The Neuropsychology of Reading & Written Language Disorders: A Framework for Effective Interventions
Day Two: The Calgary Educators' Conference
Presented by Steven G. Feifer, D.Ed., ABSNP
Thursday, May 9, 2019 | Calgary, ab
This workshop will examine reading and written language disorders from a brain-based educational perspective, and classify both dyslexia and dysgraphia into distinct subtypes. There will be a detailed discussion linking each learning disorder’s subtype with scores of evidence-based interventions. Four universal truths when teaching reading will be shared, in addition to five essential steps for effective written language instruction. The use of neuropsychological assessment addressing multiple cognitive constructs that underscore literacy will be featured. For instance, the role of phonological processing, orthographic processing, working memory, language and motor skill development, and executive functioning will be discussed as being crucial for effective literacy skills to emerge. Lastly, the “90-minute” learning disorders evaluation highlighting the Feifer Assessment of Reading (FAR) battery will be introduced as a more effective means to both identify and remediate language-based learning disabilities in children.
Agenda & Learning Objectives
- Discuss national trends in reading and literacy
- Define “dyslexia” and main pitfalls of using solely IQ testing or Rtl to identify this condition
- Four universal truths with respect to reading
- Subtypes of reading disordered and interventions
- An introduction to the FAR
- Discuss national trends in written language and gender differences in writing achievement
- Discuss eight core cognitive constructs involved with written language development
- Four main subtypes of written language disorders
- Discuss current literacy rates in Canada and trends in reading achievement
- Differentiate “developmental dyslexia” from other learning disorders, and discuss how schools can best screen for early reading pitfalls in children
- Discuss four universal truths with respect to teaching reading based upon brain-behavioural principles
- Describe a brain-based educational model of reading and written language disorders by classifying each disability into basic subtypes, with specific remediation strategies linked to each subtype
- Discuss five essential steps for effective written language instruction
- Describe the 90 minute LD evaluation measuring eight core constructs associated with learning disorders in children, including the Feifer Assessment of Reading (FAR) battery
Continuing Education Credits
This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
- Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
- Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
- Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
- Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
- Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
- Canadian Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA)
- Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC)
- Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
- Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA)
† The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved CEUs.
* Participants will receive a certificate of completion after every workshop. Workshops are pre-approved for 5.5 or 6 credits per day unless otherwise specified.
Steven G. Feifer, D.Ed., ABSNP is an internationally renowned speaker and author in the field of learning disabilities, and has authored seven books on learning and emotional disorders in children. He was voted the Maryland School Psychologist of the Year in 2008, and awarded the 2009 National School Psychologist of the Year. Dr. Feifer is a licensed psychologist currently employed at the Monocacy Neurodevelopmental Center in Frederick, MD, and also teaches in the ABSNP neuropsychology training program, as well as consults with numerous school districts. Dr. Feifer has authored two tests on diagnosing learning disabilities in children.
“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
“Congratulations Dr. Feifer on being one of the first American presenters I have heard who took the time to do research + make slides with Canadian info + statistics, when presenting in Canada!”
– Langley, BC | November 20 – 22, 2017
“Very engaging speaker – obviously passionate about what he does. Fantastic balance of theory/practical applications. Visual format of slides were easy to see/follow plus he used to guide his discussions but didn’t read off them. Feifer made the audience feel at ease and welcome to ask questions.”
– Saskatoon, SK | May 10 – 12, 2017
“Thank you so much for an interesting workshop. I enjoyed the information because the neuropsychology aspect is so important to why and where we need to go with literacy interventions.”
– Tracie McDonald | Winnipeg, MB | December 3, 2015
Who Should Attend
Education and Clinical Professionals: K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors/Psychologists, Learning Assistance/ Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers. All other professionals who support students 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, Police Officers, and Early Childhood Educators.
Parents, Caregiver, Foster Parents, Grandparents, and Extended Family raising a child.
Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre
1316 33 St NE, T2A 6B6, Calgary, AB
May 7 – May 9, 2019
Block ID: 10548
Single/Double Rate – $135
Triple Rate – $150
Quad Rate – $165
Single/Double Rate – $160
Triple Rate – $175
Quad Rate – $190
Release Date: April 7, 2019
When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.
Registration & Fees
|Registration||Early bird Fee||Regular Fee|
|Individual 1 Day Enrolment||$249||$269|
|Individual 2 Day Enrolment||$449||$469|
|Individual 3 Day Enrolment||$619||$639|
All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).
Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).
Early bird cutoff date: April 24, 2019
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Wednesday, April 24, 2019.
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