CAE Workshop

Literacy – Inclusive learning to meet all learners’ needs


5 days (includes 1 day for assessment)

Who should attend

Parents and learning facilitators who are working with special needs children, struggling with reading.


Your child struggles with reading and you can’t seem to understand what’s causing them to stumble. This course provides practical based training for teaching reading to children with learning difficulties by:

i. Ensuring that you understand the essential pillars in supporting effective learning;

ii. Equipping you with an overview of phonemic awareness to support your child in reading;

iii. Preparing you for instances when kinaesthetic and vestibular learning are critical in supporting reading;

iv. Providing you with an understanding of visual learning techniques;

v. Giving you an overview of the approaches to reading books

vi. Using various writing techniques to complement your child’s reading progress; and

vii. Ensuring that you understand how to use techniques to complement each other rather than in isolation.

Programme description

This programme is designed to provide you with a strong foundation that will enable you to teach reading to special needs children more effectively. It is a practical based workshop that includes role playing activities, interactive workshops, and simulations.


Laying the Foundation


Learning Objective(s)


  • Ensuring that you understand common issues that lead to reading difficulties

The importance of parents

  • Understanding the critical role that parents play in a child’s learning
  • Building conducive environments for your child to learn

The essentials

  • Restoring confidence in your child
  • Ensuring that a child has the proper nutrition and is able to learn
  • The importance of sufficient sleep for learning

The foundations

  • Learning techniques to build the foundations for learning in your child such as:

i.     Balance

ii.     Sequence

iii.    Organisation

iv.   Memory

v.    Focus

Ways to teach reading

  • An overview of ways to teach reading including:

i.     Phonemic awareness

ii.     Kinaesthetic and vestibular techniques

iii.    Visual learning techniques

iv.   Foundation skills for reading and writing

The different thinker

  • Understanding that techniques are most effective when used in complement to each other and to the child’s learning style


Phonemic Awareness


Learning Objective(s)


  • An overview of phonics
  • Understanding when and why phonics is useful and how it can be an effective tool to teach reading.
  • Understanding why it should not be the only tool

Introducing the Sounds

  • Introduction to the basic sounds
  • More complex sounds: digraphs and graphemes
  • How to teach the sounds to children


  • Allowing child to blend the sounds of different letters to make a word
  • Different methodologies and activities that can be used to support blending

Sound Recognition

  • Learning to identify the sounds at the beginning, middle and end of words
  • Activities and games to provide reinforcement

Tricky words

  • Tackling tricky words (e.g. I, the, and was) early on to prevent your child from shutting down


Kinaesthetic and Vestibular Learning


Learning Objective(s)


  • Understanding the importance of kinaesthetic and vestibular learning
  • Helping children to learn reading kinaesthetically, in support of phonemic awareness and visual tools
  • Learning how to use tools, props, and games to facilitate kinaesthetic and vestibular learning


  • Making your own props to ensure that your child is able to identify different sounds and understand rhythm, along with their significance to reading
  • Using props to give your child practice with phonemic awareness
  • Useful games to emphasise and hone phonemic awareness

Spelling and sight words

  • Helping your child spell and read sight words using clay
  • Giving your child kinaesthetic opportunities to learn spelling
  • Devising exciting games to give your child practice with sight words or difficult words


  • Supporting your child’s ability to comprehend through role pays, making clay representations, building props, and drawing pictures


  • Helping your child break words down into syllables by using materials such as wiki stix
  • Using every day games to give your child practice with breaking words into syllables


Visual Techniques


Learning Objective(s)

The different thinker

  • Determining types of learners and multiple intelligences

Visual Spatial Learning (VSL)

  • Many dyslexics are strong visual learners
  • Understanding how Visual Spatial Learners learns compares with “neurotypical” learners
  • Strengths and weaknesses of Visual Spatial Learners
  • Breaking down the different types of reading difficulties

Pre-reading and decoding skills

  • Overview of visual pre-reading skills
  • Using pre-reading games to support reading
  • Providing children with decoding strategies to support their learning


  • Equipping child with various visual based strategies to not only read text but comprehend the underlying messages conveyed in texts


Foundation Skills for Reading and Writing


Learning Objective(s)

Introduction: Reading a Book

  • What reading really entails
  • Underlying physical and cognitive skills involved when reading a book

Shared Reading using Picture Books

  • Introduction to shared reading and its importance
  • Approaches and strategies to shared reading with a child
  • Post-shared reading activities and exercises using kinaesthetic and vestibular methods.


  • The role of gross, fine motor skills  and eye-hand coordination in writing
  • Developing these skills through various exercises
  • Letter formation, spelling and punctuation
  • Writing activities

Pillars of Learning

Listening and Attention




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