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Mathematics and the Brain :
A Neurodevelopmental Approach to Number Sense
April 9, 2013
Dedham, MA
April 25, 2013
Cromwell, CT

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All workshops are from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

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You will explore, from a neurocognitive perspective, how young children acquire basic mathematical skills in the elementary school years. Seminar leader Dr. Feifer will explain the specific brain pathways that assist children in being able to recall basic math facts and the order of numbers into sets, calculate multiple-step equations and tackle word problems. You will also examine the relationship between anxiety and mathematical performance, as well as two critical contructs, often overlooked when evaluating students with math difficulty: working memory and executive functions. He will discuss the three primary ways in which numbers are formatted in the brain and the central role of language to expand upon conceptually ordered number sets. You will come away with a better understanding of math disabilities in children along with some critical assessment techniques for these disabilities and more efficient ways to diagnose and remediate math disorders in children.


At this seminar, you will learn information about:

  • Introducing a neurocognitive model of math by identifying basic neural codes which format numbers
  • Exploring the role of three primary neurocognitive processes: working memory, visual-spatial functioning, and executive functioning, with respect to math problem solving ability
  • Introducing the 90-minute assessment model of mathematics, as well as scores of interventions in order to more efficiently diagnose and remediate math disorders in children
  • International trends in mathematics and reasons why the United States lags behind most industrialized nations in math and science
  • The relationship between anxiety and mathematical performance


This seminar will be applicable for special education teachers, elementary education teachers, school psychologists, math instructors, private psychologists, administrators and parents.



Steven G. Feifer, DEd, NCSP, ABSNP, is a nationally renowned speaker and author in the field of learning disabilities, and has authored six books on learning and emotional disorders in children. He is a licensed psychologist and has 19 years of experience as a school psychologist. Dr. Feifer is currently on the faculty at the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, and is the research coordinator for the Center for Applied Developmental Science and Neuroeducation at George Washington University. He maintains a private practice at the Monocacy Neurodevelopmental Center in Frederick, MD. Dr. Feifer was voted the Maryland School Psychologist of the Year in 2008, and awarded the 2009 National School Psychologist of the Year.