The Neuropsychology of Writing Disorders- Dr Steven Feifer



Renowned expert and co-author of NEUROPSYCHOLOGY OF WRITTEN LANGUAGE DISORDERS: Developing Evidenced Based Interventions, Steven G. Feifer, D.Ed., discusses the neuropsychological underpinnings of the written language process, and the use of evidenced based interventions to remediate writing disorders in children.

For years, educators have identified the need and advocated strongly for more effective writing skills in their students, including the necessity to identify early signs of written language disorders. The ability to generate and produce written language requires multiple linguistic skills involving both phonological and orthographical functioning (the elementary components of language). Furthermore, word retrieval skills, executive functioning skills, and working memory capacity influence our ability to plan and organize our ideas, and impact the efficiency in which we can convey our ideas through the mechanics of written expression. A breakdown in these fundamental cognitive, linguistic, and/or motoric processes can result in various subtypes of written language disorders. The primary objectives of this presentation includes:

  1. Define the term developmental dysgraphia and discuss key warning signs of writing difficulties at all grade levels.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Differentiate between evidenced-based and research-based interventions and strategies pertaining to written language.
  5. Introduce the Feifer Assessment of Writing as a highly effective diagnostic tool to determine subtypes of dysgraphia in children, as well as to provide targeted intervention strategies.

The webinar was held on Dec 3rd 2021, from 9:00am to 12:00pm (Mountain Time).

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Presenter information

Steven G. Feifer, D. Ed., ABSNP

Steven G. Feifer, D. Ed., ABSNP is a renowned speaker and author of eight books and numerous articles on learning and emotional disorders in children. He is a licensed psychologist with more than 20 years of experience working directly in the schools, and is dually trained and board certified in school neuropsychology having completed research stints at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Feifer has earned numerous distinctions throughout his career including being awarded the Maryland School Psychologist of the Year, the National School Psychologist of the Year, and recently received the Outstanding Contribution to the Education and Training of Psychologists award by the Maryland Psychological Association. Dr. Feifer currently assesses children at the Monocacy Neurodevelopmental Center in Frederick, MD, and is a faculty instructor in the School Neuropsychology Post-Graduate Certification Program. He has authored three tests on diagnosing learning disabilities in children, all of which are published by PAR.