THE NEUROPSYCHOLOGY OF WRITTEN LANGUAGE DISORDERS: Developing Evidenced Based Interventions
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:
- Define the term developmental dysgraphia and discuss key warning signs of writing difficulties at all grade levels.
- 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.
- Differentiate between evidenced-based and research-based interventions and strategies pertaining to written language.
- 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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