SPELD Victoria and TALi support children with learning difficulties

16 Feb 20212-minute read
SPELD Victoria and TALi Health

TALi Health is thrilled to announce that it is working with leading advocacy and advisory organisation SPELD Victoria through a long term collaboration to assist in making a vital contribution to improve learning opportunities and educational outcomes for children with learning challenges.

Attention skills influence how children understand and adapt to their environment. TALi Health are offering SPELD Victoria parents the ability to gain insight into their child’s attention abilities when it presents as an issue at home and/or at school. SPELD Victoria practitioners can recommend TALi DETECT when attention difficulties are observed. A child’s cognitive attention performance profile can add valuable information to support parents and school.

Part of AUSPELD, an Australian national body with a rich 50-year history, SPELD Victoria provides support, information and service delivery through diagnostic assessment services and consultations, as well as holding workshops for parents, carers, teachers and allied health professionals. For TALi, to partner with SPELD Victoria means working at the forefront of raising awareness throughout the community, advocating at all levels of government, and drawing from SPELD Victoria’s half century of invaluable, evidence-based experience.

Pete Saunders, Chief Operating Officer of TALi, says he looks forward to the opportunities that this partnership with SPELD Victoria will bring.

“SPELD Victoria provides incredibly valuable support to children with learning difficulties. We are honoured to play our part in providing those children with the tools and resources they need to succeed. The SPELD Victoria team is so passionate about what they do, and we are also committed to contributing to research that can further help their work.”

Together, TALi and SPELD Victoria will co-present workshops and develop a range of content for professional learning programs and other development resources. The collaboration will also include the presentation of important research papers and participation in joint funding applications for research projects.

One of the first events supporting a key aspect of the MoU was a Town Hall webinar event facilitated by TALi's Clinical Lead, Dr Simone Gindidis: How might we re-imagine the relationship between the Australian health and education systems to promote better outcomes for children with attention and learning difficulties?

Presented by another TALi partner, Thrive By Five, speakers included Jay Weatherall, Dr Rosemary Cahill and Australian of the Year, Dr Fiona Stanley, as well as Claire Stonier-Kipen, CEO from SPELD Victoria.

SPELD Victoria will be recommending TALi's digital cognitive assessment tool, TALi DETECT, to parents of children who are undergoing assessments and who also present with attention difficulties. The results of the DETECT assessments may be discussed with TALi  who may recommend TALi TRAIN – TALi's digital attention training program – where deemed to be of benefit.

Of their work together, Claire Stonier-Kipen, CEO from SPELD Victoria says “SPELD Victoria warmly welcomes this collaboration with TALi knowing that consideration of attention issues will enhance the support parents and schools receive in enabling the best learning journey for children.”

For more information about SPELD Victoria, including events, memberships and donations, visit www.speldvic.org.au