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What you will learn

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Students with learning difficulties are in every Australian classroom – but not every teacher has the training or confidence to best support them.

Designed for educators, allied health workers and carers, this Melbourne MicroCert will equip you with evidence-based knowledge and skills to help these students reach their full potential.

Introduction to Learning Difficulties has been co-designed by SPELD Victoria, the state's peak body for those with specific learning disabilities (SLDs).

Gain foundational knowledge of learning difficulties and SLDs

Examine core concepts such as how cognitive processes, executive functioning and working memory impact social, academic and emotional development. You'll gain the theoretical and practical skills required to teach students with learning difficulties.

Understand diagnostic labels and how to identify learning difficulties

Gain a better understanding of diagnostic labels as well as how to identify students who may have learning difficulties or SLDs (such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and developmental language or co-ordination disorders).

Explore literacy and numeracy development frameworks

Analyse real-world case studies and evidence-backed literacy and numeracy development frameworks to see where breakdowns in learning can occur. Explore how these frameworks can be used to improve the trajectories of your students.

Provide additional, targeted support for students

Develop an understanding of the relevant legal requirements, reasonable adjustments, accommodations and assistive technology that supports students with learning difficulties.

Gain essential practical experience

Put your new knowledge into practice and produce a detailed outline based on your professional context that defines the ‘next steps' for identifying and addressing learning difficulties, including SLDs. You'll gain valuable expert feedback on your work.

View this short video to get a stronger understanding of what this course covers.

Who you will learn from

Learn from skilled academic and professional experts who will share invaluable knowledge you can use in your job.

Professor Lorraine Graham

Professor of Learning Intervention, the University of Melbourne.

Lorraine’s work focuses on effective teaching of students with learning disabilities/difficulties, sustainable learning, basic academic skills in literacy and numeracy, strategy instruction and comprehension processes. She has collaborated on significant research projects and consultancies, authored more than 100 published academic works, and produced educational resource materials. Her current projects focus on teachers’ promotion of self-regulated learning.

Ashraf Samsudin

Specialist Education Consultant, SPELD Victoria

Ashraf specialises in the areas of intervention and support for students with specific learning disabilities. Drawing upon the latest in research, evidence-based practice and his 16 years of experience in the field with the Dyslexia Association of Singapore and SPELD Victoria, he is passionate about sharing best practices with schools and training teachers, professionals and parents to support students with literacy and numeracy difficulties.

More from this series

Take multiple courses to deepen your knowledge or stack towards a full degree.

The Supporting Students with Learning Difficulties series

The Supporting Students with Learning Difficulties series equips educators and allied health practitioners with the evidence-based knowledge, skills, and strategies needed to give students with learning difficulties the best chance of success.

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For individuals

To take Introduction to Learning Difficulties as a stand-alone course, you'll pay the normal price.

$990.00 AUD (inc GST)

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Registration closes Feb 26, 2023


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