Speaker Highlights

Daniel Ansari, Ph.D.

Building blocks of mathematical competence: evidence from brain & behavior

Recent research has shown that basic number processing (such as comparing which of two numbers is larger) is related to individual differences in children’s arithmetic achievement. Furthermore, children with mathematical disabilities (Developmental Dyscalculia) have been found to perform poorly on basic number processing tasks. This talk will review evidence for an association between basic number processing and arithmetic achievement in children with and without mathematical difficulties. Evidence will be drawn from both brain and behavior and there will be discussion on the implications of this research for assessment, diagnosis and intervention.

Guinevere Eden, Ph.D.

Decoding the Reading Brain: Evidence from Brain Imaging Studies

Reading is a cultural invention. It has to be learned through explicit instructions, resulting in the recruitment and utilization of a variety of brain areas that were not designed to read specifically. This presentation will show how brain imaging is used to reveal brain areas that are involved in word processing in typical and struggling readers. The integration of functional brain imaging data with psycho-educational tests is important in determining brain-behavioral relationships. Brain imaging has been used to test some of the opposing theoretical frameworks that have been put forward to explain dyslexia. For example, what is the role of the visual system deficit in dyslexia? Understanding the origin of the difficulty in reading is critical for deveolping the best avenues of intervention. This presentation will also highlight the importance of distinguishing between cause and consequence when it comes to interpreting the manifestation of children who are struggling readers. I will discuss the neural correlates of successful reading intervention and how brain activity can be used to predict which individuals are most likely to make the biggest, tutoring-induced gains. Finally, this research will also be examined in the broader context of the neural basis for learning and the role of sensory and language experience on the brain. Together, this knowledge can be harnessed to bring about positive change for students with learning difficulties.


The Association of Educational Therapists (AET) is the national professional association for educational therapists. AET defines and sets standards for the professional practice of educational therapy. Educational therapists provide a broad range of individualized educational interventions for children and adults with learning disabilities and other learning challenges.

Who Should Attend?

  • Educational Therapists
  • Educators working with PreK-University students in both general and special education
  • Parents
  • Allied Professionals, including Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Speech and Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Psychologists and Psychiatrists
  • Anyone working with a student with learning differences is welcome to join in our exciting 38th National Conference!

Conference Highlights

  • Network with educational therapists, educators, allied professionals and parents
  • Participate in workshops, poster sessions and panel discussions
  • Browse, shop and learn at exhibitor displays
  • Utilize the live conference app
  • Surf the internet with free wi-fi and a technology bar for IT support
  • Enjoy the inclusive continental breakfasts and lunches
  • Meet new friends during organized social events in the San Francisco Bay Area