ACU Literacy Clinic

Australian Centre for the Advancement of Literacy

The Australian Centre for the Advancement of Literacy Clinic provides evidence-based assessments and interventions for children with reading and spelling difficulties and delivers professional development opportunities for teachers and clinicians supporting people with literacy problems. 

Drawing on our deep scientific knowledge and research-based expertise we provide tailored assessments that directly respond to a person’s reading and spelling strengths and weaknesses. From these test results we provide straightforward reports with research-based recommendations for interventions that target a person’s specific needs. 

Taking the whole person into account we recognise that people with reading and spelling difficulties also have problems with spoken language, attention, and anxiety about literacy. As such, we also conduct screening tests for these problems.

About Us

Around 16% of students have reading and/or spelling problems that prevent them from fully accessing the curriculum (e.g., McArthur & Castles, 2017). For example, a student’s reading might be too poor to be able to read and comprehend the instructions to complete their schoolwork.

The Literacy Clinic is a not-for-profit organization hosted by the Australian Centre for the Advancement of Literacy at Australian Catholic University. ACU has one of the largest concentrations of reading researchers in the world who are conducting cutting edge research on the typical and atypical acquisition of reading and spelling, their assessment and remediation. The Literacy Clinic is integrated into this research and its core business is to translate research findings into practice. The Literacy Clinic provides evidence-based assessments and interventions, and it conducts professional development activities for people working with children, adolescents and adults with reading and/or spelling difficulties. 

Our People

In her role as Director of the Literacy Clinic, Saskia is responsible for ensuring that the quality of the  services provided in the clinic are of the highest standards.

Saskia holds a degree in Linguistics and Speech-Language Pathology and completed a PhD in 2008 at Macquarie University. Her current research interests include the assessment of the underlying causes of reading and spelling difficulties in children; conducting intervention trials for children and adults with developmental and acquired reading and spelling difficulties; and the investigation of reading acquisition in typically developing children.

In her role as National Manager, Erin is responsible for the operations of the Clinic, and works clinically. Her favourite aspect is literacy treatment and seeing the benefits of working closely with children and their families.

Erin completed a Bachelor of Behavioural Science and a Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology at La Trobe University, Melbourne. Erin has been involved in research with children and teenagers since 2008 holding research roles at Melbourne University, Sydney University and Westmead Hospital. In 2014 she completed her PhD, in which she investigated the association between working memory and children’s reading development.

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ACU Literacy Clinic
Level 2, 23 Berry Street, North Sydney
T: +61 2 9465 9777

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