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Wednesday, September 13, 2023

8:00 am 

Registration and Breakfast

9:00 am

The Neuropsychology of Mathematics
This presentation will explore how young children learn and acquire basic mathematical skills from a brain-based educational perspective. There will be a discussion on three primary ways in which numbers are formatted in the brain, as well as critical neurodevelopmental pathways that contribute to skills such as automatic fact retrieval, quantitative reasoning, and the development of number sense. In addition, the role of anxiety and mathematics will be explored as well. Lastly, the Feifer Assessment of Mathematics (FAM) test will be introduced as a more viable means to both assess and remediate math learning disabilities in children. The expected learner outcomes will be to better understand three prominent subtypes of math disabilities in children, learn critical assessment techniques to tease out each subtype, and to target specific remediation strategies to better assist children.
Dr. Steven G. Feifer, D.Ed., ABPdN

12:00 pm 

Lunch, Annual Business Meeting, Awards

1:30 pm 

The Neuropsychology of Written Language Disorders
This workshop 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.
Dr. Steven G. Feifer, D.Ed., ABPdN

4:30 pm


5:15 pm

President's Social

Thursday, September 14, 2023

7:00 am 

Registration and Breakfast

8:00 am 

NASP Keynote: A Season for Champions
This session will celebrate school psychologists as champions for children and for schools, focusing on our strength, empowerment, and capacity for growth. At a time when the mental health and academic needs of children and youth are at an all-time high, the services of school psychologists are more relevant and necessary than ever. Continuing to show up for children and families during seasons of struggle reveals school psychologists as champions.
Andrea Clyne, Ph.D.

9:00 am 


9:10 am 

Session: Wellness and Burnout Prevention/Intervention
This session will provide attendees with the opportunity to do a self-check on their overall wellness, reflect on the types of stressors that make them at risk for burnout and compassion fatigue, and explore strategies, routines, and resources they can access to shore up their wellness and promote longevity in the profession.
Andrea Clyne, Ph.D.

10:45 am 

Moving From What’s Wrong to What’s Strong: Harnessing Strength-Based Practices for a Positive School Climate
In this session, we dissect the concept of deficit-thinking, showcasing its subtle yet pervasive presence in our educational systems and its counterproductive effects on student development and school culture. We will then argue for a fundamental paradigm shift to strength-based practices. By focusing on what's strong instead of what's wrong, we can better support our student's social and emotional development. This shift offers a fresh lens through which to view the unmet needs of the youth - not as unsolvable problems but as opportunities for actionable change. We will then delve into the role of strength-based practices in creating a positive school climate. Drawing on research from positive psychology and school climate case studies, we will illustrate the potential of strength-based culture to improve individual student outcomes and overall school community well-being. Importantly, this keynote discussion will be practical, providing concrete strategies for implementing strength-based practices in schools. By the end of the session, participants will be energized, inspired, and able to walk away with a clear understanding of the importance of these practices and a roadmap for bringing them into their school communities.
Dr. Byron McClure

12:20 pm 


1:00 pm 

Conducting Collaborative PSW Assessments within a Science of Reading Framework
This presentation will focus on how to foster effective and efficient collaborative evaluations amongst educational service providers to increase diagnostic specificity and treatment of dyslexia, SLD, and SLI. There will be broad overviews of PSW assessment using CHC, the Simple View of Reading framework, and how to analyze the impact of your school’s reading curriculum on children’s success in reading. Specific steps and procedures on how to organize a collaborative cross battery (XBA) assessment with all educational specialists and service providers. A case study will be reviewed to show how to plan, organize, and interpret data, leading to increased confidence in educational diagnosis and specific intervention development. Interwoven throughout the session will be how to apply these concepts when working with multilingual children.
Andrew Shanock, PhD, NCSP

4:00 pm 


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