Presentations by Devon Barnes

Devon Barnes is the Clinical Director of Lindfield Speech Pathology & Learning Centre which she established in 1990.

She has over 50 years experience working with children and adults with speech, language, literacy and learning problems including dyslexia, auditory processing disorder and autism spectrum disorders.

She has spoken at conferences in Australia, in New Zealand, USA and Malaysia on learning and reading difficulties.

Devon has worked in both the public and private sectors with adults and children as both a speech pathologist and an audiologist. She has worked in hospitals, schools and community health centres where her focus was managing children with learning and associated emotional difficulties.

Her work included special schools where she treated children with hearing impairment, developmental delays, and language and learning difficulties.

Devon has authored 3 books (published digitally) on auditory processing disorder, dyslexia and phonics and has produced a series of videos for educators and parents to explain learning and reading difficulties.

Devon is available to present the following topics.

Hearing & Auditory Processing

The physiology of hearing, assessment & remediation, the differences between CAPD, ADHD & SLI, implications for learning.

Auditory Processing and Language Difficulties

Auditory processing explained, it’s impact on language acquisition, and learning.

Identifying & Treating Language, Learning and Reading Difficulties

  • Concepts, components of language
  • The link between reading and language
  • Identification, assessment & treatment

The Missing Link between Reading & Comprehension

Why my student can read but not understand.

Talking with Letters

The relationship between oral and written language.

Training the Brain for Academic Gain

A neuroscience approach to improving learning capacity.

Helping Your Child put the Pieces Together

Unlocking the Child’s Potential, why some bright, motivated children hit the wall when they go to school, and what you can do about it.

The Neuroscience of Reading and Learning

  • Remarkable breakthroughs in our knowledge about the learning brain, how to use this knowledge in practical applications.
  • Navigating the Learning Difficulties “Mind Field”
  • How parents of learning disabled students can find their way through the ‘mind field’ of experts, well intentioned amateurs and charlatans, in the search for effective help for their child.

Babbling Babies to Budding Book Lovers

The importance of early language development for later reading success. The connection between oral language and reading.

Young Minds Under Stress – Effects on Learning

How does stress in all its forms impact developing brains and learning & what can teachers do about it?