Program

You will explore
 how children acquire basic mathematical skills 
in the elementary school years from a neurocognitive perspective. The role of language, working memory, visual-spatial reasoning, and executive functioning will be featured as primary cognitive constructs involved in the acquisition of basic number skills. Dr. Feifer will discuss the three primary ways in which numbers are formatted in the brain, as well as critical neurodevelopmental pathways that contribute to skills such as automatic fact retrieval, quantitative reasoning, and the development of number sense. You will learn about specific case studies along with scores of interventions. By the end of the workshop you will have developed a better understanding of the three prominent subtypes of math disabilities in children; learned critical assessment techniques to tease out each subtype; explored the role of anxiety and math; and discovered more efficient ways to diagnose and remediate math disorders in children.

This seminar runs from 8:15 am to 2:30 pm at the Crowne Plaza White Plains - Downtown.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Participants will be able to:
 
• Introduce a neurocognitive educational model of math by identifying three basic subtypes of math disabilities in children, and developing targeted intervention strategies for each subtype.
• Explore the role of various neurocognitive processes including language working memory, visual-spatial functioning, 
and executive functioning, with respect to math problem-solving ability and quantitative reasoning
• Identify the relationship between anxiety and mathematical performance
• Diagnose and remediate math disorders in children
• Discuss international trends in mathematics and reasons why the United States lags behind most industrialized nations in math and science
 
 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

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

 

WORKSHOP LEADER

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Steven G. Feifer, DEd, NCSP, ABSNP, is an internationally renowned speaker and author in the field of learning disabilities who has authored six books on learning and emotional disorders in children. He has 19 years of experience as a school psychologist, was voted the Maryland School Psychologist of the Year in 2008 and the 2009 National School Psychologist of the Year. He is also a diplomate in school neuropsychology and a faculty instructor in the ABSNP school neuropsychology training program. Dr. Feifer currently works in private practice at the Monocacy Neurodevelopmental Center in Frederick, MD.