Manitoba Association of Resource Teachers

The Neuropsychology of Mathematics: A Framework for Effective Interventions

Westdale School 

6720 Betsworth Avenue



Friday, October 25, 2019 – 9:00-3:30

Doors Open: 8:20

Registration: 8:15 – 9:00

Opening Remarks: 9:00 – 9:10

Keynote: 9:10 – 10:10

Break: 10:10 – 10:25

Keynote: 10:25 – 11:30

Lunch (on site): 11:30 – 12:30

Keynote: 12:30 – 1:30

Break: 1:30 – 1:45

Keynote: 1:45 – 2:45

Q & A: 2:45 – 3:00

AGM: 3:00 – 3:30

Keynote Information

Code, Keynote Title – The Neuropsychology of Mathematics: A Framework for Effective Interventions

Presentation Description – This workshop will explore how young children learn and acquire basic mathematical skills from a brain-based educational perspective. The role of language, working memory, visual-spatial reasoning, and executive functioning will be featured as primary cognitive constructs involved in the acquisition of basic number skills.  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.  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, explored the role of anxiety and math, and to introduce more efficient ways to diagnose and remediate math disorders in children. The following objectives will be covered:

  1. Discuss international trends in mathematics, and where Canada stands compared to many other industrialized nations in math and science.
  2. Explore the role of various neurocognitive processes including language, working memory, visual-spatial functioning, and executive functioning, with respect to math problem solving ability and quantitative reasoning.
  3. Introduce a brain-based educational model of math by identifying three basic subtypes of math disabilities in children, and developing numerous games and intervention strategies for each subtype.
  4. Introduce the Feifer Assessment of Math (FAM) battery as a more viable means to both assess and remediate math disabilities in children.

Keynote Biography

Steven G. Feifer, D. Ed., NCSP, ABSNP is an internationally renowned speaker and author in the field of learning disabilities and has authored seven books on learning and emotional disorders in children.  He has nearly 20 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 is a diplomate in school neuropsychology, and currently works in private practice at the Monocacy Neurodevelopmental Center in Frederick, MD.  Dr. Feifer serves as a consultant to a variety of school districts, and is a clinical supervisor in the KIDS, Inc. School Neuropsychology Post-Graduate Training program as well.  He has authored two tests on diagnosing learning disabilities in children; the FAR and FAM, both published by PAR.



Tickets are available at Eventbrite:

Registration opens on –August 27, 2019

Registration closes on – October 25, 2019

Cancellation Policy – no cancellations, no refunds



Conference fees: $100.00 (includes lunch on site)

Membership fees (without conference) – $30.00

Membership and Conference fee – $100.00

Student fee – N/A

Early Bird – N/A

*Bring a water bottle, or “to go” cup


Contact Information:

Conference Chair:  

Lisa Clark, MTS PD Day Chair

Registrar and President:

Jennifer Young