Better Diagnoses, Intervention Recommendations With a New Brain-Based Assessment of Reading

The following article is yet another example of new tools based on brain-based models that are being developed to help students. Neuroscientific research on the brain is to help teachers and clinicians develop tools like the Feifer Assessment of Reading (FAR).

The Feifer Assessment of Reading

Steven Feifer, D.Ed. ABSNP Licensed Psychologist Diplomat with the American Board of School Neuropsychology National Certified School Psychologist
Steven Feifer, D.Ed. ABSNP Licensed Psychologist Diplomat with the American Board of School Neuropsychology National Certified School Psychologist (Photo courtesy of

This article gives us a snapshot of how students who struggle to read can be appropriately and accurately diagnosed using FAR, so they can overcome some of their reading deficits.

LUTZ, Fla., Aug. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Cutting-edge research in neuropsychology has led to the development of a new assessment that allows psychologists and teachers to better target the cause of students’ reading problems. Based on a brain-based educational model of reading, reading expert Dr. Steven Feifer developed the Feifer Assessment of Reading (FAR) to identify the four most common dyslexic subtypes and the best ways to go about treating them, allowing practitioners the ability to create truly individualized treatment plans.

“The FAR 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 FAR will help clinicians and teachers to better address why a student is having difficulty reading and give them the tools to do something to help. We could not be more proud to publish this assessment that is sure to help students with this necessary skill.”

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. The FAR offers research-based solutions for school psychologists, reading specialists, and teachers working with struggling readers, offering potential for real improvements in student reading that are dynamically mapped to address the issue at hand.

The FAR allows clinicians to conduct an in-depth assessment that provides information about how a child learns and processes information, helping to identify and diagnose learning disabilities and reducing the risk of delaying diagnosis or denying students’ eligibility for much needed services.

In addition to its solid scientific background, the FAR is convenient and easy for practitioners to use, with a complete kit priced at only $465.

To learn more about the FAR, visit, or call PAR Customer Support at 1.800.331.8378

Brain-based diagnostic tools help create opportunities for success

It is truly exciting to find more and more examples of how brain-based diagnostic tools and interventions are being used in the classroom to help students with reading deficits create new opportunities for success and growth in their ability to read, an essential skill for their success in life.

Gerry Vassar, President/CEO, Lakeside Educational Network


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