It's phonics Captain, but not as we know it 2 Half-Day sessions: Part 1: 29 September 2020 Part 2: 2 October 2020

Ms Alison Clarke, MSPA CPSP

It's phonics Captain, but not as we know it

Workshop summary

LIVE Online details

Participants must attend/complete all elements:

Pre-workshop activity –self paced activity sent a week prior

Live session 1 – Tuesday 29 September, 1-4pm AEST

Live session 2 – Friday 2 October 2020, 1-4pm AEST

(Registration is for both sessions)

Learning objectives

The most successful interventions for struggling readers/spellers target phonemic awareness and proficiency, and combine sound-to-print phonics with lots of reading and writing practice. This practically-oriented workshop will focus on making this happen in clinic, at home and in classrooms, comparing a wide range of strategies and resources, and discussing narratives most likely to help achieve pedagogical change in schools.

Upon successful completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the underlying causes of reading difficulties
  • Identify key reading/spelling skill areas Speech Pathologists can assess, and compare and contrast relevant assessment tools, including screeners
  • Compare and contrast a range of phonological awareness and phonemic proficiency activities and how these relate to phonics teaching (with or without letters?!).
  • Compare and contrast a range of phonics teaching/intervention approaches and sequences, considering both phoneme-grapheme correspondences and syllable structure.
  • Discuss how teaching about morphemes fits into and builds on a phonics teaching sequence.
  • Discuss stand-alone spelling programs and compare these with teaching spelling and reading in an integrated and reciprocal way.
  • Describe the processes of decoding and orthographic mapping, and how these relate to dual route and connectionist models of reading.
  • Describe the impact of phonological memory and rapid automatized naming problems, and how to address them.

  • Discuss how ideas from cognitive science such as cognitive load theory inform intervention.

  • Discuss ways speech pathologists can use persuasive language and tactics to achieve pedagogical change in schools.

Who should attend?

Registrants must be speech pathologists with some knowledge or experience working with school-aged children.

Speech Pathology students who have undertaken relevant lectures/coursework/clinical placements focussed on school-aged children and/or written language skills are welcome to attend.

If you have attended the 2017 workshop by Dr Tanya Serry (Speech pathology in the literacy domain: from prevention to intervention), please be advised there will be some similar content about underlying causes of reading difficulties, phonemic awareness and phonics approaches, building the mental lexicon, Response to Intervention, the Simple View of Reading, and the dual-route model.



If you have any questions about the workshop or venue, please contact Erin Masson, CPD Coordinator

If you have any questions about the registration process please contact National Office or 1300 368 835.

29/09/2020 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Registration Fees

Registration categoriesFee
SPA Certified Practising, Non Certified or Re-entry Members$230.00
SPA Non Practising or Full-time Postgraduate Student Member$152.00
SPA Student Member$115.00
Non Member$460.00

All fees are inclusive of GST

Early Bird closing date is 1 month before the event. After this date an additional $99 registration fee applies.
In proceeding with your registration you agree to the SPA CPD Branch Terms and Conditions.