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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. 

 

 

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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.

 

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. She specialises in working with kids aged 9+.

 

Amanda has a particular interest in twice-exceptionality (individuals who are gifted with learning differences) and in 2022 will commence PhD studies through La Trobe University's SOLAR Lab.

 

Current Availability

  • Screening + educational assessments

  • Parent support & advocacy

 

Contact via email: kranz.amanda@gmail.com

 

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

 

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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

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Lisa Armitage

Let's Talk Literacy

Speech Pathologist

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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 assessments

  • Literacy intervention - Wednesdays via Zoom (school hours only)

Contact via email:

lisaletstalkliteracy@gmail.com

 

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Kiaya Edwards

Sounds Fun Speech Pathology
Speech Pathologist

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Kiaya (rhymes with fire) is a paediatric speech pathologist with a strong interest in speech, language and literacy in pre-school and school-age children.

 

With experience in school settings, Kiaya is dedicated to working with families and teachers to support learning in the classroom and beyond. She is dedicated to home practice and classroom recommendations that are fun, engaging and responsive to the environment while being manageable for everyone involved.

 

Kiaya is passionate about evidence-based intervention and teaching practices, immersing herself in current research and literature. She draws on her knowledge from ongoing professional development, programs such as Sounds-Write, as well as her work at Little Learners Love Literacy.

 

Kiaya’s natural playfulness and sense of fun comes across in her sessions, integrating the child’s interests to create a motivating and positive experience for all.

Current Availability

  • ​Language & literacy intervention - Mondays & Wednesdays at The Hub (school hours only)

Contact via email:
hello@soundsfun.com.au

Website:

www.soundsfun.com.au

 

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Anne Glynn

Anne Glynn Literacy

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
 

 

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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

​No current availability

 

Contact via email:
catherine17m@gmail.com

 

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Caroline Spina

Specialist Educator

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Caroline is a specialist literacy educator, trained in both Yoshimoto OG and Sounds-Write, and is committed to delivering evidence-based literacy intervention to school children of all ages.

 

A Linguistics major, she has more than 20 years of teaching experience and is a qualified high school teacher, specialising in English and EAL. Caroline is also currently undertaking LETRS training.

 

Prior to her training in literacy intervention, Caroline spent 15 years delivering academic English classes to international students at university level, with a strong focus on reading, writing and listening skills, pronunciation and grammar. She was a teacher trainer in the EAL field throughout this time, and is an examiner for the English language test, IELTS.

 

Caroline is a mother of three school-aged children and is proud of having provided them with a strong foundation to their literacy journey. She is passionate about supporting other young people to navigate literacy, believing that any child can make progress with evidence-based intervention when provided with an encouraging and supportive learning environment.

Current Availability

  • No current availability

Contact via email: 

carolinespina.literacy@gmail.com