Dyslexia Support – Synthetic Phonics Course

Dyslexia Support – Synthetic Phonics

Learning Links’ new ‘Dyslexia Support – Synthetic Phonics’ online professional learning course provides a strategic way to teach children and adolescents to read with more structure, more enjoyment and less cognitive overload.

Are you wanting to teach reading with a synthetic phonics approach but you don’t know where to start?

Do you have a synthetic phonic-based program but you aren’t sure how to use it?

Are you wanting to level up your current approach to teaching reading?

If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then this is the perfect professional learning resource for you!

About the Synthetic Phonics course

There is only one way to teach reading – incorporating a synthetic phonics approach – and we have created a comprehensive online course to teach professionals what synthetic phonics is and how to start using it.

This course is designed as a follow up to our introductory course, Dyslexia Decoded, but it can also be completed as a standalone course to learn how to teach reading to all children and adolescents effectively.

We know the frustration experienced by all when reading doesn’t come easy. Being well supported by research, we also know that using a synthetic phonics approach is the only way to teach reading. That’s why we’ve developed this course – to provide you with a deeper understanding of synthetic phonics and provide you with the confidence and skills to support children and adolescents with reading difficulties.

Upon completion of this course you will know how to structure a reading lesson using a synthetic phonics lesson approach with or without a program, use synthetic phonics resources effectively, help children and adolescents progress to reading larger words and assess their progress in the key areas of reading.

This course includes a large suite of downloadable resources to provide you with almost everything you need to teach reading. The only thing you need to provide is a good quality set of decodable readers and we will help you select these.

The self-paced format of this course provides a flexible and customisable approach to professional learning. You can complete the course one lesson at a time, at a pace and intensity that suits you. We’ve recorded the content so you can watch this wherever you like. You have access to all videos for six months, there’s plenty of time to watch and re-watch as you need. The comprehensive resources are yours to keep forever.

Who is it suitable for?

The material in the ‘Dyslexia Support – Synthetic Phonics’ professional learning course has been designed for anyone who teaches children and adolescents to read. This includes:

  • Classroom teachers who want to help children and adolescents who find reading difficult
  • Learning support, diverse learning and special education teachers who are already providing support to children and adolescents who struggle to read and are wanting to strengthen and level up their intervention
  • Speech pathologists who are providing support to children and adolescents with literacy difficulties
  • Other professionals supporting reading difficulties in both primary and high school settings

The course is designed to support your ongoing learning and help you help children and adolescents to read, even when they are frustrated because reading is hard.

What’s included in the Dyslexia Support – Synthetic Phonics course?

The comprehensive professional learning course includes:

  • Eight self-guided professional learning modules, providing an in-depth guide to understand the components of effective synthetic phonics reading lessons and assessment.
  • Three hours of video content broken down into 65 short lessons and an extensive 72-page workbook with reflection prompts and suggestions for putting your learning into practice. We estimate the entire course would take approximately six hours to complete.
  • 24 downloadable resources including teaching tools, charts, templates, reports and reviews. Download these and you’ll be able to use these with children and adolescents after completing the course.

Teaching Tools






How much is the Synthetic Phonics course?

The self-guided online Synthetic Phonics course, including all resources is $197.00.

This gives you an individual license with six months access to the content, including any updates.

Licensing options are available for multiple users. Please email us to discuss your requirements at workshops@learninglinks.org.au

Course Developers

Lizzie Davis

Lizzie Davis

Lizzie has a Masters in Special Education, School Improvement and Design and has worked as a primary school teacher in a range of school systems and settings for the last 20 years. She is passionate about breaking barriers that limit learning and is committed to providing high-quality, evidence-based and practical professional learning to colleagues.

Samantha Hornery

Dr Samantha Hornery

Samantha is a primary school and special education teacher with over 20 years’ experience, and has gained a PhD in Dyslexia Interventions. She is dedicated to providing evidence-based practice and has spent her career empowering children who have difficulties learning to succeed at school.

Dyslexia Support – Synthetic Phonics Course Outline

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Module 1

The Science of Reading

How we Learn to Read

Reading Theory Models – The Simple View of Reading

Reading Theory Models – The Reading Rope

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Module 2


The Alphabetic Principle and Alphabetic Code

Structured Literacy

Systematic Synthetic Phonics

The Value of Systematic Synthetic Phonics

Systematic Synthetic Phonics in Context

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Module 3

Phonemes and Graphemes

Articulation Guide



Teacher Pink Outline

Module 4

Lesson Components and Intention

Explicit Teaching of Phoneme-Grapheme Correspondences






Oral Reading

Progress Monitoring

Phonics Flash Card

Module 5


Phonics Pack

Blending Cards

Dictation Sentences

Oral Reading

Other Resources

Lesson Planning

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Module 6

Multisyllable words

Closed Syllables

Vowel Consonant-e (VCe) Syllables

Open Syllables

Vowel Team Syllables

r-Controlled Vowel Syllables

Consonant-Ie (C-Ie) Syllables

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Module 7

Phonological Assessment

Phoneme-Grapheme Assessment

Decoding Assessment

Encoding Assessment

Assessment Walkthrough

Dyslexia Troubleshooting

Module 8

Differentiation Based on the SVR

General Troubleshooting and Support Strategies

Targeting Specific Challenges

Older Readers

Copyright Agreement

When you purchase this online course, you are agreeing to purchase that online course on the following terms:

The access of this online course is personal to you, identified by the email address supplied, and you may not share or transfer your rights to access the online course or provide access to any other person.

The videos and downloads supplied for you in this online course is to be used exclusively for education purposes, and cannot be repurposed for any commercial purposes.

The materials in this online course are the copyright of Learning Links. We thank you for your business and look forward to working with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

The course supports:

1.2 Understand how students learn

1.5 Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities

2.5 Literacy and numeracy strategies

3.6 Evaluate and improve teaching programs

5.1 Assess student learning


At the completion of Module 4 a statement of professional learning standards will be supplied.

The Dyslexia Decoded course content is also suitable for allied health professionals working with children who find reading difficult.

This course can support psychologists to gain a better understanding of Dyslexia to aid in diagnosis and to provide practical recommendations in assessment reports.

Speech Pathologists who provide support to children with Dyslexia and other reading difficulties may also benefit from this course.

The ‘Dyslexia Decoded’ online course provides an in-depth guide on Dyslexia that can empower parents and carers with the knowledge to advocate for their child. This information can help you navigate conversations with your child’s school or allied health professionals to find the best support for your child.

Live Zoom Q&A sessions will be run with Dr Samantha Hornery on the last Thursday of each month at 8am. Bring your cup of coffee and we’ll start the day together answering your questions.

Course participants will be sent links to register for each session.

The sessions will provide an opportunity for you to ask questions, provide feedback, gain clarification and test ideas with us.

Individual licenses can be purchased for the course, which are linked to an individual’s email. The license gives you six months access to the course, including all resources and any updates made to the content.

Each license is for individual use only and is not to be shared.

In the event that a teacher is no longer working at a school, you can request a transfer of this login. The new login will have full access to the 3 hours of teacher professional learning, all resources and ability to participate in the monthly live Q&A.

Multiple discounts are available for schools wishing many teachers to participate in this learning experience. Please email workshops@learninglinks.org.au with your requirements.


A transfer fee of $49.95 will be charged for the replacement login.

Schools can get in touch with us via workshops@learninglinks.org.au to discuss a package of licenses for your school.

We want you to feel completely assured that this is course is right for you and your students, so Learning Links is offering a no-risk money back guarantee.

If you make a genuine attempt to complete the course and attend a live Q&A session, providing us with an opportunity to help you, but still find that the strategies, the sequence, the framework and the library of resources don’t work for you, you will be offered a refund.