Sponsored by the Association of Specialists in the Assessment of Intellectual Functioning (ASAIF)   http://www.asaif.net

Dyscalculia: Tales from the Amazon: Neuroscience, Numbers, and a Newt Shorty

presented by Sara Stetson, Ed.D.


Date: June 1, 2017                                      Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.                         Registration: 4:30 p.m.


Location: Hartmann Learning Center (Located in the Etz Hayim building) 1 ½ Hood Road, Derry, NH.


Cost: $35 for ASAIF members and $55 for nonmembers (Nonmember rate for one's first Shorty of the school year plus $15 [a total of $60] confers membership through 8/31/17.*)   - this includes beverages and light snack; bring your own supper.


* MEMBERSHIP:  Become a member of ASAIF for $25 per year:  swasey@comcast.net (Lisa  Swasey, SAIF).  ASAIF membership years runs September 1 through August 31.


Certificates will be given for 3 continuing education hours or 3 NASP-approved CPD credits.


Did you know that infants, salamanders, and even guppies can compute and compare exact sets? Did you know there are people in the world who don’t use numbers at all? Do you consider yourself to be “bad” at math?  This workshop an in depth exploration of the neuroscience of number sense, how our brains represent numerals, and what happens when this system breaks down. Workshop participants will explore how children develop an understanding of exact set quantities by enacting two core systems. The approximate number system was originally adapted for estimation, and is likely the key to the assessment and remediation of math disabilities. The exact number system, which is part of our attentional mechanism, may also play a part in our ability to construct a concept of what it means to represent specific quantities. Both systems function independently of number symbols and language, but most researchers and psychologists use symbolic stimuli (that is, Roman numerals) to measure and assess mathematical ability, to develop interventions, and to diagnose dyscalculia. Workshop participants will learn about new methods for the measurement of number ability, probable causes of math disability, and visual models that may one day be used to treat dyscalculia, a difficult to remediate learning disability affecting 5% of the population.


Presenter:  Dr. Sara Stetson (www.sstetson.wordpress.com ) holds advanced degrees in learning disabilities and reading, school psychology, and leadership and learning. She has worked as a learning disabilities specialist, consulting teacher, school psychologist, department head, special education director, and student services administrator at the district level. Dr. Stetson is an award-winning higher education instructor with 16 years of experience teaching at the graduate level. She has taught courses in learning disabilities and reading, assessment and diagnosis, diversity, UDL/technology integration, and guest lectures on quantitative and qualitative research design. Dr. Stetson’s primary research interests include the remediation of specific learning disabilities, numerical cognition, identity development and diversity, and leadership ethics. Dr. Stetson speaks regularly at regional, national and international conferences such as CAST, CSLEE, Christa McAuliffe, NAEYC, and NCTM. She also provides staff development for teachers in school districts and private schools in New England. Workshop and presentation topics include:


  • Your Brain on Math

  • Digital Storytelling

  • Young Mathematicians

  • Ethical Case Studies

  • Systems Change

  • LD Methods

  • Identity Development and Diversity

  • Universal Design for Learning

  • Executive Functions, Dirty Dancing, a Monkey, and You

  • Design vs. Data

  • Understanding Dyslexia



Learning Objectives:  After attending this workshop, participants will:


  • Understand the brain basis of our core number systems and how they develop

  • Understand what happens when children’s number systems do not develop as expected

  • Find out how to determine whether children will be successful in mathematics, even before they have been exposed to numerals or the counting principles

  • Learn new and emerging methods for the assessment of numerical cognition

  • Learn about new and emerging methods for the remediation of developmental dyscalculia

Registrations will be accepted through Monday 29 May, but only if we get sufficient enrollment by Friday, 26 May in order to hold this Shorty, so please let us know by Friday 25 March, if possible! We are unable to provide refunds for cancellations after 25 May unless this event is cancelled by ASAIF.

There will be no confirmation letter. Only those who cannot be accommodated will be contacted.

For further information, dietary needs, and accommodations for participants with disabilities, please email gingermentel@gmail.com



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