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LDA is an association of teachers and other professionals dedicated to assisting students with learning difficulties through effective teaching practices based on scientific research.


Identifying and addressing the needs of students with ASD and ADHD

18 March 2018, Melbourne – presented by Dr Anna Bortoli
Understanding ASD and ADHD, and evidence-based learning strategies to support students with ASD and ADHD

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Leaving Nothing to Chance - How Explicit Instruction can prevent Early Literacy Difficulties

20 March 2018, Sydney – presented by Dr Lorraine Hammond and Brooke Wardana
EI giving struggling students an academic advantage when learning to read.

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LDA and AJLD Awards for 2017

The 2017 LDA and AJLD Awards were announced at the LDA AGM held on Saturday 21 October 2017 at the Treacy Centre, Melbourne.

Award winners were as follows:

2017 LDA Eminent Researcher Award to Professor Anne Castles
2017 Mona Tobias Award to Professor Pamela Snow
2017 LDA Bruce Wicking Award to Mr Chris Eveans

Click here to read about Current and Previous LDA Award Winners
Click here to read about Current and Previous AJLD Award Winners
Click here for general information about the LDA and AJLD Awards 


2016 National University Teaching Excellence Award to Dr Lorraine Hammond

Canberra, December 1 2016: Dr Lorraine Hammond, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education Edith Cowan University was presented with a National University Teaching Excellence Award by the Hon Simon Birmingham, Federal Minister for Education. This prestigious award acknowledges Lorraine’s commitment to producing the highest quality graduates who understand the impact of educational decisions they make on the learning outcomes of young people. Lorraine teaches undergraduate and post graduate units in Learning Difficulties/Learning Disabilities and Direct Instruction, while actively remaining connected with schools through her research and representation on the Boards of three high performing Independent Public schools in Perth.

NEW: Join LDA as a Consultant Member – apply and renew online

LDA Members can now join LDA as Consultant Members online, register for LDA’s Online Tutor Search  (OTS) online, and renew their annual Consultant Membership and OTS registration online. 

To learn about LDA Consultant Membership and Online Tutor Search click here


Other upcoming LDA Events

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Current Issues

Professor Maggie Snowling, President of St John's College Oxford and Professor of Psychology at the University of Oxford, recently visited Australia and spoke at the Australian National University on ‘Dyslexia, Language and Learning to Read’ on 25th July, 2017, to a sold out crowd.

Additional information on Professor Snowling’s esteemed career and research, and details of her Australian ANU presentation can be viewed here

LDA is very grateful to Professor Snowling, and the ANU, for granting permission to provide an audio of this event for LDA.

National Year 1 Phonics Screen

The Federal Education Minister, Senator Simon Birmingham, announced a "Phonics Screen" check for Year 1 students. Research supports evidence-based reading instruction and specifically, the explicit teaching of phonics in the early years of school.

LDA strongly supports this federal initiative as an opportunity for early identification and lifting the performance of struggling beginner readers. Click here to see DDOLL network letter of endorsement.

Click here to read more about the Phonics Screen and phonics research resources.

Effective Teaching

The Centre for Independent Studies published Read About It: Scientific Evidence for Effective Teaching of Reading by Kerry Hempenstall, edited by Jennifer Buckingham, focusing on the large and rigorous body of scientific evidence from the 1960’s to 2015, identifying the key elements of high quality reading instruction and demonstrating that explicit instruction methods are the most effective way of teaching reading, especially for novice readers and children at-risk of reading failure. Available at: https://www.cis.org.au/publications/research-reports/read-about-it-scientific-evidence-for-effective-teaching-of-reading 

Click here to Productivity Commission Report National Education Evidence Base, and a research article on High Performing Primary Schools: what do they have in Common?

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

Click here to see LDA's submission or click here to see the Review.

Summer 2017 issue of LDA Bulletin now FREE to download!

Take advantage of LDA’s special offer to non-members of LDA to download the Summer 2017 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.


Recent Publications

 The Bulletin

 The Journal


Bulletin Winter 2017

Volume 49,

No 3, Summer 2017


Volume 21,

No 1, May 2016

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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.

 Members Only Section


Professional Learning

Conferences & Seminars:

Professional Learning Courses

Identifying and addressing the needs of students with ASD and ADHD

18 March, Parkville Melbourne – presented by Dr Anna Bortoli
Understanding the commonalities and differences between ASD and ADHD, and evidence-based learning strategies to support the learning of students with ASD and ADHD

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Leaving Nothing to Chance - How Explicit Instruction can prevent Early Literacy Difficulties

20 March,  Regents Park Sydney – Dr Lorraine Hammond and Brooke Wardana
Systematic and direct phonics instruction teach children the essential alphabetic code-breaking skills required for foundational reading proficiency. This in-school presentation, with live classroom demonstration, will provide a practical overview of the instructional components and challenges for effective EI lessons.

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Click here to download a Group of 5+ registration form


FIVE from FIVE - The Centre for Independent Studies (CIS), FIVE from FIVE project aims to improve literacy levels by bridging the gap between evidence-based research on reading instruction, 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 FIVE from FIVE website is http://www.fivefromfive.org.au/ – is a resource for teachers, principals, parents and policy makers with up-to-date credible evidence-based information.

August 2017 - From the Lab to the Classroom: New Directions in Dyslexia Research

LDA was again honoured to host Professor Maryanne Wolf, internationally acclaimed reading researcher, Director of the Center for Reading and Language and Associate Professor Child Development at Tufts University who presented some of the most transformative studies in neuroscience-based research on dyslexia in the past two years, highlighting the translation of findings into insights for the classroom.

Click here for further Maryanne Wolf biographical information, publications

Click here to read Maryanne Wolf’s 2013 A Literate Nation White Paper

March 2015 – LDA National Tour with Dr Louisa Moats

Dr Louisa Moats, LDA’s AJLD Eminent Researcher Award, has contributed widely to reading and spelling instruction knowledge, writing 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.


A Free Online CourseSupporting Children with Difficulties in Reading and Writing Click here for details.

A new online course in teaching systematic synthetic phonics & its integration with wider reading, spelling and writing.
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Post Graduate Course Information

MOTIf: An assessment resource for researchers and professionals

Book Shop - essential Explicit Teaching & Response to Intervention Numeracy & other resources