexia also presents certain challenges. This can mean that dyslexia in adults becomes debilitating. Without support, it is likely that great potential will never be realised. The key to making the best of your dyslexic employees is to understand their thinking style, how it affects their working life and how you can best support them.

WORKSHOP OVERVIEW

Aim:

To give employers strategies to support and empower their dyslexic employees, using a dyslexia-friendly management approach.

Learning Outcomes:

Workshop Content:

• Understanding dyslexia – strengths and challenges

• Characteristics of dyslexia

• How to use their strengths to overcome their challenges.

• Optimising visual-spatial techniques in the workplace

• How to identify and manage dyslexic ‘triggers’

• Simple strategies to support dyslexic employees

• Q &A

TESTIMONIALS

“Three months later, I can still remember the image of the mind map I created at your workshop.  If it works that well for me, I know it will work for my students.”

“Some great ideas I can’t wait to try with all my students.”

“The presenter was so professional and approachable, but also authentic and real – empathetic and truly inspired to get this information out to us all.”

“Very pertinent and inspiring!”

“I will go home and look at my son in a new light.  Thank you for opening my eyes.”

“Appreciated the practical ideas!”

“Engaging and real for my class.”

“Even though the presenter has probably delivered this workshop many times, she still delivers as though it were stull the first time. It felt fresh, inspired and a beautiful energy at all times.”

NEWS AND EVENTS

 

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Contact Us

Phone:  0064 3 477 0056  


Mobile:  0064 274 399 020


Email: info@learningwithdifference.nz