Workshop Details

Course details 

During this course you will explore the latest developments in neuro-diversity to understand how dyslexia fits within a wider spectrum of neuro-diverse conditions. Dyscalculia and Irlen’s are also discussed. You will also examine how people exhibit a combination of these conditions and how to work constructively with these learners.  

By the end of the course you will be able to create resources and other written material that is sensitive to the needs of dyslexic learners. You will also be able to understand and work with the positive features of dyslexia as well as the challenges to become a more inclusive educator. 

Course Outline 

The webinar series provides for three hours of direct interaction covering:  

  • Webinar one: What dyslexia is 
  • Webinar two: What the institution should do 
  • Webinar three: What the individual should do 

There will also be an optional 1.5 hours of additional discussion time with the facilitator. It is expected that participants will also complete reflection about the learning and trial new practices with their learners.  

Who is this course for? 

This webinar series is suitable for those with beginner to intermediate knowledge and targeted at tutors, learning support staff, education management staff, resource developers, assessors and moderators in a tertiary environment. The course would also be suitable for government departmental staff with a focus on education. 

Participation in this webinar will be an integral part of the Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark for tertiary education institutions that is currently in development. 

About the facilitator 

Mike Styles has worked in the areas of adult literacy and numeracy and dyslexia for over 20 years. 

Over the past 7 years he has specialised in dyslexia and related learning differences. Mike has led research projects into dyslexia in adults in New Zealand and has presented at conferences in the United Kingdom, Italy and Australia. 

When he is not presenting webinars and workshops for Ako Aotearoa, Mike works as a National Specialist – Literacy and Numeracy for Primary ITO and is a dyslexia practitioner and consultant. 

Taking that next step in your professional learning and development is easy with Ako Aotearoa. Everything we do is evidence-based. Everything you’ll learn is practical, high-quality, effective and sustainable.

We offer three main ways to learn and develop with us.

  1. In-house Learning and Development
    We can come to you to deliver in-house professional development. Contact us to discuss your needs and budget or download our in-house PLD flyer.
  2. Public Workshops
    Come to one of our half-day or full-day public workshops taking place throughout the year in different parts of the country.
  3. Online learning courses
    Our online courses use a combination of  synchronous and asynchronous, facilitated learning and incorporate time for practical application.

See the full range of public workshops available in the Northern, Central and Southern regions.