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International expert on Dyscalculia to speak at Summit symposium

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The Summit School’s featured speaker at the Zelma Wynn Symposium will be Dr. Brian Butterworth, author and international expert on dyscalculia. The symposium will take place on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Summit’s campus in Edgewater, MD. The symposium will address the neuroscience supporting dyscalculia, assessment, teacher intervention, technology enhanced learning, and parental/home support.

Individuals with dyscalculia struggle to learn mathematics, despite having an adequate learning environment at home and at school. There is some association between dyscalculia and dyslexia in children and adults. Children with dyscalculia fall behind early in elementary school, and may develop anxiety or a strong dislike of math. In secondary school they are likely to struggle to pass math and science courses and find their career options reduced. In adult life, they may earn less, and have difficulties managing their everyday finances.

Dr. Butterworth is a world renowned neuroscientist and Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology at University College London. He taught at Cambridge University for eight years and held visiting appointments at MIT and the Max Planck Institute at Nijmegen. He is currently working on the neuroscience and the genetics of mathematical abilities and disabilities. He was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 2002.

“Having Dr. Butterworth present at our symposium is an amazing opportunity for all educators in the mid-Atlantic region,” explains Dr. Joan A. Mele-McCarthy, Executive Director of The Summit School. “It is not often that he travels from the UK to this area. We are excited to offer this valuable opportunity for educators, parents, school psychologists, and speech-language pathologists to learn from THE expert on dyscalculia and math learning differences.”

The Summit School is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) to offer professional development for school psychologists. The Summit School maintains responsibility for the program and is pleased to offer this professional development opportunity to not only school psychologists, but also speech-language pathologists. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) CEUs will be offered to participating members of ASHA.

The symposium is made possible by Summit’s partnerships with the following independent schools: Annapolis Area Christian School, Archbishop Spalding High School, Baltimore Lab School, Bullis School, The Calverton School, The Country School, Gunston School, The Highlands School, Jemicy School, The John Carroll School, The Key School, McLean School, Naval Academy Primary School, The Odyssey School, Severn School, St. Anne’s School, St. John’s Episcopal School, Trinity School, and Wye River Upper School.

For more information about the Zelma Wynn Symposium, visit

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