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Reading, Writing and the Brain: Developing Effective Interventions

Day Two: The General and Special Education Summit

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

Tuesday, December 3, 2019  |  Richmond, bc

Date & Location

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 – Tuesday, December 3, 2019

9:00am – 4:00pm

Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport

7311 Westminster Hwy

Richmond, BC V6X 1A3

phone:  604.278.5555

website:  www.executivehotels.net/vancouver-airport-hotel/

 Full map & directions

Workshop Description

This workshop will examine reading and written language disorders from a brain-based educational perspective, and classify each disorder 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. There will also be a discussion on new research developments revealing that brain chemistry and neural pathways can actually be altered based upon effective interventions. We explore the neuropsychological underpinnings of the writing process to assist educators and mental health professionals in both diagnosing and remediating written language disorders in children.

The ability to generate and produce written language requires multiple linguistic skills involving both phonological and orthographical functioning (the elementary components of language), word retrieval skills, executive functioning skills to organize inner thoughts and ideas, and working memory to hold our thoughts in mind long enough for effective motor skills output.

Lastly, the Feifer Assessment of Reading (FAR) battery, a comprehensive and innovative new reading test designed to examine the underlying cognitive and linguistic processes that supports proficient reading skills will be introduced to both educators and mental health professionals. The instrument is unique in that it helps school teams determine the specific subtype of reading disorder, features a dyslexia screener, and also yields numerous intervention strategies as well.

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Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Examine the current literacy rates in the United States and Canada and the effectiveness of the No Child Left Behind legislation
  • Discuss the four universal truths of reading and explain why relying solely upon IQ scores, or a curriculum-based measurement approach, can be misleading when identifying reading disorders in children
  • Discuss four subtypes of reading disabilities from a brain-behavioural perspective, and link scores of evidenced-based interventions and relevant classroom strategies to address each subtype
  • 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
  • Introduce the Feifer Assessment of Reading (FAR) battery as a more viable means to both assess and remediate reading disabilities in children from a brain-based educational perspective
  • Introduce the 90 minute LD evaluation measuring eight core constructs associated with learning disorders in children, including the Feifer Assessment of Reading (FAR) Battery
  • Develop comprehensive assessment batteries for specific learning disorders when presented with various clinical case presentations
  • Discuss the neural architecture responsible for written language development in children and learn key brain regions responsible for the organization and production of writing skills
  • Discuss three specific subtypes of writing disorders, with particular emphasis on how “frontal lobe” processes such as working memory and executive functioning impact each subtype
  • Discuss five essential steps for effective written language instruction, and learn intervention strategies for written language disorder subtypes

Continuing Education Credits

Your Presenter(s)

Steven G. Feifer, D.Ed., ABSNP

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


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.


Recommended Accommodation

Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport

7311 Westminster Hwy

Richmond, BC V6X 1A3

phone:  604.278.5555

website:  www.executivehotels.net/vancouver-airport-hotel/

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

For reservations, guests may call locally at 604-278-5555 or toll free at 1-800-663-2878 by mentioning the group name “Jack Hirose & Associates” or the group codes as follows:
Oct 23 – 25 … Event ID 81102
Nov 13 – 15 … Event ID 79484
Nov 25 – 26 … Event ID 79486
Nov 27 – 29 … Event ID 81272
Dec 2 – 4 … Event ID 83736

Room Type & Prices
Plaza / Courtyard Room- a queen bed or 2 double beds, mini-fridge
One-bedroom Condo Suite – a queen bed in master bedroom and a pullout sofa bed in living room, with full kitchen and in-room washer/dryer

October 23 – 25
Plaza – $189
Condo – $209

Plaza – $149
Condo – $179

December 2 – 4
Plaza – $159
Condo – $189


*please note, room reservations are subject to availability*

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 Enrollment $249 $269
Individual 2 Day Enrollment $449 $469
Individual 3 Day Enrollment $639 $659
Group 3-7 $619 $639
Group 8-14 $599 $619
Group 15+ $579 $599
Full-Time Student $579 $599

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

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

Early bird cutoff date: November 18, 2019
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Monday, November 18, 2019.

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