$55 – $65

Developing Functional Literacy Skills

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West Lakes Community Centre

West Lakes Boulevard

West Lakes, SA 5021


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This workshop outlines how to teach functional literacy skills required for day-to-day living, independence and quality of life.

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What do we mean when we talk about functional literacy (e.g. shopping lists, community signs, menus, and recipes)?

When should the focus shift from academic literacy to more functional literacy?

How can we teach literacy, especially to students where typically teaching strategies haven't been successful ?

What are important components of teaching literacy according to the research?

Why is fluency just as important as accuracy?


Dr Alexandra Ahlgren is a behavioural analyst who began her career in ABA in 2013 when she commenced employment as an in-home therapist with children with autism. She has designed and overseen ABA programs that address skill deficits across all developmental domains, conducted functional behavioural assessments, designed behaviour support plans and provided support to staff at schools, kindergartens and day/child care settings. She is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst since 2015, one of only five in South Australia, and is founder of ABA for Change.

Nicole Schaumloffel is a speech pathologist who graduated from Speech Pathology at Flinders University with honours in 2012 and stepped straight into a career in early intervention with children on the Autism Spectrum. Nicole has worked in-home and in early intervention centres as a behaviour therapist, Speech Pathologist and manager. She has trained in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and has used it extensively with a range of age groups. Nicole has spent time in a specialist Literacy and Numeracy clinic using science-based interventions to accelerate learners and she is passionate about providing the best possible evidence-based practices to those she works with. She is currently studying a Masters of Education- Applied Behaviour Analysis at Monash University and takes a special interest in sharing ABA with other Speech Pathologists, as well as education and health professionals. Nicole is skilled at working with children with challenging behaviours or limited attending skills who have had difficulty accessing traditional speech therapy sessions. She is particularly interested in supporting children with speech and literacy development using science based intervention to support learning.


  • A certificate of attendance referenced to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
  • Electronic handouts of the powerpoint and notes
  • Hard copies of the notes
  • Afternoon tea

Intended Audience:

This workshop is suitable for special education, junior primary, primary, secondary educators and assistants as well as parents and other professionals.

Testimonials from previous workshops:

'I loved that the topics covered and information expressed was applicable to all students not just those with special needs. It’s a whole class approach too! Very practical!' Nicole Zacher

'I liked the way the professional learning was presented with strategies to support behaviours.' Amelia Pickard

'Clear and to the point. Relatable to school environment. Do-able'. Marie Foreman'

Full of information and examples, scenarios and ideas to take away. Talk time at the end of the session was good to be able to discuss different strategies'. Leesa

'I liked the examples during the slideshow. Breakdown of behaviour management strategies used now and overtime and how they have/ haven’t worked.' Alison McConachy

'Informative. Practical ideas for students with learning disabilities.' Helen Braley

'The strategies were clearly set out and identified and explained thoroughly.' Emily Shepherd

'This workshop exceeded all my expectations.' Abbie Kemp


How do I request an invoice?

You can request an invoice by sending an email to info@inclusiveeducationplanning.com.au with the following information:

  • Name and location of event
  • Number of tickets
  • Name /s of participants
  • Name of the person/school/ organisation responsible for payment

Please note that tickets will be confirmed and resources provided upon payment.

What can I bring into the event?

You require a pen and something to lean on when writing.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You can contact Inclusive Education Planning at info@inclusiveeducationplanning.com.au

What's the refund policy?

You are entitled to a refund up to 30 days prior to the event.

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