Understanding Dyslexia: Assessment and Intervention with Dr Nancy Mather

  • 08:30 AM
  • SMC Convention & Function Centre, 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney NSW 2000
  • 02 9739 6277 or em:

Presented by Dr Nancy Mather, co-author of the Woodcock Johnson IV

Professional learning for teachers, tutors and related professionals.

woodcock johnson IVThis workshop will focus on both assessment and evidence-based interventions for students who struggle to learn to read and spell. Nancy Mather will address the definition of dyslexia; the importance of assessing cognitive and linguistic processes, including phonological awareness, orthographic coding, processing speed, and rapid automatised naming; the phases of development of basic reading and spelling skills; and the implementation of differentiated instructional methodologies.

Judith Bliss will briefly discuss a recently developed Australian online program for providing individualised, differentiated reading instruction for struggling readers of all grades.


Participants will increase their:

  • understanding of the definition and characteristics of dyslexia
  • knowledge of the cognitive and linguistic factors that contribute to dyslexia
  • awareness of assessment techniques for diagnosing dyslexia
  • understanding of reading and spelling development and how instructional methods align with specific developmental levels
  • knowledge of evidence-based instructional methods to improve phonological awareness, reading decoding, spelling, and reading fluency
  • knowledge of the Mindplay Australian Virtual Reading Coach



  • SPELD NSW Members – $230
  • Non members – $260
  • Students – $90


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Nancy Mather is a Professor at the University of Arizona in Tucson in the Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies. She has served as a learning disabilities teacher, a diagnostician, a university professor, and an educational consultant. She has published numerous articles and books and conducts workshops on assessment and instruction both nationally and internationally. Dr. Mather is a co-author of the Woodcock-Johnson IV and has co-authored two books on interpretation and application of the WJ IV. Her most recent book on dyslexia is: Essentials of Dyslexia:  Assessment and Intervention (Mather & Wendling, 2012).

Judith Bliss is the CEO of Mindplay, the developer of the Australian Virtual Reading Coach. She will briefly discuss this program for addressing the needs of all students with reading challenges.



Completing Dr Nancy Mather PD day will contribute 6 hours 0 Minutes of QTC Registered PD addressing 1.1.2, 1.2.2,1.5.2, 2.1.2, 2.5.2, 3.6.2, 5.1.1, 5.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW


Download the PDF Flyer

Download Hardcopy Registration Form

Register ONLINE



SPELD NSW would like to help send Learning Support Teachers to our Professional Development Days.  Please email a short paragraph to on how your attendance will help students with special needs.  If you would like to discuss this further please contact the Executive Officer on 02 9739 6277.


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