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Learning Difficulties Australia is an association of teachers and other professionals dedicated to assisting students with learning difficulties through effective teaching practices based on scientific research, both in the classroom and through individualised instruction.
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The Science of Effective Reading Instruction: Theory and Practice

Perth | Saturday 31 July 2021   Not sure how a comprehensive reading approach taught explicitly looks like? Join Associate Professor Lorraine Hammond, Jared Bussell, Jordan O’Sullivan and Brooke Wardana for a day that focuses on both the Science of Reading and how to teach it.
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Members receive regular LDA publications via post, including the LDA Bulletin and the Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties as well as member discounts for participation in workshops, seminars and conferences.

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Latest Publication

Bulletin | Volume 54 | No 2, September 2022

Special Issue: Inclusive Education
This issue explores the topic of inclusive education, with a range of experts discussing the important topic of giving…
This issue explores the topic of inclusive education, with a range of experts discussing the important topic of giving all learners access to the best possible education.
This issue explores the topic of inclusive education, with a range of experts discussing the important topic of giving all learners access to the best possible education.
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Events

2022 LDA Annual General Meeting

We invite you to attend the 2022 LDA AGM. The event will include presentation of reports by all council…
We invite you to attend the 2022 LDA AGM. The event will include presentation of reports by all council committee convenors, general business and the presentation of awards. We are lucky enough to have Professor Linnea Ehri attending…
We invite you to attend the 2022 LDA AGM. The event will include presentation of reports by all council committee convenors, general business and the presentation of awards. We are lucky enough to have Professor Linnea Ehri attending our AGM this year to receive her "AJLD Eminent Researcher Award". After this, she will make a short presentation. It has several years since we have been able to meet in person and we are excited to be seeing you all face to face again! We invite you to have afternoon tea with us and spend time networking with colleagues. You will have the option to attend the event live, or attend via zoom. Please ensure you choose the appropriate ticket below. This event is open to LDA members and invited guests only. Please remember that only Standard and Consultant Members have voting rights at the AGM. The AGM will be held at The Treacy Centre, 126 The Avenue, Parkville.
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A Day with Linnea Ehri and Friends

We invite you to spend a day with Professor Linnea Ehri and friends! We are absolutely thrilled to have…
We invite you to spend a day with Professor Linnea Ehri and friends! We are absolutely thrilled to have the oportunity to bring Linnea, to Australian shores for these two carefully curated events. We look forward to seeing you for…
We invite you to spend a day with Professor Linnea Ehri and friends! We are absolutely thrilled to have the oportunity to bring Linnea, to Australian shores for these two carefully curated events. We look forward to seeing you for these exciting events in Melbourne and Sydney, each of which will feature a panel session with Professor Ehri and a Trade Show featuring a Decodable Reader Expo. For more details, see below, or to book, please select your preferred location: Click here to book for Melbourne Click here to book for Sydney For more information on the Melbourne event click here. For more information on the Sydney event click here. ***Please note that to prevent missing out on information, we request that when registering, you provide an email address that does not end in .gov.au or .edu.au so our emails to these addresses are often caught as spam and not delivered. Thank you for your assistance. Click here to download and share our online flyer. For a printable version, please click here. Ticket Pricing Early Bird (This price will be available until the end of August.) LDA Member $180 Non-member $230 Normal Price LDA Member $200 Non-member $250 *Please note this pricing is for each event, not both. Professor Ehri will make the same presentation at both events. Melbourne Learning to recognise words: Research into Practice LDA is hosting a major professional learning conference in Melbourne on Sunday 23 October, celebrating the visit of Professor Linnea Ehri. Professor Ehri will provide a keynote address summarising her theoretical insights into how children develop proficient word recognition skills. A second keynote address, by Dr Jennifer Buckingham, will give insights into the process of advocating for effective literacy teaching in Australian classrooms. The other presenters during the day, all experienced teachers and school leaders, will provide a range of perspectives on how to support schools in the task of ensuring that all students are given the best possible chance to become readers and writers. The conference will end with a Q&A panel allowing participants and presenters to interact and share ideas. Speakers SpeakerTopicProfessor Linnea Ehri – KeynoteOrthographic Mapping and Phases of Development in the Acquisition of Sight Word Reading, Spelling Memory, and Vocabulary Learning: Guides to Instruction.Dr Jennifer BuckinghamEffective, evidence-based reading instruction for every learner.Dr Nathaniel SwainLearning words on every level: Effective instruction for building students’ orthographic, grammatical, and disciplinary knowledge.Emina McLeanDefining excellence and equity in early reading instruction.Jocelyn SeamerConnecting hearts and minds: helping teachers to make the shift to structured literacy. Venue The Capitol, Swanston St, Melbourne (map) Parking and Transport Commercial parking is available in Little Collins St. The Capitol is located a short walk from Flinders St Station. Date Sunday, 23rd October 2022 Time 9:00am (for a 9:30am start) to 5pm Catering Morning tea and lunch will be provided. Back to top Sydney Learning to recognise words: Cutting edge research LDA will be joined by the  Macquarie University Centre for Reading (MQCR) in presenting a unique professional learning event on Tuesday 25 October, celebrating the visit of Professor Linnea Ehri. The speakers will offer participants insight into current research into how children learn to recognise words. Professor Ehri, recipient of LDA's Eminent Researcher Award, will provide a keynote address summarising her theoretical insights into how children develop proficient word recognition skills. A second keynote address, by Professor Anne Castles, will introduce some of the major reading-related research in which she has been involved, both in Australia and internationally. The other presenters during the day, all highly-respected researchers associated with MQRC, will share the evidence they have recently published on how children learn to recognise words – evidence that can translate directly into the effective teaching of reading and spelling. The day will end with a Q&A panel that will allow conference participants to interact with all the presenters. Spaces are limited for this event – register early. Speakers SpeakerTopicProfessor Linnea Ehri – KeynoteOrthographic Mapping and Phases of Development in the Acquisition of Sight Word Reading, Spelling Memory, and Vocabulary Learning: Guides to Instruction.Dr Danielle ColenbranderWhat research tells us about teaching irregular wordsProfessor Anne CastlesJoining the dots and looking aheadDr Signy WegenerThe oral vocabulary-reading linkLyndall MurrayThe process of learning to read new regular and irregular words Venue Sydney Masonic Centre, 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney (map) Parking and Transport Commercial parking is available opposite the venue. The Sydney Masonic Centre is located a short walk from Museum Station. Date Tuesday, 25th October 2022 Time 9am (for a 9:30am start) to 4.30pm Catering Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided. Back to top Trade Show Includes: Melbourne Spelfabet Sydney Back to top
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LDA Blog

CodeRead Competition

Below is a link to a national Dyslexia Awareness campaign via Code Read Dyslexia Support Network. It is a…
Below is a link to a national Dyslexia Awareness campaign via Code Read Dyslexia Support Network. It is a creative response activity about Special Agent Sam McGregor. Please feel free to share it with your networks. https://codereadnetwork.org/october-2022-dyslexia-awareness-month-ideas-for-schools-organisations/
Below is a link to a national Dyslexia Awareness campaign via Code Read Dyslexia Support Network. It is a creative response activity about Special Agent Sam McGregor. Please feel free to share it with your networks. https://codereadnetwork.org/october-2022-dyslexia-awareness-month-ideas-for-schools-organisations/
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SOLLA Event and Survey

Have you heard about SOLLA? Find out more about SOLLA and the upcoming event on 17th & 18th Oct…
Have you heard about SOLLA? Find out more about SOLLA and the upcoming event on 17th & 18th Oct below. https://knowledgesociety.com.au/solla-sydney/ A SoL mapping survey is also currently in progress. Lisa Denny from the Institute of Social Change at UTas (also…
Have you heard about SOLLA? Find out more about SOLLA and the upcoming event on 17th & 18th Oct below. https://knowledgesociety.com.au/solla-sydney/ A SoL mapping survey is also currently in progress. Lisa Denny from the Institute of Social Change at UTas (also a founding member of the Tas literacy alliance), will be analysing the data and preparing a report to present at SOLLA. If you'd like to contribute by responding to the survey, please do so at the link below. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. Link to the survey here: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSc4plj1HU9…/viewform
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Effective Instruction

Teachers are a major force for improving society. To be successful, the teaching profession must base its instructional practices on the results of good quality empirical research, and this involves keeping abreast of scientific developments. One of LDA’s main goals is to keep bridging the gaps between evolving scientific knowledge and members of the teaching profession, including educational policy makers, teacher education faculties, and teachers at the chalkface. Visit the skill areas below to learn about initiatives, approaches and programs that are being used effectively in each area.

Reading
Reading is a complex skill and it is a relatively recent invention, as far as human timelines go. Unlike speaking and listening, humans aren’t predisposed to develop reading skills naturally.
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Spelling
Reading and spelling are closely linked, but also draw on different skills and processes. At the most basic level, spelling is a production task while reading is one of recognition.
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Writing
As with reading, writing is not a natural skill and therefore must be taught. Unfortunately, many teachers do not feel well prepared to teach writing.
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Numeracy
Numeracy is a concept that is referred to as the ability to make use of mathematical concepts adeptly in our daily lives.
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