At The Dyslexia Hub we do things a little differently. As advocates of inclusion and diversity, we appreciate that one size does not fit all. This applies equally to everyone - even the members of our team! So whilst we have come together as professionals to collaborate, share our knowledge & expertise, and fight for a common cause, we all still operate as private practitioners.  

 

Listed below everyone's profile is a brief description of the services that they offer, their availability and their contact details.

 

Start by getting in touch with the member of our team who best meets your current needs.

 

For those who are unsure what it is that they need (we've all been there!), we recommend that you book an initial parent support session with Hub Director, Amanda, to devise a plan of attack. 

 

 

Amanda Kranz

Director - The Dyslexia Hub

Specialist Educator

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Amanda is a qualified special education and secondary school teacher with 15 years classroom experience. She has worked in both the Government and the Catholic sectors in various teaching and leadership positions.

 

Amanda has a Master’s degree in Learning Intervention (Specific Learning Difficulties) and is trained in both Yoshimoto OG and MSL. She is a consultant member of Learning Difficulties Australia. 

 

As well as screening for specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia, Amanda offers comprehensive clinical educational assessments as part of The Dyslexia Hub’s multi-disciplinary assessment team.

 

For parents either new to the world of learning differences or facing new challenges in their child’s dyslexia journey, Amanda also offers parent support and advocacy services.

 

Amanda provides specialist literacy and maths therapy for children, teenagers and adults with dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia. She also runs a weekly Homework Club for dyslexic teens. 

 

Amanda has a particular interest in twice exceptionality (individuals who are gifted with learning differences) and specialises in working with kids aged 9+.

 

Current Availability

  • Screening + Educational Assessments

  • Parent Support & Advocacy

 

Contact via email: kranz.amanda@gmail.com

 

https://www.amandakranz.com.au/

 

Elise Cassidy

Little Voices Speech Pathology

Speech Pathologist

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Elise is a Paediatric Speech Pathologist with over 20 years' experience working with children of all ages. She is the Director of Little Voices Speech Pathology and specialises in working with families and schools in the area of school-aged language and literacy development.

 

She is extremely passionate about the teaching of literacy and supporting schools and families to choose approaches that are evidence based.

 

Through numerous years of supporting students who have been let down by the current methods of literacy teaching in Australia, Elise has become a strong advocate for students with dyslexia, and is an active member of many Dyslexia support groups throughout Australia.

 

Elise is trained in many evidence based literacy programs, such as Orton-Gillingham, Sounds Write, and Dyslexia Action Literacy Program. She has a post-graduate certificate in Structured Teaching for Dyslexia from Dyslexia Action, and is on the board of directors for the national dyslexia charity, Code Read Dyslexia Network.

Current Availability

  • Screening + Language & Literacy Assessments

  • Parent Support & Advocacy

Contact via email:

elise@littlevoices.net.au

https://www.littlevoices.net.au

Deb Anthony

Deb Psychology

Psychologist

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Is your child struggling at school? Do you find it hard to get them to school each day? Tears, tantrums, or school avoidance/refusal? Are they having trouble learning or engaging with their learning? Do they just hate school and you don’t know why? The first step to supporting your child to better engage at school is to understand what is going on for them.

 

Deb is a registered psychologist with over 10 years’ experience in the field. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA). She has a Master of Clinical Psychology and a Graduate Diploma in Forensic Behavioural Science.

 

Deb currently works part-time at a local secondary school, so she has a strong, practical understanding of the needs and goals of students, parents and schools. She also knows what it’s like to struggle with school (having been diagnosed with dyslexia herself in adulthood), and has first-hand experience in parenting a child with dyslexia.

 

At The Dyslexia Hub, Deb offers:

  • Cognitive assessments

  • Therapeutic interventions for children & young people who struggle with school engagement, anxiety & school avoidance/refusal

  • Academic and vocational pathway decision-making support

  • Parenting support and advice

Current Availability

  • Cognitive Assessments

  • Counselling/Therapy

Contact via email:

debpsychology@gmail.com

 

Lisa Armitage

Let's Talk Literacy

Speech Pathologist

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Rebecca Signorini

Nitty-Gritty Literacy 

Specialist Educator

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Rebecca completed a double degree, Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) / Bachelor of Applied Science in 2003. Since then, she has taught primary age children in the government sector.

She has a passion for teaching children in their early years of schooling and ensuring that learning is engaging and evidence-based.

 

In 2017 she began Nitty-Gritty Literacy, a tutoring business specialising in quality literacy instruction. She completed her MSL (Multisensory Structured Language) qualification with the Institute for Multisensory Language Education in 2018. Since then, she has used this approach, along with her extensive literacy experience to improve the literacy outcomes for her students.

 

Rebecca has a special interest in ensuring that literacy education is a team effort. She likes to work with students, parents and schools to achieve the best possible outcome for each child.

 

Rebecca is an associate member of the Australian Dyslexia Association as well as a registered teacher with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

Current Availability

Literacy Intervention (Thursdays)

Contact via email:

nittygrittyliteracy@gmail.com

 

Catherine Mitchell

Specialist Educator

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Catherine is a qualified secondary school teacher with over 10 years classroom experience.

 

She has held teaching and leadership positions in the Government sector in Melbourne and the Kimberley, Western Australia.

 

Catherine is experienced teaching students with diverse backgrounds from primary school through to VCE and VCAL. She has a passion for teaching through practices that are evidence-based, positive and engaging.

 

Catherine is trained in Yoshimoto OG and has a Graduate Certificate in Learning Difficulties. She is a member of Learning Difficulties Australia.

 

Catherine has a particular interest in building the capacity of students who find reading and writing a challenge. She draws on extensive knowledge of the Victorian Curriculum to guide students towards improving their educational outcomes. Catherine promotes positive learning experiences by identifying the student's point of need, and adapting practices to target the individual.

Current Availability

  • Literacy Intervention (Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays)

 

Contact via email:
catherine17m@gmail.com

 

Lisa is a speech pathologist with over 25 years’ experience in the Community Health and Education sectors. 

 

She graduated from LaTrobe University in 1992 and became interested in literacy in 1995 after completing the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program (LiPS).

 

While she raised her family (two boys, now 17 and 19 years old) she ran a successful private practice, during which time she was also contracted to numerous schools.

 

In 2013, perplexed by the discrepancy between many children’s high language capabilities but severely reduce literacy skills, she pursued further training in dyslexia, completing a SPELD course with Michelle Hutchison and Daryl Greaves. She then became a qualified MSL therapist (Orton-Gillingham) through IMSLE. In 2019, she completed Ron Yoshimoto’s Advanced Morphology course and attended the Language, Literacy and Learning Conference hosted by DSF in WA.

 

Lisa has a strong grasp of the social and emotional consequences of dyslexia. She is inspired the research of Marianne Wolf and believes in the importance of empowering neuro-diverse learners. 

 

Lisa offers individual assessment & intervention for language, literacy and articulation difficulties, including dyspraxia. She can also attend school meetings, if required.

Current Availability

  • Language & Literacy Screening & Assessments

  • Language & Literacy Intervention (Monday - Friday)

Contact via email:

lisaletstalkliteracy@gmail.com

 

Anne Glynn

Anne Glynn Tutoring

Specialist Educator

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Anne has more than 35 years’ experience as a language teacher, having taught French and Indonesian at secondary level in both Government and private schools over that time.  Anne was also part of the pastoral leadership team as a Head of House for 15 years and understands the importance of taking a holistic approach to the wellbeing of students.

Anne has always been passionate about language and literacy, and has found a systematic, structured presentation of material to be the most effective approach for students, but especially for those who struggle with language, be it a foreign language or their own. 

Anne has a keen interest in dyslexia and, in recent years, has embraced OG (Orton-Gillingham) and MSL, as their structured teaching of literacy very much aligns with her own experience as a language teacher. Anne is trained in both Yoshimoto OG and MSL and provides literacy therapy for primary-aged children with dyslexia.

Current Availability

No current availability

 

Contact via email:
anne.glynn20@gmail.com
 

 

Rebecca Apted

Apted Psychology

Psychologist

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Rebecca is a registered psychologist with a Masters Degree in Educational and Developmental Psychology. Rebecca has over 15 years experience working in both the private and public education sectors.

 

Rebecca is currently raising four children, ranging in age from 3 years to 15 years. Rebecca proudly acknowledges that her practice as a psychologist has been greatly enhanced by her parenting experiences. Rebecca approaches all clients with the mind of a psychologist and the heart of a parent. She understands the anguish a parent can feel when their child faces challenges.

 

Rebecca’s professional focus is on the assessment and support of children who are experiencing learning challenges. She is fascinated by neuroplasticity and neurodiversity.

 

Rebecca has an extensive knowledge of the funding and support systems that operate in the various education sectors. As part of The Dyslexia Hub’s multi-disciplinary assessment team Rebecca is available to provide comprehensive cognitive assessments (WISC-V or WPPSI-IV) for children aged 4 years to 16 years, 11 months.

Current Availability

  • Cognitive Assessments

Contact via email:

rebeccaapted@outlook.com

http://www.aptedpsychology.com.au/

Shona Williamson

Hello Counselling

Child & Adolescent Counsellor


 

 

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Shona is a mother of 2, primary school teacher, specific learning differences teacher & a counsellor who is passionate about helping children and adolescents be the best they can be. She is motivated to help children find their unique strengths and how to utilise them in times of challenge.

 

Shona draws on over 20 years experience with children and families in many settings and takes a holistic approach to working with young people and their families.

 

Shona works practically with young people in areas ranging from:

•  Worry or anxiety

•  Negative, perfectionistic or self-critical thinking

•  Lack of confidence or resilience

•  Sadness or depression

•  Difficult behaviour

•  Anger or emotional outbursts

•  Sibling rivalry or conflict

•  Social skills or friendship issues

•  Social difficulties

•  Friendships

•  Separation anxiety

•  parenting

•  Emotional regulation

•  Young people who are resistant to therapy

Current Availability

  • Counselling (Saturdays)

Contact via email:

hellocounsellingmelbourne@gmail.com

www.hellocounselling.squarespace.com

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