We provide personalised literacy intervention programs as well as specific training teaching students, parents and teachers to use assistive technology.


Literacy Intervention

Literacy intervention goes hand-in-hand with Assistive Technology. We can’t meet a student’s needs by employing one without the other. High quality multisensory intervention programs are required to ‘go back to basics’ and teach students letter/sound knowledge, develop their phonological processing skills, teach decoding and comprehension strategies, spelling rules, practice dictation and develop their writing ability. Assistive Technology helps the student to keep up in the classroom today, whilst intervention fills in the gaps from yesterday, last term and last year (and often from a few years ago).

Good quality reading and spelling intervention programs are structured, phonic-based and multisensory, allowing for repetition and overlearning. Activities will need to be done many times during the week: one hour a week with a specialist teacher will not be enough to make lasting changes in the brain to allow for reading and spelling success.

Literacy intervention is available Monday to Thursday at the Petrie Office, or by arrangement in Schools.

Intervention provided is:

  • Structured: it follows a specific sequence, building on skills as they are mastered
  • Multi-sensory: the more senses that are used the faster and easier learning is
  • Phonic-Based: research shows that most students need explicit teaching in phonics to master the sounds in English for reading and spelling
  • Intensive: brain-change will only take place when practice is completed each day. Exercises are set for daily practice
  • Based on Memory Research: we use techniques supported by recent memory research

Who is Literacy Intervention suitable for?

  • Students in Prep upwards
  • Students who are finding learning to read slow and difficult
  • Students lacking confidence
  • Students showing anxiety related to reading
  • Students who are not reading and spelling at their age-level

What does Intervention involve?

  • Pre-assessment to work out starting level
  • One hour lessons weekly
  • Specific homework exercises to be completed daily
  • Exercises to develop phonological awareness
  • Explicit teaching of phonemes (sounds) and graphemes (letters) for English
  • Parent involvement in each lesson
  • Post-test to record progress

A.T. Training

Individual sessions are provided to teach students how to use specific technologies to support their learning.

AT Training sessions are held at either the Petrie office Monday to Thursday, or at the Child Development Network at Milton, on Fridays.

Live Online sessions are also provided so that students around Australia can access support.

Who is A.T. Training suitable for?

  • Students in Year 1+
  • Students not achieving potential
  • Students lacking confidence
  • Students needing to use technology to  access content
  • Students who have completed some intervention

What does Training involve?

  • Evaluation to identify needs
  • Trial of different software
  • Explicit teaching in the use of software
  • School-type exercises to develop skills
  • Developing independence in school tasks
  • Parent training in the use of software
  • School meetings
Thank you for your support in these sessions with my student. It has made such a positive difference to his learning mindset.
The progress my son has made is amazing. The typing & use of Notability & ClickerDocs in the classroom has really boosted his confidence when approaching writing tasks.

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