Research and Resources

American Federation of Teachers

“Waiting Rarely Works: Late Bloomers Usually Just Wilt.”

Catch Them Before They Fall: Identification and Assessment To Prevent Reading Failure in Young Children

Joseph K. Torgesen:

Teaching Reading Is Rocket Science: What Expert Teachers of Reading Should Know and Be Able to Do

Moats, L. C. (1999). Teaching reading is rocket science: What expert teachers of reading should know and be able to do. Washington, DC: American Federation of Teachers.

This foundational report reviews the reading research and describes the knowledge base that is essential for teacher candidates and practicing teachers to master if they are to be successful in teaching all children to read well. Developed by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

Australian Dyslexia Association (ADA)

School Initiative

The Australian Dyslexia Association is concerned with the identification and educational treatment of those with dyslexia.

The ADA offer this initiative to schools, universities and others who offer evidence based teaching and learning programs that align with the ADA and IDA’s international standards on the teaching of reading and literacy. Please click here to find out how to become an ADA accredited school.

What is MSL (Multisensory Structured Language Approach): MSL Factsheet


Auspeld is the Australian Federation of SPELD Associations

Learning Difficulties: A practical guide – Revised Edition for principals, teachers and school psychologists

Understanding Learning Difficulties : A guide for parents

What is “Structured Synthetic Phonics”

Structured Synthetic Phonics: A Guide for Teachers and Parents


DSF Literacy and Clinical Services (The Dyslexia-SPELD Foundation of WA inc.) has provided vital support to West Australian children and adults with learning disabilities for over 40 years. It remains committed to improving the level of support provided to children and adults with learning disabilities and to the community’s understanding of specific learning disabilities, in particular, dyslexia.

Five From Five Project

The FIVE from FIVE Alliance is a group of organisations and individuals who support the objective of promoting effective, evidence-based reading instruction.

FREE Resources for Parents

Activities to develop phonological and phonemic awareness 

Phonics and at risk learners

FREE Teacher Resources

Real classroom teachers sharing their knowledge and experience in using the FIVE keys to reading from FIVE years of age everyday.

Watch Sarah Asome explain the importance of phonics in early reading instruction and its impact on later reading skills

Dr Jennifer Buckingham explains why it is so difficult to close the research to practice gap in teaching reading in this excellent presentation: Like frogs in a water well.

International Dyslexia Association (IDA)

IDA Mission

To create a future for all individuals who struggle with dyslexia and other related reading differences so that they may have richer, more robust lives and access to the tools and resources they need.

Dyslexia in the Classroom

The IDA has published a free ebook for teachers “Dyslexia in the Classroom: What Every Teacher Needs To Know”

Effective Reading Instruction

IDA has published a factsheet on Effective Reading Instruction including information on Structured Literacy.

The Ladder of Reading

This excellent visual by Nancy Young illustrates why a Structured Literacy approach is essential for some, and advantageous for all.

La Trobe University

Prof Pamela Snow: How poor reading and writing feeds the school-to-prison pipeline

LDA (Learning Difficulties Australia)

Learning Difficulties Australia (LDA) is an association of teachers and other professionals  based in Melbourne, VIC, and dedicated to assisting students with Specific Learning Difficulties through effective teaching practices based on scientific research.

LDA offers evidence-based Literacy and Numeracy Support. Please join today.

Learning Difficulties, Disabilities, and Dyslexia

LDA Position Statement on Reading Instruction May 2015

How Children Learn to Read by Molly de Lemos

Further professional learning with Louisa Moats’ resources


Welcome to the Macquarie Online Test Interface (MOTIf): an online platform for the administration and scoring of cognitive tests developed at Macquarie University.You can administer these tests online to one or more people and the results will be stored in your own private and secure test page. Alternatively, you can download hardcopies of the test materials and administer the tests offline.

Orton Gillingham / OG

“Orton-Gillingham is an instructional approach intended primarily for use with individuals who have difficulty with reading, spelling, and writing of the sort associated with dyslexia. It is most properly understood and practiced as an approach, not a method, program, system or technique. In the hands of a well-trained and experienced instructor, it is a powerful tool of exceptional breadth, depth, and flexibility.”

What is the OG approach? 

Outside the Square

“Dyslexia education and advocacy documentary films to empower students with dyslexia in Australian schools.”

A great series of films for schools and anyone with an interest in dyslexia. Created by dyslexia advocate, Tanya Forbes:

Outside The Square Film 2: Targeted Teaching for Students with Dyslexia

Effective strategies include:

  • Appropriate instruction
  • Multisensory learning
  • Classroom accommodations
  • Adjustments for assessment
  • Individual  Plans
  • Assistive technology
  • Tiered intervention

We highlight the importance of early identification and early intervention for children at risk.

The recognition of dyslexia as a disability and the National Dyslexia Working Party Recommendations are also discussed in detail.

Social and emotional support can greatly improve the future outcomes for student with dyslexia. We showcase the school program that will build self esteem and develop resilience.

Our dedicated teachers share their reflections that led to transformation in their teaching.

Progressive schools share their practices to support the education of students with dyslexia.

Specialist educators and researchers provide insight to effective teaching strategies to assist students with dyslexia in EVERY classroom of EVERY school.

Speech Pathology Australia

Speech Pathology Australia (the Association) is the national peak body for the speech pathology profession in Australia.

Speech pathologists study, diagnose and treat communication disorders, including difficulties with speech, language, fluency and voice. They work with people who have difficulty communicating because of developmental delays, stroke, brain injuries, learning disability, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, dementia and hearing loss, as well as other difficulties that can affect speech and language. People who experience difficulties swallowing food and drink safely can also be helped by a speech pathologist.

Find a Speech Pathologist: please click here


Speech Pathologist Alison Clarke’s website: Learning the building blocks of words – sounds, their spellings, and word parts.

For schools and teachers:

Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity

Evidence-Based Programs in Dyslexia Education

In this video, Dr. Sally Shaywitz (Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity) explains the difference between evidence-based vs. research-based programs, and why we need to select evidence-based programs to help dyslexic children succeed.


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