Assessment and treatment approaches for children with reading and spelling difficulties

Assessment and treatment approaches for children with reading and spelling difficulties


Time: 8.45am - 4.00pm 

Date: Wednesday 26th October 2016

Location: Robert Menzies College Seminar Room

Cost: $400 per person

Catering: Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided. 

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

Description of Workshop: 

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.

About Speaker: 

Dr Saskia Kohnen is the Clinical Director of the MQ Cognition Clinic for Reading 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 identification 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 should 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/should not attend? Any prerequisites, assumed/required knowledge: 

  • 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

Getting There: 

Robert Menzies College is located on campus at Macquarie University. Access to the seminar room is through the gate on University Road- please refer to the map provided for access details.

On campus Parking Permits can be purchased at a special rate of $6.00. Please refer to the campus map for parking locations. Alternatively free street parking is available on Talavera Road.

Robert Menzies College is a 2 minute walk from Macquarie University Station on Herring Rd, and travel to and from the workshop by train is highly recommended. Macquarie University Station is on the T1 North Shore/Northern Line.

Cancellation Policy: 

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 Cognition Clinic for Reading, an 80% refund may be offered on production of a medical certificate.

Registration deadline: 1 week before workshop.

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