REACH presents a Research to Practice conference:

Working Memory, Executive Functioning

& Learning Difficulties

Featuring International experts Dr. Jennie Guise and Dr. Gavin Reid.

Thank you to all who joined us for this sold out event. We look forward to seeing everyone next year. Check back for details about our next event.

138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver, BC, V7L0A7
(Quote Group ID #166948 for discounted stay for out of town guests)


Session 1. Working Memory, Executive Functioning & Dealing with Barriers to Learning

Executive functioning and cognitive factors such as working memory and processing speed can have a significant impact on success in academic settings. Understanding these processes along with learning difficulties and social/emotional barriers will be presented in a framework that supports educators in understanding a learner’s strengths and difficulties and formulate effective interventions to support students.


Session 2. Learning to Learn: Effective Learning and Metacognition

Insights into current international research of dyslexia and learning difficulties will be highlighted and linked to impacts on learning. Establishing effective learning strategies for students with LDs enables the learner to become more effective in their educational environment. Dr. Reid will also discuss supporting the child to become a self-sufficient and independent learner so that they can gain an understanding of their own learning profile, effectively helping them when faced with new learning challenges or needing to self-advocate for their learning needs.


Session 3. Effective Learning in Practice

Linking research to practice, this session will involve a number of activities focusing on strategies for reading, writing and other aspects of dyslexia which can prevent effective learning. With an overriding emphasis on promoting a positive school and classroom ethos, educators will be guided in ensuring the learner with LDs and dyslexia can thrive within their inclusive school setting.


Dr. Jennie Guise is an Practitioner Psychologist with extensive experience in assessing for Specific Learning Difficulties in Elementary, Secondary, Post Secondary and in adulthood. She has worked in research and now in applied practice as the founder and Director of Disguise Ltd in the U.K. and has conducted assessments and presented in conferences worldwide. Dr. Guise’s main interests are in identifying what will help individual learners to progress, and in working collaboratively with educators and workplaces to apply that knowledge in practical ways.

Dr. Gavin Reid is an independent international educational psychologist with active consultancies in seven countries.  Dr. Reid conducts full psychological assessments in many countries and currently carries out regular independent assessments for schools and centres in Switzerland, Vancouver, Yukon, Cairo, Kuwait, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Casablanca, Spain and throughout the UK. He has written 27 books in dyslexia, literacy, learning styles and motivation. These are used as core course texts in courses worldwide and some have been translated into six languages and has made over 1,000 conference and seminar presentations in 65 countries. Gavin Reid utilises his experiences as a teacher, psychologist, researcher, university professor and most importantly as a parent in his work. 



  • 8:30am to 9:15am > Registration
  • 9:15am to 9:30am > Introductions
  • 9:30am to 10:45am > Session 1. Working Memory, Executive Functioning and Dealing with Barriers to Learning
  • 10:45am to 11:15am > Nutrition Break
  • 11:15am to 1:00pm > Session 2. Learning to Learn: Effective Learning and Metacognition
  • 1:00pm to 2:00pm > Break for Lunch (buffet lunch included!)
  • 2:00pm to 3:25pm > Session 3. Effective Learning in Practice: Strategies and Activities
  • 3:25pm to 3:30pm > Closing Comments