Monday, June 27, 2016 at 8:30 AM
The Neuropsychology of Emotional Disorders:A Framework for Effective Interventions
By:Steven G. Feifer, D.Ed., NCSP, ABSNP
This workshop will explore the neural architecture of emotional behavior by examining various brain structures laying the foundation for higher level social skill functioning. Specific biological factors related to the development of social competence and emotional self-regulation will be explored. There will be a detailed discussion on behavioral self-regulation, anxiety disorders, and depression from a brain-based educational perspective, including cutting edge interventions such as neurofeedback. Schools can enhance emotional wellness in children through early prevention efforts, appropriate assessment strategies, and an improved school climate to foster emotional growth for all children. The specific learning objectives include:
(1) Discuss the neural architecture of emotion by detailing key brain regions
(2) Discuss the pitfalls of over-relying upon behavior management plans or
(3) Explore effective classroom interventions and treatment options for children with behavioral self-regulation issues and emotional disorders.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 8:30 AM
The Neuropsychology of Reading Disorders: An Introduction to the FAR
Steven G. Feifer, D.Ed., ABSNP
This workshop will examine reading from a brain-based educational perspective, and classify developmental reading disorders into four distinct subtypes. There will be a discussion matching each reading subtype with scores of evidence-based interventions. 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 psychologists. 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. The expected learner outcomes are:
1) Examine current literacy rates in the United States and the effectiveness of the No Child Left Behind legislation.
2) 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.
3) Discuss four subtypes of reading disabilities from a brain-behavioral perspective, and link scores of evidenced based interventions and relevant classroom strategies to address each subtype.
4) 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.
Steven G. Feifer, D.Ed., ABSNP is an internationally renowned speaker and author in the field of learning disabilities, and has authored six books on learning and emotional disorders in children. He has 19 years of experience as a school psychologist, and was voted the Maryland School Psychologist of the Year in 2008, and awarded the 2009 National School Psychologist of the Year. He was also honored as the Distinguished Alumni Scholar by Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2011. Dr. Feifer is a diplomate in school neuropsychology, and currently works as a faculty instructor in the ABSNP school neuropsychology training program. He continues to evaluate children in private practice at the Monocacy Neurodevelopmental Center in Frederick, MD, and regularly consults with numerous school districts throughout the country. Dr. Feifer has authored two tests on diagnosing learning disabilities in children released by PAR in 2015.
The Wisconsin School Psychologists Association (WSPA) is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to offer continuing professional development for school psychologists.
Continental Breakfast will be served at 8 am on both days.
Interested in Graduate Credit by attending both days of the Summer Institute? Please register through this link to UW-La Crosse. http://www.uwlax.edu/conted/wspa/summer.html
Staying at the Chula Vista? Mention the Conference Code E60619 to get special room rates.
Registration and Program Information:
Rob Dixon, WSPA Chair of Continuing Education
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54650