Literacy & Learning

Assessment, Planning & Intervention for children with reading difficulties.

Is your child struggling in the classroom?

Does your child have any of the following;

  1. Difficulty identifying letters and saying their sounds?
  2. Difficulty decoding (sounding out) words?
  3. Poor knowledge of letter combinations, eg. ch, ph, ai, ou, igh?
  4. Lack of fluency, accuracy and/or comprehension when reading?
  5. Inability to clearly express ideas in writing?
  6. Poor spelling?

Our staff at Hills Literacy & Learning are qualified teachers and occupational therapists using evidence based learning programs to help your child develop literacy and numeracy skills.

At Hills Literacy & Learning our aim is to develop the whole child. We recognise their talents while systematically filling in any gaps in their skills. We believe it is vital that students experience success and have the opportunity to learn in a calm, nurturing environment. 

Our team specialises in providing MSL (multisensory structured language) therapy to children and young adults experiencing considerable and consistent difficulty in reading and writing. This includes, but is not limited to those with dyslexia and dysgraphia. We use evidence based strategies, predominantly MSL therapy in conjuction with the Rip It Up Reading and Alpha to Omega programs. MSL therapy is explicit, direct and systematic phonics instruction.

We offer;

Assessments

  • To determine the child’s strengths and weaknesses in literacy and/or numeracy. Most importantly where their ‘gaps’ are,
  • To determine which type of intervention is best.

Intervention Options

  • MSL (multisensory structured language) / OG (Orton Gillingham),
  • Rip It Up reading program,
  • Spelling/Writing/Comprehension programs based on individual needs,
  • Individual program which focuses on single sound awareness with a multisensory language (MSL) approach,
  • Math U See.
Lee Doyle

Lee Doyle

B. Teach; B.Ed; M.Ed

Lee joined The Children’s Doctor in September 2014 and established Hills Literacy & Learning in early 2016, due to her strong desire to assist those who really need it! Lee has 17 years teaching experience in local primary schools in different roles such as classroom teacher, librarian and learning support.

She has a strong understanding of Dyslexia and Significant Difficulties in Reading, and has completed online Training for Special Education Needs. Lee has completed her training with IMSLE qualifying her as an MSL educator. She is also an AMADA candidate (Associate member of the Australian Dyslexia Association) and is a recommended SPELD tutor.

Lee has developed a multisensory toolkit to use in conjunction with Rip it Up Reading to enhance comprehension. She is a firm believer in individualised, targeted programming and only uses evidence based interventions such as MSL, Alpha to Omega, Rip it Up.

She has also created and teaches a ‘Tech Tools’ class that is designed for students in grades       5 – 8.  Students learn to use a variety of assistive technology apps, tools and tricks – things such as getting their devices to ‘talk to them’, using dictation functions, note-taking and organisation strategies in OneNote, as well as intuitive and predictive keyboards. These ‘tech tricks’ are combined with literacy tasks focusing on research, writing, spelling, editing and presenting and are highly valuable as students progress towards and through high school.

 

Karen Ekstrom

Karen Ekstrom

B. Teaching

Karen has 25 years teaching experience in local primary schools and currently teaches 2 days per week. She is highly experienced in working with children with special needs and in developing individualised learning programs.

She has a passion for numeracy/dyscalculia and is also trained in Rip it Up and MSL.

Karen has been with The Children’s Doctor and Hills Literacy & Learning since July 2016.

Tanya Pivcevic

Tanya Pivcevic

Occupational Therapist

Tanya graduated from the University of Sydney in 2002 and has worked as an Occupational Therapist for 10 years, specialising in Paediatrics for 5 years.  Tanya’s experience lays in assessing and treating children aged 3 to 18 years with a range of development needs including fine and gross motor, handwriting skills, visual perception, developmental play, learning delay and self care skills.

She has worked with children to achieve school readiness goals and is trained to identify the underlying causes of difficulties with handwriting, and provide therapy to specifically target and strengthen skills to improve a child’s handwriting.

Tanya has worked with varying difficulties that children present with such as low muscle tone, hypermobility, developmental disabilities, ASD, ADHD, motor coordination and planning difficulties, and sensory processing difficulties.