Working Memory / Behaviour Management PD Workshop, Wollongong

  • 08:30 AM
  • City Beach Function Centre, 1 Marine Drive, Wollongong
  • 02 9739 6277 or em:

Professional Development Workshop

  • Understanding Working Memory and Its Implications for Learning, Mimma Mason

  • Managing disturbed and disturbing behaviour in the classroom, Ian Luscombe


Date: 28th October 2016

Time: 8.45am – 3.30pm

Location: City Beach Function Centre, 1 Marine Drive, Wollongong

Cost: Members @ $225, non members @ $255, Students @ $90

Morning Tea and Lunch Provided

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Session 1 8.45am – 12.30pm Working Memory with Mimma Mason

Working memory impairments are associated with a wide range of developmental
disorders of learning including ADHD, Dyslexia, Specific Language Impairment, and reading and mathematical difficulties.
In this presentation we will take a close look at what working memory is and how it specifically
affects attention, learning and behaviour.
The discussion will include how to assess working memory and practical strategies for managing children and adolescents with working memory difficulties.


Session 2 1.00pm – 3.30pm Behaviour Management with Ian Luscombe

This fun, entertaining, inspiring and practical seminar will provide teachers with “ready to use”
strategies for managing many of the difficult behaviours. (with 20% new content)

  • The three major strategies for managing disruptive behaviour.
  • How to avoid confirming a student’s dysfunctional view of the world and themselves.
  • How to talk to students with an emotional disturbance.
  • Dealing with non-compliance.
  • Why some students say nasty / hurtful things.
  • What to say when you don’t know what to say.
  • The difference between prevention and intervention and practical examples of each, and why it is important to focus the majority of our energy on prevention.


BOSTESCompleting Mimma Mason and Ian Luscombe PD day will contribute 6 hours and 0 minutes of QTC Registered PD addressing 1.2.2, 1.5.2, 4.1.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


About the Presenters:


Mimma is the Manager of the Pearson Clinical and Talent Assessment in Australia and NZ. Her background in Education and Cognitive Science provides the foundation for raising awareness of working memory issues and their relationship to learning.

Cognitive Science is an integrative science bringing insights from Psychology, Behavioural Neuroscience, Linguistics, Philosophy and Artificial Intelligence together to shed light on how humans think and learn.

For the past 15 years Mimma has worked with Clinicians, Educators, Coaches and Workplace Health professionals using this integrative approach to raise awareness of brain health: how to
measure and improve everyday functional wellness and performance. She has been a regular speaker on the topic of neuroplasticity and how knowledge of the brain can help us to be
better teachers, managers and coaches.

She is the Director of Pearson’s annual Mind Brain Education conference which integrates insights from neuroscience, psychology and education to deepen our understanding of teaching
and learning.


Ian was in Special Education for over 28 years and has been Principal of Redbank School, Westmead, NSW for 14 years. Redbank is the only joint Department of Health and Department of Education facility in NSW for the treatment of children (preschool to Yr 6) and adolescents (Yrs 7 to12) with emotional, psychiatric and / or behavioural disorders. Ian co-established at the beginning of 2009 a class for emotionally disturbed pre-schoolers.
This initiative, the second of its type in Australia, received media attention across Australia and overseas and is seen as an exemplar of a preventative mental health program.

Ian has been a mentor to aspiring and established principals and a trainer and coach in PBIS (Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports).

Ian is in high demand as a speaker and has spoken extensively across Australia (conferences, schools, universities, NSW parliament house) on practical behaviour management strategies
and on ways to enhance teacher welfare in schools. He is on the advisory board for the Adolescent Brain Website of the University of Toronto, Canada. He is still sane.


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



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