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Teaching Students with Dyslexia:  Levels 1 – 3


3 x 3 Day Workshops

For more information about these Workshops please contact Bill Hansberry

Teaching Students with Dyslexia (TSD) has been delivered all over Australia for people wanting to learn to effectively support students with severe reading disorders who have not responded to tier 2 reading intervention programs.


The complete training spans three levels: three days of intensive, highly practical training. Participants will learn to teach the Playberry structure using the Playberry program materials and how to create additional teaching resources for the Playberry structure.


Those who wish to follow the training right through the three levels will have, upon completion, trained for nine days and amassed the understandings and materials to deliver a remedial (tier 3) structured, cumulative, multi-sensory, synthetic phonics remedial program that is considered the gold standard in dyslexia remediation.

Schools Using the Playberry program can apply for Playberry Accreditation through the Playberry Accredited Schools Program. Parents will immediately recognize these schools as providing gold-standard literacy intervention.

Tutors who meet our training standards and who commit to ongoing professional development with us may be admitted to the South Australian Literacy Specialists (Dyslexia) Register - SALS(D). This register has become a trusted referral resource for local Educational Psychologists and other Specialist Tutors already on the register.

Teaching Students with Dyslexia Level 1 (TSD1)



This course is designed to provide specialist intervention teachers and tutors with an understanding of dyslexia as a learning disorder. The main focus will be introducing participants to content and methodology for tutoring in a tier (wave) 3 withdrawal situation. Participants will learn to teach using the first 21 teaching points of the Playberry T3 Intensive Multisensory Intervention Program.                                                                                                            

This three-day program is based on research (Oakland, Black, Stanford et al., 1998) which indicates that remedial instruction for students with dyslexia needs to incorporate the following:

  • Highly structured phonetic instruction training with a heavy emphasis on the alphabetic system.

  • Drill and repetition are also necessary to compensate for difficulties in verbal working memory.

  • Multisensory methods are required to help anchor verbal information through non-language mental representations.

  • Learning objectives need to be highly sequential because the logic of language structure may escape these students.

  • Comprehension and meta-cognitive processes need to be taught to assist these students in the conscious use of language rule systems to guide their reading and spelling.


The course combines theory and practice, but practical teaching strategies are the main focus. Observation of Alison tutoring children is part of the course. Participants will be given a certificate to verify their attendance and completion of the course.


For those seeking further training in the methodology advocated for tutoring students with dyslexia, a Level 2 Course will be conducted later.

Teaching Students with Dyslexia Level 2 (TSD2)



TSD2 focuses on the practical application of a structured multisensory program and follows the Playberry T3 Intensive Multisensory Intervention Program.                          . Participants are equired to prepare a full lesson and teach it to a partner on the day three.


Prerequisite: Completion of Teaching Students with Dyslexia Level 1.


Topics covered:

  • Programming and evaluating progress and response to intervention (RTI)

  • How to teach the complex teaching points from Playberry T3 pack two (TP 23-42)

  • Examining and comparing Educational Psychologists’ reports

  • Orthographic analysis of words 

  • Working with multi-syllable words

  • Preparing structured, multisensory materials, learning tasks and reading material in line with the Playberry T3 structure

  • Metacognitive and memory strategies

Teaching Students with Dyslexia Level 3 (TSD3)


TSD3 focuses in greater depth on the practical application of the Playberry T3 Intensive Multisensory Intervention Program.   


Prerequisite: Completion of Teaching Students with Dyslexia Levels 1 and 2.


Topics covered:

  • Practical sessions on assessment resources and evaluation procedures 

  • How to teach the complex teaching points from Playberry T3 packs three and four (TP 48-86)

  • Morphology in detail using the Word Cracker resources

  • Introduction of new teaching points using directed discovery teaching (DDT)

  • Revisiting spelling rules and grammar

  • Evaluating students’ progress

  • Adapting Playberry T3 to focus on spelling for students who need it


On the final day teachers will be required to introduce an advanced Teaching Point of their own choice to a partner.  Group discussion and evaluation will follow.

Is the program structure that participants of TSD learn to teach with and create additional resources for.

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