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2 Day Skills Practice Intensive: Brain-Based Strategies and Interventions to Help Children and Adolescents with Reading and Writing Disorders

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

Thursday, May 4, 2023 – Friday, May 5, 2023  |  Edmonton, ab

Date & Location

Thursday, May 4, 2023 – Friday, May 5, 2023

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Royal Hotel West Edmonton (Formerly the Executive Hotel Edmonton West)

10010 – 178 St. NW
Edmonton, AB

phone:  780.484.6000

website:  www.royalhotelwestedmonton.ca/

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Workshop Description

The fundamental aim of this 2-day course will be to utilize cognitive neuroscience to better understand language-based learning disorders in children and adolescents.  Each lecture has been designed to examine reading and written language 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.  Lastly, all participants will have a “hands on” opportunity to meet in small groups and review case studies in order to develop additional recommendations for struggling learners.

Day 1 Reading:  This lecture will begin by discussing the current state of literacy in Canada, as well as to differentiate dyslexia from other reading disorders.   There will be an emphasis on examining reading from a brain-based educational perspective, with the goal being to classify developmental reading disorders into four distinct subtypes.   Specific cognitive constructs will include phonemic awareness and 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 consistent with dyslexia.   Lastly, specific case studies will be presented to participants working in small groups in order to develop a “hands on” opportunity to generate targeted intervention strategies for struggling learners.

Day 2 Writing:  This lecture 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 will be outlined, with particular emphasis on how “frontal lobe” processes such as attention, working memory, and executive functioning impact each subtype.  In addition, five essential steps for effective written language instruction will be reviewed, as well as key assessment tools to evaluate written language disorders in children.  A brief review of the  Feifer Assessment of Writing (FAW) battery will be shared, as well as other key instruments to diagnose children with written language disorders consistent with dysgraphia.   Lastly, specific case studies will be presented to participants working in small groups in order to develop a “hands on” opportunity to generate targeted intervention strategies for struggling learners.

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

Day 1:  The Neuropsychology of Reading Disorders

8:30 am – 10:00 am    

  • Literacy rates in Canada
  • Defining developmental dyslexia
  • Four universal truths of reading
  • Establishing the main neurodevelopmental pathways for reading

10:00 am – 10:15 am          *BREAK*

10:15 am – 12:00 pm             

  • Subtypes of reading disorders
  • Interventions for dyslexia subtypes
  • 4 interventions all schools must have

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm           *LUNCH*

 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm          

  • Interventions for reading comprehension difficulties
  • Introduction to the Feifer Assessment of Reading (FAR)

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm         

  • Case studies and work groups


Day 2:  The Neuropsychology of Written Language Disorders

8:30 am – 10:00 am   

  • Prevalence of written language disabilities
  • Why do boys struggle more than girls with written language?
  • Eight core cognitive constructs underscoring written language

10:00 am – 10:15 am                  *BREAK*

10:15 am – 12:00 pm

  • Eight core cognitive constructs underscoring written language
  • Three subtypes of written language disorders

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm                  *LUNCH*

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm     

  • Is handwriting a lost art?
  • Five essential components to develop written language proficiency
  • Research based strategies to improve written language production
  • An introduction to the Feifer Assessment of Writing (FAW)

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

  • Case studies and work groups

Learning Objectives

  • Differentiate the terms “developmental dyslexia” and “dysgraphia” from other learning disorders, and discuss how schools can best screen for early learning pitfalls in children.
  • Introduce 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 the impact of the pandemic on student achievement, and the need to utilize diagnostic achievement tests in addition to traditional achievement tests.
  • Present case studies to students working in small groups 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

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

Riviera Plaza and Conference Centre Calgary Airport

3515 26 Street N.E., Calgary, AB T1Y 7E3

phone:  403.250.8855

website:  www.rivieraplazacalgary.com/

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Our rates:

Please contact the hotel directly for current group rates, when booking please reference “Jack Hirose & Associates”. To make a reservation over the phone, please call 403.250.8855

*please note, room reservations are subject to availability*

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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 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: April 20, 2023
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Thursday, April 20, 2023.

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