How to make evidence-based decisions about treatments for poor readers

  • 09:00 AM
  • MGSM Macquarie Park Executive Centre
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Time: 9.00am – 1.00pm

Date: Friday 11th October 2019

Location: MGSM Macquarie Park Executive Centre

Cost: $300 per person (10% discount when enrolled in two workshops)

Catering: Morning tea will be provided.

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


Description of workshop:

The goal of this workshop is to equip people with the knowledge and practical skill needed to make evidence-based decisions about reading interventions.


About the speaker:

Professor McArthur is the Director of the Macquarie University Reading Clinic, and Head of the Department of Cognitive Science at Macquarie University. Over the last 20 years, she has held positions at the University of Western Australia (PhD student and researcher), Curtin University (lecturer), Oxford University (Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellow), and Macquarie University (NHMRC and ARC Research Fellow and administrator). The goal of her research is to determine what causes reading and language impairments in children, and discover how these impairments should be best treated. She is an active advocate for the rapid translation of scientific evidence into clinical practice.


About the workshop:

This workshop comprises three parts:

Part 1 outlines a step-by-step guide on how to make evidence-based decisions about interventions for poor readers (or, indeed, interventions for any condition).

Part 2 will illustrate this step-by-step process by assessing the evidence for numerous popular commercial products that are advertised as effective treatments for poor reading.

In Part 3, attendees will practice using the step-by-step process to assess evidence for and against interventions of their choice.


Workshop outcomes:

By the end of the workshop, attendees should be equipped with the knowledge and skills required to make an evidence-based decision about the efficacy of any intervention based on existing scientific evidence.


Who should/should not attend? Any prerequisites, assumed/required knowledge:

This workshop will be useful for people who need to make decisions about treating literacy problems; for example, teachers, special educationalists, speech pathologists, ophthalmologists, occupational therapists, medical practitioners.


Preparation before the workshop:

Prior to the workshop, attendees should identify at least one intervention that they wish to evaluate during the workshop. Ideally, each person will bring their own tablet (e.g., iPad) or laptop with wireless internet access (we will provide free wifi). If you do not have your own tablet or laptop, please let us know when you register so that we can arrange a device for you.


Registration deadline: 1 week before workshop.

Go to Macquarie University Reading Clinic website for more information on transport, parking and cancellation policy

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