The Feifer Assessment of Mathematics™ (FAM™) is now available on PARiConnect!
May 17, 2016
a student struggles in math so you can determine
to intervene just got easier! The FAM is a comprehensive assessment of mathematics designed to examine the underlying neurodevelopmental processes that support the acquisition of proficient math skills. It not only helps determine
an examinee has a math learning disability, but also identifies the specific subtype of dyscalculia, which better informs decisions about appropriate interventions.With the
on PARiConnect, you can:
Receive Score Reports instantly for the FAM battery and FAM Screening Form after entering scale-level data.
Obtain brief interpretive statements available only through PARiConnect.
Generate Reliable Change Reports to track performance after multiple administrations of the FAM.
Try the FAM on PARiConnect today!
Free 24/7 training on the FAM is available on the
PAR Training Portal
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Now Available! The Feifer Assessment of Mathematics!
Identifying and addressing characteristics of a math learning disability gives clinicians and educators the tools they need to develop appropriate interventions specific to the individual child, so he or she can succeed in math.The Feifer Assessment of Mathematics™ (FAM™) isolates, measures, and quantifies three subtypes of developmental dyscalculia to explain—from a neurodevelopmental perspective—why a child may have difficulty in math.The 19 subtests of the FAM help determine not only if a child has the characteristics of a general math learning disability (MLD), but also his or her specific subtype of dyscalculia: Procedural: A deficit in the ability to count, order, or sequence numbers or mathematical procedures. Verbal: An inability to use language-based procedures to assist with arithmetic skills. Semantic: A core deficit in both visual-spatial and conceptual components.Created by Steven G. Feifer, DEd, author of the Feifer Assessment of Reading™ (FAR™), the FAM is: Unique: It’s the only math assessment that identifies specifically WHY a student is struggling in math by identifying his or her specific type of dyscalculia. Fast: The available Screening Form takes just 15 minutes, and comprehensive testing can be completed ...
Now available... The Feifer Assessment of Reading!
PAR is pleased to announce the release of the Feifer Assessment of Reading™ (FAR™) by Steven G. Feifer, DEd. This comprehensive test is designed to help identify specific reading disorder subtypes so clients can individualize a child’s education plan with interventions targeted to that child’s needs. Based on the author’s neurodevelopmental theory of reading, which maps reading disorders to specific neural pathways in different regions of the brain. Aids diagnosis by generating index scores for four dyslexic subtypes: dysphonetic dyslexia, surface dyslexia, mixed dyslexia, and reading comprehension deficits. Puts the I back in IEP by directly informing intervention decisions; helps educators develop customized learning goals and objectives. Features colorful, engaging, and unique item content. Offers norms based on a diverse standardization sample of 1,074 individuals. In just 15 minutes, the Screening Form can identify those who may be at risk for a reading disorder. Can be used by professionals qualified to diagnose reading disorders and by teachers qualified to screen students for reading difficulties, develop individualized interventions, and monitor progress. Includes a Fast Guide, a quick-start manual that will help you get up to speed on the ...
Brain-Based Assessment: An Interview with Steven G. Feifer (Part 2)
We recently sat down with Steven G. Feifer, DEd, author of the Feifer Assessment of Reading™ (FAR™) and Feifer Assessment of Mathematics™ (FAM™) for an interview to discuss how to use cognitive neuroscience to better understand why students struggle in school. This is the second part of a two-part interview. Did you miss Part 1? Catch up here.How do the FAR and FAM go beyond just using an aptitude/achievement discrepancy perspective?SF: The FAR and FAM represent a more ecologically valid way to understand the core psychological processes involved with both reading and mathematics. Many psychologists are used to measuring executive functioning, working memory, visual perception, and processing speed using stand-alone instruments, and then must clinically bridge these results into the worlds of reading and math. In other words, how does poor performance on executive functioning tasks impact the ability to read on grade level? These can be very difficult questions to answer.The FAR and the FAM seek to measure these psychological constructs while the student is actually engaged in the academic skill itself, allowing the examiner to directly determine ...
Brain-Based Assessment: An Interview with Steven G. Feifer (Part 1)
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PAR Assessment Toolkit Web Version Now Available
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The Feifer Assessment of Reading: Brain Science and the Response-to-Intervention Approach
What does the science of cognitive neuropsychology—brain research—have to say about why kids struggle to read? Plenty! But it can be very time-consuming for busy professionals to sift through the research, assess kids’ brain functioning, and choose interventions that target their specific needs. This is where the Feifer Assessment of Reading™ (FAR™), a new product from PAR, can help.The FAR was developed using a brain-based educational model of reading. Research using neuroimaging techniques has clearly shown that specific neural networks in the brain are associated with different aspects of the reading process, such as phonemic awareness, fluency, decoding, and comprehension. This means that interventions for reading disorders vary depending on the specific dyslexic subtype of the individual reader.Reading expert Dr. Steven Feifer developed the FAR to identify the four most common dyslexic subtypes: dysphonetic dyslexia, surface dyslexia, mixed dyslexia, and reading comprehension deficit. Comprising 15 subtests to measure highly differentiated aspects of reading, the FAR generates five index scores: the Phonological Index, including phonemic awareness, decoding, and positioning sounds; the Fluency Index, including orthographic processing plus both visual perception and verbal ...
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