Patoss 2022 Virtual Annual Conference & AGM: Where are we with Assessing and Teaching Dyslexic People? Lessons from Research and Practice

In 2022 we will once again be holding our Annual Conference virtually. Keynote: Dr Nancy Mather - Assessment of Dyslexia: Constructs and Challenges.

Delegates have the opportunity to access all seminars/presentations NOW with our speakers participating in a live Q & A follow-up panel on the conference day.


Each year some of the top SpLD specialists in their given profession come together for the Annual Conference. Held on 23rd April 2022, Dr Nancy Mather: Associate Professor at the University of Arizona in Tucson, will be giving the keynote address - Assessment of Dyslexia: Constructs and Challenges.

As a run-up to the conference day we making all six seminars available to all delegates three weeks in advance of the conference, so you have the opportunity to watch them all before the day and submit questions to be put to the speakers in live Q&A sessions in the afternoon of the conference. The seminars will not be shown live at the conference, but our speakers will be present at the event on the 23rd for live Q&A sessions with delegates.

The keynote address will be presented on 23rd April with a live Q&A session following.

Recordings from the day, along with all the seminar recordings, will be available on the conference page for two weeks after the conference until 9.00am Monday, 9 May 2022 when the page will be taken down. This date will not be extended. Delegates will be given access to the conference page by the admin team via a special link when they book the conference.

You will also be able to network with other delegates, interact with sponsors and exhibitors and meet virtually with other attendees whose interests match yours with our improved networking service..

Keynote Address

Dr Nancy Mather: Assessment of Dyslexia: Constructs and Challenges (SASC Authorised 1 hour 15 minutes)

The purpose of this session is to discuss the cognitive, linguistic risk factors, and reading and writing abilities that should be included in a comprehensive evaluation for dyslexia. In addition, the presenter will describe several challenges that are inherent in the assessment of dyslexia, including: the over-reliance on phonological processing; the difficulty with early identification; the dilemma of twice exceptional students; the existence of co-occurring disorders, such as ADHD and language impairments; and the failure to implement the educational recommendations. Suggested solutions will be provided to address these challenges. The presenter will also briefly describe the Tests of Dyslexia, a comprehensive measure for dyslexia assessment, which will be available in 2022. Participants will enhance understanding of the main components of a comprehensive dyslexia evaluation, as well as the various challenges that can occur.


All seminars are available to view NOW

Please note: once you make your booking, access to the seminars will be available in your Patoss account on the next WORKING day via a link sent by the admin team. These seminars will be available until 9.00am Monday 9 May 2022 when the page will be taken down. There will be no extensions to this time. Handouts for each seminar are on the conference page along with a form to submit your questions to the speakers.

Free and Accessible Assistive Technology - Myles Pilling, AccessAbility Solutions

There have been great changes to make everyday software that is more accessible. This session will cover both Google and Microsoft developments. We will look at the main tools that make these applications more accessible for all. Google Docs have features that allow voice input. Gmail can have speech input to make emails easier. Microsoft Word can be read to you and also use voice input to make writing more fluid. We shall also be looking at free extensions to browsers that make accessing text easier and more productive. The pros and cons will be discussed of free as opposed to specialist software. Both have their place and understanding how and when to use free or specialist programmes will be discussed. By the end of the session participants will have a clear idea what these products can do and how best to use them.

Woodcock Johnson IV Tests of Cognitive Abilities: its use in Diagnostic Assessment of SpLDS (SASC Authorised 1 hour 15 minutes) - Rachel Simpson

This session will explore the use of WJIV Cog within assessments that follow the SASC report format: what is it like to use the battery within such an assessment: and what are the practical and diagnostic similarities and differences from other more familiar cognitive tests (such as WRIT, SDMT, TOMAL2, and CTOPP2)? What strengths does the battery offer? What potential pitfalls are there, and how can those pitfalls be addressed or mitigated? The session will follow STEC/SASC’s “Woodcock Johnson IV Tests of Cognitive Abilities (WJ IV COG): Guidance on using the battery within a diagnostic assessment for SpLDs”.

The purpose of the session will be to give delegates a deeper understanding of WJIV Cog to enable them to make informed decisions about what this battery may offer to their own practice and how they could use it.

Lessons Learned Listening to Dyslexic Learners - Margaret Rooke

Dyslexia is my Superpower

All over the world, adults are making decisions for children with dyslexia – from tutors and teachers to politicians, education policy makers and of course parents. We may have professional experience and expertise, but we are not them. Having spent four years interviewing children, teens, and adults with dyslexia, it’s clear to me that everyone knows how they learn best. They know their strengths and what will help them learn and develop. They realise that while they may be at the mercy of a rigid education system, one that so often doesn’t suit them, they have their own thoughts and ideas about what can make things better and easier and give them a real chance to succeed, at school and in later life. They can use their creativity to help them achieve as well as they can, feel good about themselves, and retain their self-belief.

This talk will look at some of the detail the children suggest will help them learn, and some of the ways we can support them in building themselves a brighter future.

Delegates can receive a 20% discount on the Dyslexia is My Superpower book

Four Decades of Collaboration and Co-operation in the Theory and Practice of ‘Dyslexia’: a Conversation to Guide Practitioners - Professor Maggie Snowling and Dr Valerie Muter

Val Muter and Maggie Snowling first met in the 1970s at Dyslexia Institute.  They outline the expertise each brought to this meeting as a foundation for their subsequent collaboration in research and practice to the present day.  They highlight changes in the concept of dyslexia and how it can no longer be considered the discrete specific disorder that they once thought. Their aim is to highlight for professionals and practitioners how engaging with theory leads to progress in practice.

Please note: There are no handouts for this seminar and Dr Muter and Prof Snowling will not be joining the live Q&A panels on the conference day.

Hear Professor Maggie Snowling give a free talk OnDemand: Dyslexia: A Very Short Introduction

Structured Word Inquiry: Literacy Instruction that Makes Sense of English Spelling for Students of all Ages and Abilities - Peter Bowers

This session addresses the theory and practice of “Structured Word Inquiry” (SWI) and where it fits in relation to research for literacy instruction across age and ability levels. Bowers shows how this instruction uses scientific inquiry with linguistic tools to reveal how English spelling links meaningfully related words through the interrelationship of morphology, etymology and phonology. Participants will see how studying words from this linguistic frame explains grapheme-phoneme correspondences typically considered irregular (e.g. roughonesign), and how it offers generative vocabulary learning by teaching the spelling-meaning connections between words (e.g sign, signal, design, signature) as shown in the study that introduced SWI (Bowers & Kirby, 2010). Bowers explains conventions of English spelling through the same practices used in classrooms around the world. Participants will leave with explicit teaching ideas, but more importantly they will gain an introduction to a new way to understand and teach how our written word works. 

Becoming a Business - Louise Green

This session is intended to give general information and not specific advice.  It will cover the benefits of setting up as an assessor working though a Limited Company.  It will consider when it becomes financial viable to become a company rather than continue as self-employed.  The various steps that need to be taken in order to set up a company will then be covered. 

The session will look at the potential advantages of running your assessment business as a company as well as the potential disadvantages such as increased costs in such areas as accounting and banking. The increased accountability when running a company also needs to be considered. 

There are other areas that may be affected as well such as amending any existing indemnity insurance policies and ensuring any potential employees would be covered by said policy.

By the end of the session the attendee should be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of setting up a company.

Lynn Greenwold, Patoss Chief Executive Officer will deliver her annual topical update

Conference and AGM Lynn Greenwold

Additional Information

CPD Values/Certificate

Please note the conference will give you 7.5 hours general and 2.5 hours SASC Authorised CPD - a total of 10 hours. Certificates will be sent electronically by the LetsGetDigital platform at the end of the conference day as long as you have registered on the LetsGetDigital platform.

Exhibitors, Sponsors and Suppliers

You can visit the multiple exhibitors virtually.  A list of exhibitors and principle sponsors is shown on the website so you can be sure not to miss out. Most exhibitors have special offers for delegates on the day.

Annual General Meeting

Our Patoss AGM will be held during the lunch break. It is your opportunity to come along and see what we've been up to and ask any questions. Attendance is optional.


In the conference platform users can connect to other delegates through the list of attendees, see who else is attending and make connections if they wish. This area has been much improved this year. Attendees can decide which other attendees they will share their data with.

Resources and Materials

Take the opportunity to look at and order books from many of the exhibiting retailers.

What else you get with your conference booking . . . 

Other than coming away with a raft of new information and having built fantastic networks, Patoss provides attendees with comprehensive notes covering all presentations, seminars and workshops in the form of a conference book which will be posted to you in advance of the conference day. 


Please note: delegates will be able to visit the platform on 21st & 22nd April to network, visit exhibitor stands and acqauint themselves with the conference site.

23 April 2022


Conference platform opens for networking and visiting exhibitors


Exhibitor videos linked to conference content

10.30 - 10.45

Conference opens – Introduction by Lynn Greenwold


Annual update from CEO




 Keynote address by Dr Nancy Mather

12.45 - 2.00 

Lunch break: Networking opportunites during lunch along with Exhibitor presentations - this year there will be more opportunities to network with colleagues with our improved service

1.15 - 1.45


2.00 - 2.30

 Live Question Time Panel: Louise Green and Rachel Simpson

2.30 - 2.40


2.40 - 3.10

Live Question Time Panel: Peter Bowers, Myles Pilling and Margaret Rooke

3.10 - 4.05


3.20 - 4.05

Live Q&A with Dr Mather from her keynote address

4.05 -4.15


4.15 - 5.00

Themed networking groups - Primary, Secondary, FE, HE, and Local Groups

As with all of our CPD you will have access to the recordings for two weeks following the conference whether you attend live or not.

What 2021 Conference Delegates said . . .

About the Let'sGetDigital platform:

  • It was very straightforward, even without the guides - but the guides were useful if I was to encounter any difficulties.
  • Clear instructions and screenshots provided in advance to anticipate any difficulties.  Interface was accessible.
  • Everything was explained fully and I did not feel there were any problems finding my way round.
  • Very clear instructions given by email prior to the event and on the home page.

About having the seminars three weeks in advance: 

  • Really helped because I have auditory processing difficulties so it was so much easier for me to take in the information - very much appreciated thank you. 
  • I was able to watch one beforehand and it is super to know I can access the other talks over the next couple of weeks.
  • So grateful to be able to watch in my own time and take breaks
  • I have found it really helpful to have the flexibility to watch the seminars in advance individually.  This has allowed me review parts of the presentations as and when needed - really useful to help maintain concentration!
  • It was so wonderful to have the seminars available before the event as I could read through and assimilate the information beforehand. 
  • It was very useful to watch before, so that the Q and A was more relevant and useful
  • Being able to pause and make notes was invaluable, and doing some independent research and reading mid-session helped e.g. the assessment tools or research papers mentioned in the presentations.  Also, no fatigue on the day. As well I could watch all sessions, rather than a selected few.

Terms & Conditions/Cancellation

Please note, this training must be paid in full before access is given to the webinar. By submitting a booking, you are agreeing to pay Patoss Ltd within 30 days. You are also agreeing to accept our Cancellation/Transfer Policy and Terms and Conditions which are shown at the bottom of the website page 

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For those professionals seeking to update an Assessment Practising Certificate, this event will contribute 2.5 hours to the core assessment practice CPD requirements.

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