Assessment and treatment approaches for children with reading and spelling difficulties

Assessment and treatment approaches for children with reading and spelling difficulties

Overview:

Time: 8.45am - 4.00pm

Date: March 2019 (exact date TBA)

Location: MGSM Macquarie Park Executive Centre

Cost: $500 per person (10% discount when enrolled in two workshops)

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 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 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:

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: From 30 September this year, trains into and out of Macquarie University, Macquarie Park and North Ryde stations will be replaced by Station Link bus services.You can now plan your trip at  transportnsw.info for when the Epping to Chatswood train line will be unavailable due to upgrade works, before Sydney Metro Northwest opens in the second quarter of 2019.

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:

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.

Enrol in two workshops and receive 10% off the total price! Attendees must enrol in two workshops at the same time for the discount to be applied.

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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