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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.



You are warmly invited to attend our final 50th Anniversary celebration

Following the LDA AGM and Awards presentations.

DATE: Saturday, October 17, 2015

TIME: AGM and Awards presentations: 1.15–3.00pm

Afternoon Tea 50th Celebration: 3.00–4.30pm  

 Click here to download a copy of the invitation and details on how to register.


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.

LDA Award Presentation March 2015

2014 AJLD Eminent Researcher Award to Dr Louisa Moats. Her Award paper, entitled What Teachers Don't Know and Why They Aren't Learning It: Addressing the Need for Content and Pedagogy in Teacher Education, is published in the November 2014 issue of the Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties (Volume 19, No 2).

2014 Mona Tobias Award to Mandy Nayton

Special Award to Emeritus Professor Kevin Wheldall – in recognition of his services to LDA, particularly his contribution to our LDA publications.

Click here for details of award recipients.

 2015 LDA 50th Anniversary Celebration March 2015 – Professional Learning Tour with Dr. Louisa Moats

Dr Louisa Moats, internationally renowned specialist in reading difficulties toured Australia as part of LDA’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations, providing a theoretical and practical perspective on research-based literacy instruction. Her presentations included insights into why learning to read is difficult, what factors are necessary for effective code-based instruction and how best to teach vocabulary and comprehension.    

Members of LDA can access session hand outs from Dr Louisa Moats' seminar from the Members Only section of this website.


Other upcoming LDA Events

Click here for Conference & Seminar information.

Current Issues

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 for SPELD New Zealand, 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?

Massey University academics Professors Bill Tunmer and James Chapman presented evidence indicating the remedial reading program Reading Recovery has failed in NZ and needs to be replaced with one that targets children most at risk of failing to learn to read.

Click here for the relevant Reading Recovery research, to hear Professors Tunmer and Chapman present and other resources.

The National Curriculum

LDA references to lack of teacher training in the teaching of phonics and understanding phonics role in learning to read were quoted in the National Curriculum Review: Click here to see LDA's submission or click here to see the Review.

Winter 2015 issue of LDA Bulletin now FREE to download!

Take advantage of LDA’s special offer to non-members of LDA to download the Winter 2015 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


BulletinVolume 47, No 2, Winter 2015

Volume 19, No 2, November 2014Journal

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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:

September 2015 Brisbane – INSTRUCT TO IMPROVE

Combined Conference LDA, LSTAQ, SPELD Qld

Keynote speakers: Professor Anne Castles – Head of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University, Jackie French – Australia’s Children’s Laureate, author, once struggling reader

For teachers, para-professionals and parents interested in assisting students who struggle with literacy and numeracy in the classroom. Click here for full 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 (with Elena Grigorenko,2014), delivered a series of presentations in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane focusing on issues raised in The Dyslexia Debate. The purpose of the presentations was to clarify the key arguments in this debate, and to consider the relevance of this debate 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.

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

DVDs of LDA Research Seminars

MOTIf: An assessment resource for researchers and professionals

Online LD Course Information