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Stanley Burbury Theatre

University of Tasmania

Hobart, TAS 7000


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Square Peg's second conference brings together leading experts in the fields of dyslexia and dyscalculia from a range of backgrounds (including teaching, academic, speech pathology and educational psychology) who will provide you with a wealth of information and evidence validated strategies to assist in the successful acquisition of skills in language, literacy and numeracy for all children, including those who learn differently. From evidence to practice!

The Conference includes half day Masterclasses on Friday 6 October (you can choose one or both), followed by the full day conference on Saturday 7 October, which will include sessions from all of our expert speakers.

Networking sundowners will be held on Friday 6, details to be confirmed.

Numbers are limited, so please book soon to avoid disappointment.

  • Friday Morning 1/2 Day Dycalculia Masterclass (Chinn & Hornigold) - $200

  • Friday Afternoon 1/2 Day Dyslexia Masterclass (Asome & Hansberry) - $200

  • Saturday Full Day Conference - $320

  • Friday Conference Sundowners - Included with any ticket purchase

Square Pegs Members are eligible for a 10% discount - click on the 'tickets' button and enter the promotional discount code Members prior to selecting your tickets. To become a member, click here.

For information on student, parent or financial hardship discounts, please contact us squarepegstas@gmail.com.

International Speakers

Dr Steve Chinn

Dr 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.


"Go and see Professor Steve Chinn on Dyscalculia. World class!" Neil MacKay

Judy Hornigold

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.


National Speakers

Sarah Asome

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.

Bill Hansberry

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

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

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.

James Justice Bond

PhD candidate, Jim Bond is an advocate for the rights of children and adults with dyslexia and other reading disabilities, who seeks to implement equal opportunities for all people with dyslexia to reach their full potential. He is a visiting lecturer on Human Rights, education, dyslexia and innovative technology at a number of Australian Universities and is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Tasmania. Jim has been instrumental in the introduction of a number of laws to support the rights of people with dyslexia.

Professor Michael Rowan

Adjunct Professor in the Division of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Students and Education), Emeritus Professor at the University of South Australia and co-founder of the Tasmanian Education Ambassadors.

For more information, including conference and masterclass flyers please visit our website www.squarepegstas.org.


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Contact Amelia Jones by email squarepegstas@gmail.com

What's the refund policy?

If for some reason you are unable to attend, we are happy to provide a full refund (less booking fees) with two weeks notice. Please use the refund option on the event page.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes, your ticket is transferrable. Please advise the orgaiser if you have to transfer your ticket.

Need financial assistance?

Square Pegs is happy to assist parents, carers or students who would genuinely struggle to afford the ticket price. To discuss options relevant to your circumstance, please get in touch via our email squarepegstas@gmail.com

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