Dr Maryanne Wolf – Tales of the Reading Brain

  • 08:00 AM
  • Parramatta Mantra Hotel, Cnr Parkes St & Valentine Ave, Parramatta

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Presented by Learning Difficulties Australia

in conjunction with The University of Sydney and The Centre for Independent Studies

Dr. Maryanne Wolf
Tales of the Reading Brain: Reading Development, Dyslexia and the Digital Culture

Dr. Jennifer Buckingham
Senior Research Fellow Centre for Independent Studies & Director of FIVE from FIVE Literacy Project

Lisa Ridings
Senior Assistant Director Student Services, Association of Independent Schools


A unique Professional Learning opportunity for teachers, speech pathologists, psychologists, researchers and policy makers to hear an internationally acclaimed literacy expert, researcher and author.

Maryanne Wolf, Director of the Center for Reading and Language and Associate Professor of Child Development at Tufts University, received her doctorate from Harvard University where she began her work in cognitive neuroscience and developmental psycholinguistics on the reading brain, literacy’s development, and dyslexia. Her many awards include the International Dyslexia Association’s highest honours and recipient of the 2016 LDA AJLD Eminent Researcher Award. She is the author of over 140 scientific publications and of RAVE-O, an intervention program for struggling readers. Her popular book Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain, describes the way our reading brain has developed and explores the implications for today’s children who function in a technology-driven society.



8.00 am       Registration
8.45 am       Welcome     – Alison McMurtrie, Secretary LDA.
Introductions – A/Prof David Evans, Sydney University
9.00 am       Session 1     – Lessons from the Reading Brain for Reading Development and Dyslexia – Maryanne Wolf

11.00 am      BREAK
11.30 am      Session 2     – Lessons from the Reading Brain for a Digital Culture: A Cautionary Tale or Two – Maryanne Wolf
1.00 pm       LUNCH
1.45 pm       Session 3     – What Beginning Readers Need to Know – Lisa Ridings
2.30 pm       Session 4     – Moving forward: responding to the challenge – Jennifer Buckingham
3.15 pm       CLOSE          – Alison McMurtrie, LDA

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