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Engage in intensive training to understand the neuroscience underlying learning disabilities and interventions for these disabilities.


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Cost: $1,950

Join Us This July in Santa Barbara, CA

From July 17-21, 2017 Learning & the Brain is offering a Summer Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. This Institute will focus on how to apply neuroscientific research to develop individualized interventions for students with learning disabilities. You will learn how to classify learning disorders into distinct categories or subtypes based upon critical neurodevelopmental markers inherent within the child.

Dr. Feifer will show how to link each learning disorder's subtype in reading, writing, spelling, and math with scores of evidence based interventions. The use of neuropsychological assessment will be discussed as the primary means to identify children who have not responded to standard protocol interventions. All participants will have the opportunity to create individualized interventions for children with learning needs. The Institute is designed to be an intense, hands-on workshop with group projects and therefore is limited to 40 participants.

The Summer Institute Is for:

  • K-12 Teachers, Administrators
  • Reading Specialists
  • Special Educators
  • School and Clinical Psychologists
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • School Clinicians
  • College Professors

You Will Learn to:

  • Become proficient in understanding the neurological underpinnings of reading, math, written language and spelling disorders
  • Recognize specific subtypes of reading, math, spelling and written language disorders in children
  • Be able to link evidence-based intervention strategies with each learning disorder’s subtypes
  • Develop an appropriate assessment battery of children’s learning needs based upon multiple cognitive constructs
  • Create a series of research-based interventions for each specific learning disability subtype to share with the class
  • Evaluate the relevance of neuroscience research for informing intervention decision making


About the Institute

This Learning & the Brain Summer Institute will be led by Steven G. Feifer, DEd, NCSP, ABSNP and assisted by Stephanie Sasse, EdM. This program is designed to help individuals and school teams develop knowledge about learning disorders. The latest neuroscience research on learning disorders will be discussed as well as interventions for these disorders based on brain research. 

Active participation is expected throughout this Institute. There will be interactive lectures and facilitated discussions that include the sharing of experiences and questions from the participants. A full schedule of class sessions and activities is held each day, amounting to a program total of 20 hours. Additionally, there will be daily assignments for the final project.

The Institute sessions will all take place in the Sierra Madre complex on the campus of UC Santa Barbara. Course materials are provided.

About Steven Feifer

Steven G. Feifer, DEd, NCSP, ABSNP, is an internationally renowned speaker and author in the field oflearning disabilities who has authored six books on learning and emotional disorders in children. He has 19 years of experience as a school psychologist, and was voted the Maryland School Psychologist of the Year in 2008 and the National School Psychologist of the Year in 2009. He is 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. He has authored two tests on diagnosing learning disabilities in children.

Dr. Feifer is the author or co-author of several books including Integrating RTI With Cognitive Neuropsychology: A Scientific Approach to Reading (2007), Neuropsychology of Mathematics (2005) and The Neuropsychology of Written Language Disorders: Diagnosis and Intervention (2002).

About Stephanie Sasse

Stephanie Sasse, EdM, is the Executive Director of the People's Science, an organization dedicated to providing equitable access points and educational tools to inform individual decision-making and facilitate systemic change. Stephanie Sasse received her EdM from Harvard University, where she was selected as the 2013 Leadership in Education Scholarship recipient. She trained as a neuroscience/psychology researcher at Oregon Health & Sciences University and Harvard University. In addition to her research, she specializes in science communication, framework development, and design. Stephanie Sasse has leveraged these skills in her work as a teaching fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and as the former Managing Editor at the Learning & the Brain blog.

Professional Development Credit:

Earn up to 20 hours toward professional development credit for various professionals. For details on credit offered, visit our CE credit page or call our office at 781-449-4010 ext. 104. Note: credits are not provided by the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Accommodations and Meals:

Interaction between faculty and participants outside the classroom is an integral part of the Institute. To foster this total immersion learning environment, participants are housed in undergraduate dormitory accommodations on the UC Santa Barbara campus. The dormitory rooms are located in the recently opened Sierra Madre complex. Participants are assigned to their own bedroom in a shared two-bedroom apartment with each participant having their own bathroom. Linens are provided. All facilities are ADA compliant. The Institute provides four nights lodging with an arrival date of July 17 and a departure date of July 21. If you are interested in making your own accommodations off-campus or would like to arrange an early arrival on campus, please call us at 781-449-4010 x 101. Please check the online schedule for information on the meals provided. Note: The UCSB campus is a smoke-free campus.