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Dyslexia Australia provides assessment, evaluations and solutions.  Find out more about Dyslexia symptoms, characteristics and help for dyslexic children and adults.  Dyslexia Australia uses the Davis Dyslexia Correctional Program.Dyslexia Symptoms and Assessment.  See if you have 10 or more characteristics of dyslexia.  Related Learning Disabilities, Perceptual/Visual Difficulties, Dysgraphia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, ADD and ADHD.Dyslexia Australia provides solutions for reading, writing and comprehension with a Dyslexia Correction Facilitator trained and licensed with Davis Dyslexia Association International.Dyslexia Australia is proactive in dyslexia news, creating articles and has been published in magazines and in newspapers.  Read Dyslexia Australia's Articles.Dyslexia Australia answers many commonly asked questions about dyslexia.  Answers about phonics, cures, resilience, coloured lenses, program, diagnosis, and reading problems.Brenda Baird is a Dyslexia Correction Facilitator trained and licensed with Davis Dyslexia Association International.  Extensive training and knowledge of working with reading problems and behaviours associated with dyslexia.Dyslexia Australia is located in Springwood, QLD.  We are located only 20-25 min from Brisbane CBD and Airport and close to the Gold Coast.  Come to us or we can travel to you, should you live outside South East Queensland.

Frequently Asked Questions


Is there a cure for dyslexia?

No. We don’t have a disease or illness (mental or physical). Dyslexics can correct their reading problem when given the correct reading method.

Are there different types of dyslexia?

There seems to be a lot of confusion around this.  Everyone experiences dyslexia differently and we all have different weaknesses and strengths. The attached article explains the  types or labels  'dysphonetic'( dysphonesia)and 'dyseidetic' (dyseidesia). Click here

Letter Position Dyslexia - Letter order confusion is a common symptom of dyslexia (see article).  Dyslexia Australia provides a quick and easy solution to this symptom.


Evidence based research indicates phonics/synthetic phonics is the best way to start off learning to read.  However, there is no research to support this is the best way for a dyslexic to read particularly after the initial instructional stages of reading (Grade 1 or the end of grade 2 at the latest).  We have not found any particular method meets the Institute of Education Sciences criteria as evidence based (link).  Further article: link,, link and link.  Further Research:  link. and link.  We use the Davis Dyslexia Correction® method as highlighted in independent research on this link.  This method suits those learners who continue to struggle after the initial stages of learning to read and are continuing to struggle using the evidence based method of phonics.

How long should phonics be taught

There are many good phonics programs currently available for young children.   Current research indicates ..."if phonics instruction begins early...it should be completed by the end of year one..."(read more).  This is supported by new research out of New Zealand which found..."sounding out words is not necessary past the initial stages of reading... read more 2012 and 2013.. However, even the best phonics programs does not suit all children (link)

Further research: NCTE 2005 ASCD 1994, Visual Learner, University of Michigan, University of Canberra, NICHD , UK, Live Science, University of Otago: research 1 and research 2,

Should teachers be trained better in phonics or synthetic phonics?

Teachers are the first line of fire.  Here is something to consider:

In the USA, billions was spent on a federal literacy policy which included phonemic awareness instruction, phonics instruction, fluency instruction, vocabulary instruction, text comprehension instruction, independent reading, computer assisted instruction and teacher professional development. 

A follow up study on this policy, published in 2012 by The Centre on Education Policy, found an increase of 9 percentage points in school literacy failure. Research

In 2009, the UK government invested 9 million pounds to run synthetic phonics programmes in schools for the early years (see article).  In 2012, the National Literacy Trust in the UK states "Four out of 10 pupils fail phonics tests".  See link

Professor Bob Burden, former BDA trustee, argues that dyslexics may be more in need of therapy or counselling than specific teaching interventions. … It may even be that the person with dyslexia is suffering from a surfeit (excess) of phonics...article link

The English Teachers Association of NSW states...phonics advocates claim that the only really "scientific" evidence for reading is on their side. This continuing claim is simply intellectual dishonesty. In fact, it is not at all uncommon that the studies cited to support the efficacy of phonics instruction are studies which simply prove that students become better at the phonics tasks which they are set , ie better at sounding out drilled letters and words rather than better at understanding reading.  See this link for full statement.

Research - ...children who have significant learning difficulties in literacy did not achieve...see link for more details

What is a Dyslexia Friendly School?

There currently is no Australian Government funding available for the establishment of a National Accreditation program for dyslexia friendly schools...see more


Do you use phonics or linguistic based tutoring?

Phonics is the best way to teach children to read (it suits 80-90% of children).
Phonics works well for people that think in sound. A dyslexic does not think in sound. One-third of children are visual learners, one-third are auditory (sound) and one-third are both visual and auditory.  Dyslexics are visual learners therefore they will struggle with reading in a phonics based style.   If your child is struggling after the initial stages of learning to read (at the latest by the end of year 2) then continuing in a phonics based approach may negatively impact on your child's learning experience (see research).  At Dyslexia Australia we work with children who are still struggling with reading and are past year 2.  Our focus is not on the teaching of phonics however we help to consolidate the child's prior learning of phonics in a meaningful and stress free way.

Should you prefer to continue with a phonics based only approach a list of suppliers can be found on this link.

What is the difference between Dyslexia Australia and a multi sensory language or linguistic approach (MSL)?

We are not a tutoring service.  Dyslexia Australia's multi sensory non-phonics approach uses a experiential, visual, auditory encoding and kinesthetic approach without the emphasis on teaching phonics. This is suited for those children who continue to struggle after the initial stages of learning to read (age 7 or 8 up) or adults.

A multi sensory language or linguistic tutoring approach to reading has an emphasis on teaching phonics (phonemics/synthetic/analytical/sounding out)  using auditory, visual and kinesthetic strategies.   This is an excellent method to teach children to read as it suits a large percentage of learners in grade 1 and 2 (80-90%). However,research is limited. See research: link  link., link, link, link, link, link, link, link, link


Is there a quick fix?


Are you a tutoring services?

No, we are Educational Therapists. We work one-on-one with a child for 5 consecutive days to fully address the learning problem and emotional difficulties associated with the negative learning experience.  We work with the parents to guide them in how to help and address the difficulties experienced at home.  A commitment is required from the parent to continue with the post-program work.  A parent and child commitment is a pre-requite to acceptance into the program.

What is evidence based teaching?

Evidence based teaching is based on studies on phonics (synthetic/analytical) or explicit teaching.  Some studies show "evidence" this type of instruction meets the needs of nearly 80-90% of children in the learning to read stage..  There is no studies or research to show phonics meets all children's learning style. 

 Evidence shows that phonics is less successful for older children.  Link, link, link, link

 If your child is still struggling with learning to read after receiving 2 years of "evidence based" teaching then consider he/she might be in the percentage of children that struggle with this method and an alternative is needed to meet their learning style. link   and   Response to Rose Report

Is this a resilience program?

Self-awareness, understanding and taking control are critical factors in achieving success. Within days our clients experience all three of these key components. Their self-esteem will regenerate as they experience success with learning for the first time. They gain skills to succeed rather than coping strategies or behaviours.

Will coloured lenses help?

Dyslexia Australia will successfully correct perceptual distortions of words or symbols (known as Perceptual dyslexia) without the use of glasses or coloured lenses. 

Coloured lenses are for a condition known as Irlen or Meares-Irlen Syndrome (aka scoptic sensitivity syndrome) NOT for dyslexia. The Irlen Syndrome is a condition characterised by visual distress. Some of the problems associated with this syndrome are sensitivity to light or colour, poor depth perception, lack of facial recognition and visual distortions. For help for Irlen/scotopic sensitivity in Brisbane contact: Dr Mark Woolf 07 3344-5866

This condition is separate from Dyslexia and should be treated separately.
Myths and Facts about Irlen Syndrome

Is there a one size fits all program?


Will a professional diagnosis provide funding?

QLD Department of Education  and the Federal Government do not have dedicated funding for a student with dyslexia.   However, an assessment can guide your school to make appropriate accommodations.

Dyslexia Australia offers an Education Assessment, including screening for dyslexia.  Our assessment includes a report with recommendations to the school.  Please contact us to make an appointment with our independent, qualified Psychologist.  Currently, this service is only offered in Brisbane however our services will be extend when sufficient interest is expressed. 

Note: Fees apply to our testing services.   Pre-screening or on-line assessments are usually free however are used only as a guide or a resource to assist parents or teachers.

At Dyslexia Australia we provide the answers to "why" there is a reading/learning problem and "what" is needed and "how" to create a positive solution.

Do we need a diagnosis to work with you?

No. Our on-line assessment and initial consultation is sufficient.

Can you work with other reading problems such as Auditory Processing.

The root cause of a reading problem is dyslexia unless there are other conditions involved (brain damage caused by accidents or other conditions such as Downs Syndrome). Labels such as Auditory Processing or Language Based Disorder simply describes a symptom that particular person has. 

CONTACT -  click here to book an in office consultation or arrange a Dyslexia Screening Test.

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