Reading, spelling and writing: neuroscience perspectives and teaching methods

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Seminar schedule

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9:00 – 10:40 am: The neuroscience of reading, spelling and writing
Dr Martha Burns, PhD., Speech Pathologist and Neuroscientist
(by video link-up)

  • Understanding the brain mechanisms involved
  • The latest research
  • The dyslexic brain and why literacy difficulties occur

10:40 – 11:05 am Morning tea provided

11:10 am – 12:15 pm Teaching reading and spelling: presentation and workshop
Tina Pickford, Speech Pathologist

  • How to identify struggling students
  • Effective teaching methods
  • Classroom accommodations

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch provided

1:00 – 2:00 pm Workshop: Teaching Reading and Spelling
Tina Pickford, Speech Pathologist

2:00 – 3:15 pm Reading fluency: bridging the gap to comprehension
Meagan Ross, M.A., ESL and reading fluency specialist

  • How to improve reading fluency and comprehension for struggling readers and English Language Learners
  • How Reading Assistant technology builds fluency

3:30 pm Close

About the presenters

Martha Burns

Dr Martha Burns
PhD., Speech Pathologist and Neuroscientist
Dr Burns is a Speech Pathologist and Neuroscientist from Chicago. She is an expert in the field of neuroscience and its application to learning disorders, including auditory processing, attention, reading and working memory. Dr Burns has published numerous articles on the brain and language and is an exceptional presenter who communicates the most complicated research findings in simple terms.

Tina Pickford

Tina Pickford
Speech Pathologist
Tina is a speech pathologist with a special interest in neuroscience and learning difficulties. She holds a degree in Human Communication Science with first class honors and has been trained as a Dyslexia instructor by the Australian Dyslexia Association. She understands that learning disorders are complex and often poorly understood, and prides herself on explaining concepts in understandable terms.

Meagan Ross

Meagan Ross, M.A.
ESL and reading fluency specialist
Meagan is a passionate English language learning specialist. She holds a master’s degree in education policy and second language acquisition and has trained university professors on best practices in English Learning and Elementary Education. Before joining Scientific Learning’s reading fluency training team she worked on reading test development at Pearson.


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Can you cater for special dietary requirements?
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Is there parking at the venue?
Yes, there is free parking at both the Perth and Brisbane venues.
What should I bring on the day?
Presentation notes for you to write on will be provided. You may wish to bring a pen and wear a name badge to facilitate networking with fellow attendees. As the temperature at conference venues can vary, it is advisable to dress in layers.
I need to cancel. Can I get a refund?
Cancellations made on or before 16 April will be refunded minus a $40 admin fee. Cancellations after this date cannot be refunded, however you can log in here with your booking number and transfer the registration to another person.
I'm not able to attend. Will the seminar be recorded?
No. This seminar is available live only and will not be recorded.


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