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

Cost: $1,995

Join Us This July in Santa Barbara, CA

From July 16 -20, 2018 Learning & the Brain is offering a Summer Institute on the oceanside campus of UCSB.

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. You will have the opportunity to create individualized interventions for children with learning needs. This 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, and writing 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
  • Discuss appropriate diagnostic educational assessment batteries that identify each learning disorders’ subtype
  • 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 Lauren Barker, EdD, NCSP. 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 Steve 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 The Neuropsychology of Mathematics: An Introduction to the FAM (2017), 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 Lauren A. Barker

Lauren A. Barker, EdD, NCSP, is a nationally certified school psychologist currently licensed in Illinois and California. She has seven years of experiencing working in public education, and has avid research interests in pediatric neuropsychology. Dr. Barker completed a post-graduate certificate program in school neuropsychology, and has contributed to many publications within that field. She currently practices as a full-time school psychologist in Cupertino, CA and has continued research interests in the translation of school neuropsychology into assessment and intervention practices within the educational setting.

Dr. Barker's research publications cover a broad array of interests within the field, including autism, executive functioning, large-scale brain systems, developmental language disorders, attention, and working memory. She is a co-author of the book Large Scale Brain Systems and Neuropsychological Testing (2016). Dr. Barker’s current research interests include developing assessment models to adhere to federal and state guidelines for special education eligibility and learning disabilities.

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 located on the Goleta side of the UC Santa Barbara campus. 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 16 and a departure date of July 20. 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.