Thank you to everyone who attended our second major conference event and all our wonderful speakers, exhibitors and sponsors. With over 170 participants over two days it was a wonderful opportunity to grow our community of interest and connect with others who share a passion of improving outcomes for all children, including those who learn differently.
Resources and links from the event are provided below...this information is provided as supporting information for conference attendees and remains the IP of the presenter and should not be copied and/or distributed - thank you!
Professor Steve Chinn
Professor Steve Chinn taught science for 14 years in mainstream UK schools and then spent 24 years as Head of three schools for dyslexic pupils. Steve is now an independent consultant, researcher and writer who has presented papers, contributed to conferences and delivered training courses for psychologists, teachers, parents and support assistants in over thirty countries across the world. Steve set up the first Post Graduate Certificate course in the UK for maths and dyslexia, which was accredited by the BDA for the AMBDA (Numeracy). In addition to contributing to many publications, Steve has authored a number of books, including 'Mathematics for Dyslexics' and 'The Trouble with Maths'. He is recognised as a world-leading expert in dyscalculia and maths learning difficulties.
Judy is an independent education consultant specialising in dyslexia and dyscalculia and also an Associate Tutor for the British Dyslexia Association and Edge Hill University. Her previous role was as a senior teacher for Dyslexia Action where she gained extensive experience in teaching dyslexic children and adults. Judy is a primary trained teacher and is a qualified specialist teacher of dyslexia having gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Special Education and AMBDA. She has written a guide book for parents of children with dyslexia, two books of ready-made lessons for learners with dyscalculia, the dyscalculia pocketbook and most recently the SEN books publication, Making Maths Visual and Tactile.
Sarah is the Learning and Curriculum Support Leader at Bentleigh West Primary School and in 2015 was awarded the Victorian Outstanding Primary Teacher Award. Bentleigh West Primary School is well recognised for its best practice approaches to literacy and numeracy and the school was a finalist in the Outstanding Inclusive Education Award for 2015. This nomination recognised the school’s approach of early intervention, student profiling, explicit and repetitive instruction and the provision of support – the combination of which has delivered significant outcomes.
Working in private practice in Adelaide, Bill mentors young people who live with a wide range of challenges such as learning differences / disabilities, emotional or behavioural difficulties and young people who are just doing it tough. Alongside this work, Bill has the privilege of supporting and mentoring teachers, school leaders and parents, assisting them to work together to meet the needs of these students. Bill specialises in teaching students with Dyslexia and offers training for schools in the area of Specific Learning Disabilities (SLDs) and has authored a number of publications. He is well known for his passion for relational teaching and strategic community building as well as his engaging style in facilitating professional learning workshops for schools, school clusters and other organisations.
Mandy Nayton OAM
Mandy Nayton is the Executive Officer of The Dyslexia-SPELD Foundation (DSF Literacy and Clinical Services) and President of AUSPELD (the Australian federation of SPELD Associations). She is an educational and developmental psychologist and qualified teacher with extensive experience in the field of literacy education and learning disabilities. Mandy is an Adjunct Research Fellow at Curtin University’s School of Psychology and Speech Pathology and was an appointed member of the Dyslexia Working Party and the Federal Government’s Schools’ Disability Advisory Council.
Rosalie Martin is the Tasmanian Australian of the Year 2017. As Director of Speech Pathology Tasmania, Rosie has more than thirty years’ experience working with people with a wide range of communication challenges, but particularly individuals with autism and literacy acquisition disorders.
Exhibitors & Sponsors
Silvereye books are offering free postage on orders made prior to 30 November (see flyer for more details). Includes publications by Judy Hornigold and Steve Chinn.