Neuropsychology reaching the classrooms

Mathematics is one subject that almost all of us fear at some point in time, which is more because of the psychological factors . But there is a population of around 3-6% that suffers from Math Learning Disability (MLD) .
MLD is a severe difficulty in making arithmetical calculations, as a result of some brain disorder.
It is not only difficult for the people to study maths but also to detect such disability.
It is a daunting task for teachers and psychologists to determine and analyse if a student is a victim of MLD . But now we have a new tool that uses neurodevelopmental perspective, known as the Feifer Assessment of mathematics (FAM) written by Steven G. Fiefer, DEd. He also created the Feifer Assessment of Reading that detect reading disorders.
Both these assessments use neuroscience and psychology that allows psychologists and doctors to carry in-depth assessment to analyse various disorders. The FAM carries out 19 subtests measuring various aspects of math fact retrieval, numeric and spatial memory, perceptual estimation skills, linguistic math concepts, and core number sense development. FAM shows defects like dyscalculia and various subtype disorders.
FAM tests are not just created not to only to detect math related disorders but also to explain ‘ where ‘ and ‘why’ is there a problem.
“The FAR and FAM represent a more ecologically valid way to understand the core psychological processes involved with both reading and mathematics ” said Dr Feifer.
FAM is available online on PAR which is a leading publisher of assessment instruments, software, and other related materials. Over the past three decades, PAR has been providing customers with innovative assessment solutions.
“The FAM brings the newest and most updated research from the field of neuropsychology into the classroom,” stated R. Bob Smith III, PhD, PAR chairman and CEO. “The FAM is based on the premise that different neural pathways are responsible for the various cognitive processes used in mathematical problem solving.”

To know more about the FAM click here.

Reference :

Naomi Bhatia

Naomi Bhatia

IRIANS – The Neuroscience Institute


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