Antonia is an educational consultant with a Master’s Degree in special education. Antonia uses recognised standardised tests to assess those with learning difficulties such as dyslexia, ADHD, and autism before designing an individualised program for each student.
Antonia is also trained in the Orton Gillingham phonologically based multisensory approach.
Antonia is an autism early intervention provider.
Antonia is a member of the Australian Dyslexia Association, SPELD NSW and the International Dyslexia Association.
International organisations such as UNESCO, the OECD, the UK Government, the International Dyslexia Association as well as the Australian Government recognise multi-sensory phonologically based teaching as the preferred treatment for dyslexia and associated learning difficulties.
Antonia has practised as a remedial teacher in both the private and public school system in special schools and in the regular school setting.
Antonia practices in Kingsgrove.
Antonia is a trustee of the Dyslexia Advocacy Resources & Education Charity trust (DARE), a public benefit institution with full tax deductibility.
Antonia is additionally a director of the Australian Dyslexia Foundation a health promotion charity that offers a range of tax concessions for those wishing to donate.
Both charities are devoted to advancing the treatment of dyslexia and associated learning difficulties by raising funds to train teachers in the Orton Gillingham method, financially support those with limited financial means gain treatment, to participate in the policy debate, and to act as advocates for those unable to fully represent themselves.
Antonia holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in music, from the University of Sydney and is a qualified music teacher. Antonia plays violin and recorder.
Antonia’s presentations include:
• Epilepsy and Autism Literature Review and Case Study of a 24 year old with autism & epilepsy in Autism Practitioners Conference given by University of Canberra – Division of Education & Communication February 2006
• ‘Square Pegs in Round Holes – Should students with autism be ‘included’ in regular education?’ Autism Spectrum Disorders – The Cutting Edge of Treatment and Management – conference presented by the Centre for Developmental Disability Studies University of Sydney August 2005
• ‘Dyslexia’s identification and remediation in a school context’ – a contribution to a conference, ‘Learn Well, Live Well’, July 16th 2012 – presented by NSW Department of Education & Communities for 180 teachers and school counsellors at Bankstown.
• Presentation on dyslexia for parents and carers 19 July 2012 Rouse Hill Library
Success and Dyslexia: Sessions for coping in the upper primary years
Book and CD; Nola Firth and Erica Frydenberg ACER Press 2011
Antonia is married with children to a psychiatrist.