Working memory and reading difficulties

Working memory and reading difficulties

Cognition Clinic Professional Development Workshops

Overview:

Time: 7.15pm - 8.30pm 

Date: Tuesday 6th December 2016

Location: Australian Hearing Hub Lecture Theatre

Cost: $125 per person

Catering: Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided after the seminar. 

Course Materials: A course workbook with all materials will be provided. 


Description of Workshop: 

Research has consistently demonstrated verbal working memory deficits in children with dyslexia, and has shown that not only do these deficits not get better over time- but that they may even increase with age. Recently, working memory programs have been introduced to the market as a way to improve reading skills. Despite quite an abundance of research, and the promotion of working memory training, it is still unclear exactly how working memory is related to poor word reading and what the implications are for treatment. This seminar will explore how the two cognitive skills may be related, and what this means for children with dyslexia. 

About Speaker: 

Dr Erin Banales has been the Clinic Coordinator of the Macquarie Cognition Clinic for Reading since 2014. Dr Banales has previously held positions at both the University of Melbourne and University of Sydney in the area of Affective Disorders, and moved into the area of Developmental Disorders through her current position at Macquarie. Dr Banales completed her PhD in 2014, which focused on an aim to profile the nature of working memory deficits in children with reading difficulties (dyslexia) and to investigate the efficacy of working memory training in this same population. She is passionate about evidence-based assessment and treatment of dyslexia, in addition to assisting teachers and parents who are supporting children with reading difficulties. 

About the seminar: 

In this one-hour seminar, Dr Banales will discuss the methods of intervention for children with dyslexia, including the role of verbal working memory training in treating reading difficulties. She will also discuss the implications of poor working memory in the classroom and how these difficulties may be supported. 

Seminar outcomes: 

This seminar should provide attendees with a clearer understanding of the way verbal working memory and dyslexia interact, and offer further information about interventions and the methods used in treatment to combat learning difficulties and poor reading skills. 

Who should/should not attend? Any prerequisites, assumed/required knowledge: 

Teachers and clinicians who are involved with children who present with dyslexia and reading difficulties, and who are interested in learning more about the relationship between and treatment options for working memory and poor word reading. 

Getting There: 

The lecture theatre is located on level one of the Australian Hearing Hub, Macquarie University. 

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 and Balaclava Road. 

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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