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Maximising the potential for proficient reading in young people with hearing loss:
What does the evidence tell us?

Macquarie University, Sydney, 7-8 November 2017


Learning to read is arguably a child's most important academic achievement, comprising a large portion of instruction in the early school years and contributing throughout the subsequent academic journey. It is of significant concern, therefore, that children with hearing loss typically underachieve in reading. In this workshop, organised by the Centre for Language Sciences, we will address two related issues concerning the development of reading skills in children and adolescents with hearing loss.

  1. Which cognitive and linguistic skills and abilities are associated with good reading outcomes in this population?
  2. What methods of reading instruction are most effective?

To address these issues, the workshop brings together researchers who work in diverse settings, both nationally and internationally, to gain a better understanding of reading development and instruction in children and adolescents with hearing loss. Submissions are welcome on all research exploring these reading-related issues in children or adolescents who communicate using oral language or sign. The workshop will include keynote addresses and invited talks by experts in the fields of psycholinguistics, developmental psychology, and audiology.

Invited speakers

  • Dr Jill Duncan (The University of Newcastle, Australia)
  • Dr Megan Gilliver (National Acoustic Laboratories, Sydney, Australia)
  • Dr Fiona Kyle (City University of London, UK)
  • Professor Amy R Lederberg (Georgia State University, USA)
  • Professor Greg Leigh (Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, Sydney, Australia)


Level 1 Lecture Theatre, Australian Hearing Hub, Macquarie University.



Registration is free.

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Abstract Submission

We invite submissions of abstracts for oral presentations of 15 or 30 minutes duration. Oral presentations can describe research, practice or education work related to the workshop themes. Regardless of your primary focus, the abstract should make clear how your project adds to current knowledge. Please submit your abstracts using the template provided.

  • Abstract submission has closed

Important Dates

  • 8 September 2017 - Deadline for abstract submission
  • 22 September 2017 - Notification of acceptance
  • 27 October 2017 - Registration deadline
  • 7-8 November 2017 - Workshop


  • Linda Cupples
  • Rosalind Thornton
  • Mridula Sharma


  • Macquarie University Centre of Language Sciences (CLaS)
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Cognition and its Disorders


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