Rita Treacy – Founder and Owner, WordsWorthLearning Ltd.

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    Rita Treacy graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1986 with a BSc. (Hons) Degree in Remedial Linguistics (Speech & Language Therapy). Following one-year work experience in a community care clinic in Dublin, she relocated to Australia where she specialised in Specific Learning Difficulties / Dyslexia and associated language difficulties in children and adolescents.

    She returned to Ireland in 1991 and worked for 12 years in a multi-disciplinary team, in the St John of God Lucena Clinic, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) becoming Principal Speech & Language Therapist and Head of Department.

     

    In 2002, Rita established her own full-time Private Practice to further her specialism in the area. During that time she developed an online programme called “WordsWorthLearning” specifically to help children, young people and adults to overcome their reading and spelling difficulties. Rita is currently engaged (2018) in a EU funded pilot project (led by UCD) to improve learning outcomes for students with ADHD by introducing ‘Augmented Reality’ elements to the WordsWorthLearning programme. Another funded pilot project has commenced to assess and remediate literacy problems for a small group of volunteer  prisoners in Magilligan Prison, Northern Ireland. Rita’s first book entitled “Dyslexia Unravelled” (An Irish Guide to a Global Problem) was launched in March 2017.

     

     

    Title: “Flippin’ Homework” : Technology, Teachers & Parents Working Together.

    Synopsis: What will learning be like in 2036?”

    “Teachers and  students are getting flipped. For the children no more countless hours spent on homework when study after study shows it is not an effective way to learn. For the teachers, no more shouting at kids to do their homework. Pupils on a pilot project at St. Brigid’s National School in Greystones, Co. Wicklow, are using the WordsWorth Learning Programme for the flipped classroom model. Instead of the pupils listening in class and then doing the homework, they watch video tutorials outside class and do some interactive exercises to consolidate what they have been taught. The next day, they go back to school and build on what they have learned: they also learn from each other. “Using this peer-group learning approach means that the students become more involved” says Orla Teehan, Learning Support teacher at St. Brigid’s. “When they come to me they feel more confident because they have already done the work at home”.

    Innovation in the classroom Peter McGuire. The Irish Times, Thursday,  November 10th 2016.

    This presentation will explore the importance of collaboration between technology, teachers and parents, for children struggling with reading and spelling.