LDA is an association of teachers and other professionals dedicated to assisting students with learning difficulties through effective teaching practices based on scientific research.
LDA 2015 50th Anniversary LDA and AJLD Awards – Click here to see the complete 2015 LDA Celebration Awards report
AJLD Eminent Researcher Award to Professor Max Coltheart
AJLD Early Career Researcher Award to Dr Tanya Serry.
AJLD Early Career Researcher Highly Recommended to Dr. Anne Bellert
LDA Mona Tobias Award to Professor Brian Byrne.
LDA Tertiary Student Award to Dr Danielle Colenbrander.
Click here for Conference & Seminar information.
FIVE from FIVE – Live
The Centre for Independent Studies’ FIVE from FIVE project aims to improve literacy levels by bridging the gap between evidence-based research on reading instruction, and policy, and practice. LDA has joined the FIVE from FIVE Alliance to help every child receive the most effective reading instruction from their first day at school.
The Centre of Independent Studies has just released their research report Read About It: Scientific Evidence for Effective Teaching of Reading by Kerry Hempenstall, edited by Jennifer Buckingham, at:
LDA Position Statement - Approaches to Reading Instruction
LDA Supports approaches to reading instruction that adopt an explicit structured approach to the teaching of reading and are consistent with the scientific evidence as to how children learn to read and how best to teach them.
Click here to read LDA's Position Statement as published in the LDA Bulletin.
Click here for an extended version of LDA's Position Statement with substantiating references.
Interventions to Remediate Learning Disorders
Efficacy research review of current LD brain changing interventions by Auckland University’s Centre for Brain Research and School of Psychology, provides an objective overview of a number of popular brain-training interventions.
Click here to read this 2015 report.
Is Reading Recovery failing the New Zealand Literacy Strategy - what is the evidence?
Click here for the recently published NSW evaluation of Reading Recovery and relevant Reading Recovery resources.
Click here for an excellent 08/02/16 interview on Radio National with Professor James Chapman: "Is Reading Recovery Working?"
To hear LDA’s President Dr Lorraine Hammond’s 15/02/16 interview on Radio National in relation to teaching reading systematically and effectively, Click here
The National Curriculum
Autumn 2016 issue of LDA Bulletin now FREE to download!
Take advantage of LDA’s special offer to non-members of LDA to download the Autumn 2016 issue of the LDA Bulletin. Click here to download.
Members of LDA can access back issues of the Bulletin from the Members Only section of this website. To join LDA, click here.
No 1, Autumn 2016
No 2, November 2015
Subscribe to our monthly LDA e-News
|Current & past issues||Past issues|
NOTE: LDA Members can access complete back issues of these publications and pre-publication Journal articles when logged into the LDA Members Only section, via the latest articles item in the Taylor & Francis main menu.
The FIVE from FIVE website is at: http://www.fivefromfive.org.au/ – a resource for teachers, principals, parents and policy makers with up-to-date credible information
Online Professional Development
A Free Online Course, Supporting Children with Difficulties in Reading and Writing to learn why some children have so much difficulty with reading and writing, and best practice in teaching literacy
Click here for details.
Online Phonics Training Course
A new online phonics teaching training course covering the essentials of teaching systematic synthetic phonics & its integration with wider reading, spelling and writing.
Click here for details.
August 2015 - Professor Julian Elliott and the “dyslexia debate” in Australia
Julian (Joe) Elliott, Professor of Educational Psychology at Durham University in the UK and co-author of the book The Dyslexia Debate, delivered a series of presentations focusing on issues raised to clarify the key arguments in this debare and to consider its relevance to the way in which students with reading difficulties are identified and supported.
Click here for relevant Dyslexia Debate research and resources, and to hear Professor Elliott speak.
March 2015 – LDA National Tour with Dr Louisa Moats
Dr Louisa Moats, recipient of LDA’s AJLD Eminent Researcher Award, visited Australia in March 2015. Dr Moats has contributed widely to the body of reading and spelling instruction knowledge, and written extensively on the importance of code-based literacy instruction and better teacher preparation.
Click here to read Lousia Moats article Systematic, not "balanced" instruction in the October 2014 LDA Bulletin.
Click here for Louisa Moats significant paper Teaching Reading Is Rocket Science and more Louisa Moats Resources.