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The Neuropsychology of Learning Disabilities: Developing Evidenced-Based Reading, Writing, and Math Interventions

Presented by Steven G. Feifer, D.Ed., ABSNP

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 – Thursday, February 24, 2022  |  Calgary, ab

Date & Location

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 – Thursday, February 24, 2022

8:30am – 4:00pm

Royal Hotel Calgary, Trademark Collection by Wyndham (Formerly the Executive Royal Hotel)

2828 23rd Street NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 8T4

phone:  888.388.3932

website:  www.executivehotels.net/calgaryhotel

 Full map & directions

Workshop Description

The fundamental aim of this course is to utilize cognitive neuroscience to better understand learning disorders in children.  This workshop has been designed to examine reading, writing, and math disorders from a brain-based educational perspective.  The primary learning objectives will be to classify learning disabilities into distinct subtypes based upon neural pathways in the brain.  There will be a detailed discussion linking each learning disability subtype with scores of evidenced based interventions.


The Neuropsychology of Reading lectures will examine reading from a brain-based educational perspective, and classify developmental reading disorders into four distinct subtypes.  There will be a focus on multiple cognitive constructs involved with reading including phonological processing, working memory, executive functioning, and orthographical processing skills. A brief review of the  Feifer Assessment of Reading (FAR) battery will be shared, as well as other key instruments used to screen and diagnose children with reading disorders and dyslexia.


The Neuropsychology of Written Language lectures will examine the cognitive underpinnings inherent within the writing process.  There will be a discussion on national trends in written language, as well as gender differences in achieving proficient writing skills.  In addition, three specific subtypes of writing disorders, with particular emphasis on how “frontal lobe” processes such as working memory and executive functioning impact each subtype, will be discussed as well.  Lastly, five essential steps for effective written language instruction will be shared, as well as key assessment tools to evaluate written language disorders.


The Neuropsychology of Mathematics  lecture will explore how young children learn and acquire basic mathematical skills from a brain-based educational perspective.  Specific pedagogical styles, the role of anxiety, and cultural differences in mathematics will be shared.  There will be a discussion on three primary ways in which numbers are formatted in the brain, as well as the central role of language to expand upon conceptually ordered number sets.  In addition, the role of working memory, visual-spatial reasoning, and executive functioning will be featured as core cognitive attributes to develop number sense in young children. Lastly, a brief review of the  Feifer Assessment of Mathematics (FAM) battery will be discussed as well.



Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

The Neuropsychology of Reading Disorders

  • Defining developmental dyslexia
  • Four universal truths of reading
  • Establishing the main neurodevelopmental pathways for reading
  • Subtypes of reading disorders
  • How to double your reading speed? 

 Diagnosing and Remediating Reading Disorders

  • Interventions for dyslexia subtypes
  • Interventions for reading comprehension difficulties
  • General recommendations to increase reading fluency
  • Introduction to the Feifer Assessment of Reading (Far)
  • Case studies

The Neuropsychology of Written Language Disorders

  • Prevalence of written language disabilities
  • Why do boys struggle more than girls in written language?
  • Eight core cognitive constructs underscoring written language
  • Three subtypes of written language disorders

Diagnosing and Remediating Written Language Disorders

  • Is handwriting a lost art?
  • Five essential components to develop written language proficiency
  • Research based strategies to improve written language production
  • 90-minute dysgraphia evaluation
  • Case studies

 The Neuropsychology of Mathematics

  • Where does Canada and the U.S. rank among mathematical performance compared to 72 industrialized nations?
  • What is developmental dyscalculia?
  • Four steps toward developing a math brain.
  • The role of anxiety and mathematical problem solving

Diagnosing and Remediating Math Disorders

  • Subtypes of mathematical learning disabilities
  • Interventions for math disorders
  • Websites and Apps to develop mathematical problem solving skills
  • Introduction to the Feifer Assessment of Mathematics (Fam)
  • Case studies

Learning Objectives

  1. Differentiate “developmental dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia” from other learning disorders, and discuss how schools can best screen for early learning pitfalls in children.
  2. Introduce a brain-based educational model of reading, math, and written language disorders by classifying each disability into basic subtypes, with specific remediation strategies linked to each subtype.
  3. Discuss the weaknesses in using an “aptitude-achievement” discrepancy model to identify learning disorders in children.  Instead, a processing strengths and weaknesses model featuring eight core constructs associated with learning disorders in children will be featured.
  4. Present case studies to help differentiate weaker learners from students with actual learning disabilities, and discuss targeted interventions for all students with academic learning issues.

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop may be may be eligible for CEUs from the following associations:  Show more
  • Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW)
  • Canadian Centre for Accreditation (CCA)
  • Canadian College of Professional Counsellor & Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
  • College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
  • Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (OAMFT)
  • Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care (OACYC)
  • Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
  • Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW)
  • Ontario Society of Psychotherapists (OSP)

* Please contact your accrediting body for more information on individual association requirements.

Your Presenter(s)

Steven G. Feifer, D.Ed., ABSNP

Steven G. Feifer, D. Ed., NCSP, ABSNP  is an internationally renowned speaker and author in the field of learning disabilities, and has authored eight books on learning and emotional disorders in children.  He has more than 20 years of experience as a school psychologist, and is dually certified in school neuropsychology.  Dr. Feifer was voted the Maryland School Psychologist of the Year in 2008, and awarded the 2009 National School Psychologist of the Year.  He was the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Contribution to the Education and Training of Psychologists award by the Maryland Psychological Association.   Dr. Feifer serves as a consultant to a variety of school districts, and is a popular presenter at state and national conferences.  He has authored three tests on diagnosing learning disabilities in children, all of which are published by PAR.


 “I love the speaker. He knows how to engage the audience and keep us focused. Interesting and applicable info and stories, very organized and will timed presentation.”
– Richmond, BC | December 2, 2019

“This professional learning workshop was very targeted and well organized. The presenter was well prepared and very knowledgeable. He explicitly connected the neuropsychology and the intervention piece. A very worthwhile and informative session.”
– Calgary, AB | November 1 – 2, 2018

“Very good presentation. Thorough scientific content. Very clear about information. Afternoon presentation, very clear, excellent content. This is a deeply competent, expert + well informed.”
– Langley, BC | November 20 – 22, 2017


Who Should Attend

Education and Clinical Professionals: All education and mental health or healthcare professionals who work with children or youth including, but not limited to K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors, Learning Assistance/Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers • All other professionals who support behavioural challenges and complex learning needs including but not limited to: Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Clinical Counsellors, Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Addiction Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Probation Officers and Community Police Officers.

Recommended Accommodation

Royal Hotel Calgary, Trademark Collection by Wyndham (Formerly the Executive Royal Hotel)

2828 23rd Street NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 8T4

phone:  888.388.3932

website:  www.executivehotels.net/calgaryhotel

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

To make a reservation, please call 403.291.2003 or 1.877.769.2562 and refer to the Jack Hirose & Associates group rate.

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Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual Enrollment $469 $489
Group 3-7 $449 $469
Group 8-14 $429 $449
Group 15+ $409 $429
Full-Time Student $409 $429

All fees are in Canadian Dollars ($CAD)

Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).

Early bird cutoff date: February 9, 2022
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Wednesday, February 9, 2022.

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