You will explore, from a neurocognitive perspective, how young children acquire basic mathematical skills in the elementary school years. Dr. Feifer will explain the specific brain pathways that assist in children 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 constructs 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.


The workshop runs from 8:15am - 2:30pm

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At this seminar, you will learn information about:

  • 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
  • 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.


feiferSteven 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.