Assessment and treatment approaches for children with reading and spelling difficulties

Assessment and treatment approaches for children with reading and spelling difficulties


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MURC is excited to announce that one of our most popular and highly-rated workshops presented by Clinical Director Dr Saskia Kohnen is now being offered as a two-day series

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Overview:

Time: 9.00am - 4.00pm

Date: Monday 9th March 2020 and Tuesday 10th March 2020

Location: Australian Hearing Hub Macquarie University

Early bird cost: $350 per day - take advantage of this early bird pricing until the 27th of January 2020!

Standard cost: $420 per day (discounts available for multiple enrolments, MQ staff, and MQ students)

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

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

Level: Proficient Career Stage. Stage(s): All stages

NESA Accreditation:

Completing each day of this course will contribute to 6 hours of NESA Registered Professional Development (12 hours in total if both days are attended) addressing 6.2.2, 6.4.2 and 2.5.2 from Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


Description of workshop:

Dr Saskia Kohnen will present two full-day workshops on the evidence-based assessment and treatment of reading and spelling difficulties focusing on primary school-aged children. Participants have the option of attending day 1 only (reading), day 2 only (spelling) or both days of the workshop.

About the speaker:

Dr Saskia Kohnen is the Clinical Director of the Macquarie University Reading Clinic and an executive member of the MQ Centre for Reading. 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 days:

Day 1 will focus on the assessment and treatment of reading difficulties in primary school students. We will only touch on high school students’ needs briefly. The first portion of the workshop will start by providing a theoretical and practical overview of assessments which allow identification of reading difficulties. We will then move on to mapping assessment outcomes to treatment and discuss treatment approaches for commonly seen reading difficulties. This portion of the workshop will include case profiles.

Day 2 will focus on the assessment and treatment of spelling difficulties in primary school students. We will only touch on high school students’ needs briefly. The first portion of the workshop will start by providing a theoretical and practical overview of assessments which allow identification of spelling difficulties. We will then move on to mapping assessment outcomes to treatment and discuss treatment approaches for commonly seen spelling difficulties. This portion of the workshop will include case profiles.

Depending on your interests and needs, it is possible to attend both days of the workshop (reading and spelling), day 1 only (reading), or day 2 only (spelling).

Workshop outcomes:

By the end of these two full-day workshops, attendees will 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:

The Australian Hearing Hub at Macquarie University is less than 20kms from Sydney's CBD and is easily accessible by car and public transport. It is located on the Macquarie University campus at 16 University Avenue. Secure on-site parking is available for attendees.

The workshops will be held on the third floor of the Australian Hearing Hub in Room 3.610 Marri Meeting Room. Take the elevators to the third floor, walk straight out and through the glass door marked 'reception'. The meeting room will be the first room on the left.

More details on how to get to the Australian Hearing Hub: http://hearinghub.edu.au/about-us/contact-us/

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

Registration deadline: 1 week before workshop.

Current MQ staff and full time MQ students are eligible for a discount. The MQ staff and student discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount.

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Content owner: Reading clinic Last updated: 18 Dec 2019 12:14pm

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