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Assessment and treatment approaches for children with reading and spelling difficulties

Macquarie University Reading Clinic Professional Development Workshops

Dr Saskia Kohnen will present a one-day workshop on the evidence-based assessment and treatment of reading and spelling difficulties focussing on primary school aged children.

Time, Date and Location:
8:45am – 4pm
Wednesday, 18 October 2017
MGSM, Macquarie Executive Centre
99 Talavera Road, Macquarie Park

About the speaker:
Dr Saskia Kohnen is the Clinical Director of the Macquarie University Reading Clinic and an Associate Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders. Dr Kohnen has a degree in Patholinguistics (Linguistics and Speech-Language Pathology) from Potsdam University (Germany) and a PhD from Macquarie University. Dr Kohnen has worked in various clinical settings, including a clinic for illiterate adults and a remote Aboriginal school to supervise the implementation of a school-wide remedial reading program. Her particular research interests focus on (1) how children learn to read and spell, (2) why and in which ways the acquisition process can go wrong, (3) how to diagnose these difficulties and (4) how to remediate them. Dr Kohnen has developed a number of reading and spelling assessments for use in research and clinical practice.

About the workshop:
The workshop will be divided into two parts:

Part 1 will focus on the assessment of reading and spelling difficulties in primary school students. We will only touch on high school students' needs briefly. This part of the workshop will provide a theoretical and practical overview of assessments which allow identifaction of reading and spelling difficulties.

Part 2 will focus on the treatment of reading and spelling. This part will begin by mapping assessment outcomes to treatment. We will then work on treatment approaches for commonly seen reading and spelling difficulties. This session will include case profiles.

Workshop Outcomes:
By the end of this workshop, attendees whould be equipped with better skills in:

  • using cognitive models of reading to identify reading difficulties
  • using cognitive models of spelling to identify spelling difficulties
  • identifying children with heterogeneous literacy profiles
  • matching heterogeneous literacy profiles to appropriate interventions
  • applying training techniques that are relevant to the most common literacy difficulties in childhood

Who should attend?

  • Attendees can be speech pathologists, psychologists, neuropsychologists, special education teachers and students currently studying these degrees
  • Registrants are expected to have some knowledge and/or experience working with children with reading and spelling difficulties
  • Attendees of previous workshops who have many years of experience working with developmental reading and spelling difficulties have reported to benefit from the course

Course Materials:
A course workbook including all materials will be provided on the day.

Recommended Readings:
"Jones, K., Castles, A., & Kohnen, S. (2011). Subtypes of developmental reading disorders: Recent developments and directions for treatment."
A PDF copy of this paper will be emailed out to all registrants one week before the workshop.

Catering:
Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided. Please email yumi.sheehan@mq.edu.au with any dietary requirements

Getting There:
MGSM’s Macquarie Park Executive Centre is just 15kms from Sydney’s CBD and is easily accessible by car and public transport. Secure on-site parking available free of charge for attendees.

By car:
The Macquarie Park Executive Centre is an easy, 20 minute drive from Sydney’s CBD and approximately a 35-minute drive from Sydney’s Domestic and International Airport. On-site parking is free of charge for MGSM Executive Accommodation and conference centre guests (conditions apply).

By train:
Macquarie University train station is just a few minutes' walk from the Macquarie Park Executive Centre. Trains to Sydney’s CBD (and Epping line) depart every few minutes. Macquarie University to Sydney’s CBD takes approximately 25 minutes and approximately 4 minutes to Epping.

By bus:
Buses arrive and depart just a few minutes' walk from the Macquarie Park Executive Centre and travel to and from many Sydney Metropolitan areas, including the City, Hills District, North Shore, Chatswood, Manly, the Ryde and Carlingford areas, and the Western Suburbs.

More details on how to get there: https://www.executivecentres.mgsm.edu.au/macquarie-park/location

Cancellation Policy and Rules:
1. If a registrant cancels before the registration deadline of 1 week before the workshop, 80% of the fee will be refunded. The remaining 20% will be kept as an administration fee.
2. No refund is available after the registration deadline. However, another person may attend in your absence. At the discretion of the Macquarie University Reading Clinic, an 80% refund may be offered on production of a medical certificate.

Registration deadline: 1 week before workshop.

For further information about this workshop, please email yumi.sheehan@mq.edu.au

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