The Dyslexia Guild Annual Summer Conference
Wednesday 28 June 2017
University of London - Student Centre, Conferences Central, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY
Who should attend?
The Dyslexia Guild welcomes all those with a professional interest in dyslexia and SpLD, including specialist teachers and assessors, psychologists, learning support tutors and assistants. Guild members enjoy a preferential rate and we welcome news members to our community from all settings.
Our conference provides, as always, a great opportunity to meet and network with dyslexia/SpLD specialists. The conference enables practitioners to hear expert views and examine current topical issues relating to literacy and dyslexia/SpLD in a warm and vibrant conference setting:
- Hear about research and current topics from our expert speakers
- Network with others from around the world of SpLD
- Attend seminar sessions on specific topics
- Visit our Dyslexia Action Shop
- Take time out of your busy schedule to learn and reflect
- Take home a certificate for your Continuing Professional Development
Keynote speakers and seminars
We are building the best programme for our conference and are adding to it every day, for now here is a flavour of speakers and seminars:
Our keynote conference speakers this year are:
Professor Rod Nicolson a research specialist in the fields of Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience based in the Psychology Department at the University of Sheffield. Rod is a prolific researcher and author who gained his PhD on Learning at the University of Cambridge. His inter-disciplinary research highlights the value of brain-based diagnostic techniques to the understanding and treatment of learning disorders. His recent book Positive Dyslexia applies the insight of psychology to assist those with dyslexia to find and build upon their work strengths, cognitive strengths and social strengths.
Rod has published numerous research articles and book chapters on dyslexia and developmental learning disorders and has co-developed a number of screening tests including the Dyslexia Early Screening Test, the Dyslexia Screening Test and the Dyslexia Adult Screening Test.
Dyslexia: Developing the Debate is the recent joint publication by Professor Rod Nicolson and Professor Julian Elliott, and one of the Key Debates in Educational Policy series from Bloomsbury. In this publication Elliott affirms his position, stating that following four decades of research: “ … the dyslexia label is once again being challenged… (because) there continues to be no value in a diagnosis for the purposes of treatment or intervention, and no justification to favour resourcing for dyslexic over other poor readers.” (Elliott and Nicolson p.115 -116). Nicolson provides sound, contradictory and well-supported evidence, building a picture of need for those with dyslexia that can be met through positive support and appropriately timed intervention. It is a fascinating and informative debate and one to be continued at this year’s Guild Conference with Rod Nicolson presenting.
Dr Carla Finesilver a Lecturer in Mathematics Education at King’s College, University of London.
Her research interests include the education of individuals with additional or divergent learning needs; Special Educational Needs, disabilities, atypical neurocognitive development, and other intersecting disadvantages, particularly where these cause mathematics-specific difficulties. Her doctoral thesis was a prize-winning study combining practitioner-based fieldwork with case studies and multimodal analysis.
Afternoon Parallel sessions include (but are not limited to):
James Smith-Spark, London South Bank University
Memory for delayed intentions
Dr Anna Smith, Kings College London and Dyslexia Action
Sian Rees and Janet Desmet, Dyslexia Action
Access Arrangements Workshop
Dominik Lukeš, Dyslexia Action
Assistive Technologies and SpLD
Full agenda to follow:
Registration will be 9.00am to 10.00am.
Conference start will be 10.00am.
Lunch - A vegetarian packed lunch bag including sandwich, cake, fruit and water will be provided and is included in the cost (if you have essential dietary requirements please indicate these on your registration form).
Conference close will be 4.00pm.
A serving of tea/coffee/juice and biscuits will also be included mid morning and mid afternoon.
Conference programme brochure
Details of the venue can be found here
Take advantage of our special early bird booking deals:
£75* Guild Member Standard early bird (early bird closes 14.05.17)
£85* Non Member early bird (early bird closes 14.05.17)
£90* Guild Member Standard Rate (from 15.05.17)
£105* Non Member Standard Rate (from 15.05.17)
*Please note that there will be an additional £25 admin charge if you do not pay by a credit or debit card when registering
Become a member of The Dyslexia Guild
Guild membership offers numerous benefits, including post nominals (letters after your name), online forums, topical journal, e-newsletter and online library with e-books and e-journals.
Join now before registering your place on the conference to receive the discounted early bird Guild member rate.
You are required to source your own overnight accommodation if you need to stay overnight. The details for the venue are: Malet Street, London, WC1E7HY. The following links may be useful:
Exhibitors will be by invitation only. If you have further queries please email us.
For more information please email us or call 01784 222342.
On these pages you can learn more about how we can work with you to support students with literacy and numeracy difficulties, dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties.
The Dyslexia Guild is our membership body which aims to promote discussion, information and research, and be a ‘one-stop shop’ for latest developments in the sector.