Profile

M.Ed. (Spec. Ed.) (USyd.), M.A. (Lit.) (USyd.), B.A. (Psy.) (USyd.),
Cert.T.L.C.S.N. (ACU), Mgmt. Cert. (TAFE), MBTA accreditation, Senior Irlen screener, Advanced Lindamood/Bell training

Rowena Harding-Smith has worked as an education consultant in private practice for 16 years helping children and adults overcome learning, attention, and memory difficulties. Prior to that, she worked as a trainer in Human Resources in the retail sector.

Rowena has a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Psychology, a Master’s degree in English Literature and a Master’s degree in Special Education from School of Educational Psychology and Measurement, from the University of Sydney. She has a Certificate in Teaching Literacy to Children with Special Needs from the Australian Catholic University and has completed many training courses in the remediation of learning difficulties including advanced Lindamood/Bell training courses.

Rowena was a Director of SPELD (the Specific Learning Difficulties Organization of NSW) and while there held Australia’s first learning difficulties and ADHD expo. She is a regular speaker at various conferences and forums. She has been a lecturer at the SPELD Certificate course on Learning Difficulties (USyd. Accredited).
Rowena has participated in education forums in NSW parliament house and in 1999 was an invited speaker to NSW Opposition Education Policy Committee, at Parliament House, Sydney.

She has been a Member of Steering Committee for the creation of the Entry Level Course in TAFE NSW, for students with a learning Difficulty, in Hospitality (1997). She has been a community/peak body representative to the Department of School Education for the Kemp and McRae reports (1996, 1997), and a Peak body representative to the Directorate of Special Education concerning the upgrading of the Reading Recovery program in schools (1997). Rowena was SPELD Vice- President, Committee member and Director for over 5 years, lobbying MP’S for improved services for individuals with learning difficulties. She organised and ran a support group for the parents of children with learning difficulties and was a part of a small team to write the learning difficulties policy for her local school.


Rowena is a writer and wrote a weekly Q&A column on Learning Difficulties for Woman’s Day during 1998. She has appeared on television and radio discussing learning difficulties and ADHD. She is author of the book “Procrastinate Now!” and the author of a creative writing program for teaching reluctant writers how to write. She has recently appeared on the ABC Radio’s program: The Book Show to read some of her short fiction.
Rowena is a director of Working Memory: a company dedicated to improving people’s memories.