TALC Services

TALC provides tutoring and academic support as well as Direct Instructional tuition for learning difficulties at primary/middle school level.

Services include the development of Individual Learning Programs and/or Behavioural Intervention Programs, which can be implemented in the home and school classroom.

Literacy tuition: Reading and Spelling including phonological and phonemic awareness, planning, sequencing and the development of writing skills.

Numeracy tuition: Basic and intermediate skill development. Number, space, measurement, working mathematically, problem solving, and times tables training.

Learning difficulties: Working memory difficulties, expressive and receptive language difficulties, auditory processing difficulties, and comprehension difficulties.

Assessments and ongoing evaluation and reporting including
Diagnostic testing for Dyslexia


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One-to-One Tutoring and Academic Support


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  • Individual programs designed to increase literacy skills at the primary/middle school levels. These programs include; phonological and phonemic awareness, sight words and decoding and encoding skills as the basic building blocks for reading and spelling.

  • Progressively, programs are designed for students to develop a variety of reading strategies to increase speed, fluency, intonation and comprehension whilst exploring a variety of different text types and genres.

  • Writing programs are designed to help students plan, organise and structure their written work using evidence based strategies and formats. This also includes developing the skill of transferring knowledge from reading activities into planned and sequential written work.

  • Spelling programs are designed using a combination of synthetic phonics and rule based strategies. The programs are continually evaluated and assessed to ensure the spelling knowledge is being transferred into all written work.

  • Handwriting programs are designed to ensure correct formation and pencil position is developed to aid the speed of writing and also to ensure the letters formed are being correctly associated with the sounds and letters being taught at school.

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Direct Instruction for Numeracy Issues & Discalculia

Individual programs to increase numeracy skills at the primary/middle school levels.

Programs are designed to develop basic and intermediate numeracy skills of number, space, measurement, working mathematically and problem solving. Programs can also be developed to enhance 'higher order thinking skills' to problem solve at more difficult levels. Week to week programs can be designed to reinforce the current concepts students may be learning in the classroom.

The Apps Learning Centre (TALC) uses a direct instruction approach to teach children with dyscalculia. The follow are included in this method:

  • Use concrete materials to demonstrate visually.

  • Teach to the student's preferred learning style.

  • Teach more than one way to solve mathematical operations.

  • Teach only one concept at a time.

  • Language should be kept to a minimum and specific cues given for various mathematical operations in word problems.

  • Encourage students to visualise mathematical problems. Allow students to draw a picture to help them understand the problem and ensure they take time to look at any visual information such as charts and graphs.

  • Explain new concepts in a logical manner.

  • Encourage students to teach a concept back in order to check understanding.

  • Directly teach the language of Mathematics.

  • Always bear in mind the language of Mathematics differs significantly from CHECK MISSING TEXT

  • Make use of mnemonics and visual prompting cards to assist students in memorising rules, formulae and tables. Repetition is also very important.

  • Always match the strategy to the student's identified needs and abilities.

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Synthetic Phonics & Direct Instruction for Dyslexia

Individual programs designed using synthetic phonics, syntactic cues, semantics and sight words to develop a solid skill base for reading and spelling.

The Apps Learning Centre (TALC) uses a direct instruction approach to teaching dyslexia using two evidence based synthetic phonics programs - Sounds Write and Alpha to Omega.

By using synthetic phonics children learn to link letters to sounds and then blend them to read. They also learn to segment words into sounds and then link them to spell words.

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Thinking Skills

Programs designed to improve working memory skills, expressive and receptive language skills, auditory processing difficulties and comprehension difficulties.

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Diagnostic Testing for Dyslexia

The Apps Learning Centre (TALC) uses the Lucid Rapid Dyslexia Screening for dyslexia in the 4 to 15 age range. The screen provides three non-threatening tests that are sensitive cognitive indicators of dyslexia. Each component has been individually standardised, validated and calibrated to maximise accuracy in detection of dyslexia and prevent dyslexic children 'slipping through the net'. There are very low rates of false positives ('false alarms') and false negatives ('misses').

The tests in Lucid Rapid

  • Phonological Processing (4 - 15 years)

  • Working Memory (4 - 15 Years)

  • Phonic Decoding Skills (8 - 15 years)

  • Visual-verbal integration memory (4 - 7 years)

  • Immediate results with automatic interpretation

Results are available immediately: a simple print-out of results, which incorporates automatic expert interpretation, gives clear indication of the probability of dyslexia in every case. The automatic interpretation feature means that a Working Memory Test can also be used very effectively by non-teaching staff. The accompanying manual provides guidance on differentiated action after screening.

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Individual Assessment &
Behaviour Intervention Plans

Initial assessment and planning using 'best practice' diagnostic tests and assessments.

Intervention Plans designed collaboratively with the students, parents and classroom teacher:

IEP - Designed to enable students to set achievable goals and outcomes to work towards in a mainstream classroom. These would target particular strengths and areas of concern and use them to cater for the individual needs of each student. These would be reviewed each term.

BIP - Designed to ascertain the function of negative behaviours and plan proactively to implement strategies to reduce poor choices and negative behaviours which act as barriers to learning and friendships in a mainstream classroom.


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Catering for Individual Learning Difficulties

Specialist Screening, Behaviour Intervention Programs and Academic Support for:




Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Developmental Delay

Sensory Processing Disorder

Auditory Processing Disorder

Working Memory Issues

Gross Motor/Fine Motor Difficulties

CONTACT US for more information about screening for these conditions

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NDIS Coordinator

The Apps Learning Centre now provides the following ndis registered services:

Assistance to integrate into school or other educational program; (Early intervention literacy, sensory  therapy and somatic experience therapy (for trauma); and

Assistance in coordinating or managing life stages, transitions and supports (supports coordinator)

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Holiday Programs Including Intensive Reading

The Apps Learning Centre (TALC) is offering an intensive reading program to accelerate these reading skills. Available in 5 or 10 day packages, your child would have explicit, multi-sensory instruction in:

  • oral reading/fluency;

  • sight vocab development;

  • segmenting/ blending words; and

  • comprehension skills.


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NEW Preschool Program



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Homework Programs for Literacy or Numeracy

These motivating computer programs use games to teach and reinforce all aspects of Literacy or Numeracy. The licensed programs are personalised to the child's skill level and can be monitored by our teachers to ensure that the program remains suitable for the child as they progress. They can be used either in conjunction with regular sessions or on their own with some additional support from our teachers.

The Literacy Program aligns with the current individualised program and covers all aspects of phonics, letter patterns, spelling rules, syllables, and alphabet and dictionary skills.

The Numeracy Program aligns with the current individualised program and covers all aspects of numeracy including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals and percentages. The program addresses many of the difficulties which lead students to dislike maths. These include poor short term memory, limited attention span and poor sequencing skills. To help those with dyslexia and dyscalculia, many of the games give a visual idea of what is happening when you add, subtract, multiply or divide. Fractions and decimals are also shown visually.


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Long Distance Service Available

A long distance service is available based on the above Homework Programs for Literacy or Numeracy.

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