The Neuropsychology of Writing Disorders- Dr Steven Feifer

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by: Steven G. Feifer, D.Ed.

This webinar will explore 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 struggled to cultivate more effective writing skills in their students, as well as 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), efficient word retrieval skills, executive functioning skills to organize and plan our inner thoughts and ideas, and working memory to hold our thoughts in mind long enough for effective motor skills output. A breakdown in these fundamental cognitive, linguistic, or motoric processes can result in various subtypes of written language disorders. The primary objectives of this presentation will include:

  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 more effective diagnostic tool to determine subtypes of dysgraphia in children, as well as to provide targeted intervention strategies.

This lecture format session will include a Q&A session. Participants will have a chance to submit questions in advance of the event, as well as in the live chat. The webinar will be held on Dec 3rd 2021, and will run from 9:00am to 12:00pm (Mountain Time).

This webinar will be hosted using Zoom and recorded for those of you who are unable to attend the live event. All registrants will receive a link to the recorded webinar and all presentation materials several days after the conclusion of the event.

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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.