Macquarie University Reading Clinic Professional Development Workshops
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.
Time, Date and Location:
8:45am – 4pm
Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Robert Menzies College Seminar Room
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 identifaction 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.
By the end of this workshop, attendees whould 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 attend?
- 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
A course workbook including all materials will be provided on the day.
“Jones, K., Castles, A., & Kohnen, S. (2011). Subtypes of developmental reading disorders: Recent developments and directions for treatment.”
A PDF copy of this paper will be emailed out to all registrants one week before the workshop.
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