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Assessment and treatment approaches for children with reading and spelling difficulties

We wanted to let everyone know that one of Macquarie University Reading Clinic’s most popular workshops is now being offered as a two-day series online workshop in April 2021.

 

Overview:

Date: Thursday April 22nd 2021 and Thursday April 29th 2021

Time: 9.00am – 4.00pm

Location: Live on Zoom

Early bird cost: $412.5 per day (register by the 10th of March to take advantage of this discounted rate)

Standard cost: $485 per day (discounts available for multiple enrolments, MQ staff, and MQ students)

Course materials: A course workbook including all materials will be provided via mail prior to the start of the workshop

Description of workshop:

Associate Professor 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:

Associate Professor Saskia Kohnen is the Clinic Director of the Macquarie University Reading Clinic and an executive member of the MQ Centre for Reading. Saskia has a degree in Patholinguistics (Linguistics and Speech-Language Pathology) from Potsdam University (Germany) and a PhD from Macquarie University. She 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. Saskia 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 that 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 that 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

For more information or to register for one or both days go to Macquarie University Reading Clinic Website.

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