LDC Learning Difficulties Symposium

  • 09:00 AM
  • Castle Hill RSL. Phoenix Room, 77 Castle St, Castle Hill
  • Learning Difficulties Coalition: tel: 02 9806 9960 email:

Seminar One
Reading Disorders: Presentations and Treatment

Presented by Dr Saskia Kohnen (Clinical Director, Macquarie University Reading Clinic)

This presentation will provide a brief overview of the causes of reading difficulties. Several current definitions of reading difficulties will be critically evaluated. The main focus of this presentation will be a theoretical framework which teachers and health-professionals can utilise to understand the various presentations of reading difficulties, provide evidence-based assessments and treatment recommendations for primary and high school students.


Seminar Two
Supporting Vocabulary Across All Grades and Subjects

Presented by Dr Samantha Hornery (Education Manager, Learning Links)

Are you concerned about your students’ understanding of what they have read? Do you want more strategies to help your students expand their vocabulary? Vocabulary is the one of the most important predictors of reading comprehension – to understand something you have read you need to know what the words mean. The demands of vocabulary also increase as the years of schooling increase, this impacts both reading comprehension and writing for our students. In this practical workshop you will learn how to select the words to teach and develop strategies and resources to introduce words and build a stronger vocabulary for students in both primary and high school grades, and across all subject areas. You’ll leave with some great tips to empower your students to keep expanding their vocabulary.


Seminar Three
Emotional Regulation and Anxiety for Students with ADHD and Learning Difficulties

Presented by Andrew Greenfield (Child and Educational Psychologist)

In this seminar Andrew will discuss specific practical strategies to assist students with emotional regulation and anxiety difficulties. He will outline steps involved in modulating and changing one’s primary emotional response and will include some research key findings in relation to emotional dysregulation/anxiety and ADHD. There will be a focus on practical strategies and specific tools to assist with these processes.



9.00am Registration
9.20am Welcome
9.30 – 11.00 Seminar One
11.00 – 11.15 Morning Tea (provided)
11.15 – 12.45 Seminar Two
12.45 – 1.30 Lunch (provided)
1.30 – 3.00 Seminar Three


COST: (includes morning tea & lunch)

Seminar Payment Only
$95 Seminar – LDC Member
$165 Seminar – Non LDC member

Seminar & NEW Membership Offer
$125 Seminar entry & NEW Individual membership (until 31.5.20)
$145 Seminar entry & NEW School membership (until 31.5.20)


Register Online at LDC

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