Working memory and reading difficulties

Working memory and reading difficulties

Cognition Clinic Professional Development Workshops


Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm 

Date: Wednesday 9th August 2017

Location: Robert Menzies College Seminar Room

Cost: $175 per person

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

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 workshop 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 University Reading Clinic 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 workshop: 

In this two-hour workshop, 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. 

Workshop outcomes: 

This workshop 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: 

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

Registration deadline: 1 week before workshop.

Enrol in both the Evidence-Based Decisions workshop AND the Working Memory workshop and receive $25 off the total price! Students must enrol in both workshops at the same time for the discount to be applied.

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