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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Rapid Automatic Naming Impacts Reading: Memory Strategies and Games Help

What is Rapid Automatic Naming?
Rapid automatic naming (RAN) or rapid naming is the ability to quickly verbalize a series of familiar items including letters, numbers, colors or things. Research purports that RAN tests are highly correlated to one’s reading abilities because the faster and more efficiently one can access information from the memory banks, the easier it is to read and comprehend text.

How Does Rapid Automatic Naming Happen in the Brain?

Although we know RAN impacts reading, there are three competing viewpoints in the literature. One view indicates that RAN involves how well one can retrieve phonological information and then verbalize a response. The difficulties lie in the brain’s ability to process sounds into language. Another theory indicates that RAN is a “complex set of cognitive processing” areas that work together in concert thus defining one’s reading fluency capabilities. This perspective further suggests that individuals with RAN and phonemic awareness difficulties have a “double deficit.” These individuals are believed to exhibit the most severe reading problems and tend to be the most difficult to remediate. Finally, there are those studies that suggest that struggling readers have an overarching processing speed deficit. They report that slow processing of sounds diminishes the ability to discriminate between phonemes and that this language learning problem likely causes dyslexia.

What Can Be Done to Improve Rapid Automatic Naming?

I have two primary recommendations.  On the one hand, you should teach those that struggle with RAN memory strategies.  Using methods like mnemonics, method of loci, visualization or hooking can assist the brain's ability to recall information.  On the other hand, you should play games that exercise recall.  Games are a motivating option for strengthening RAN.  There are many games that require word retrieval and they place time constraints on players too. Several rapid naming/word retrieval games are listed below. Also, don’t be afraid to create your own games!
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Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning and Dyslexia Materials.  She is also the director of Learning to Learn and Go Dyslexia, in Ossining, NY.  To learn more about her products and services, you can go to https://godyslexia.com/, www.goodsensorylearning.com, www.dyslexiamaterials.com & www.learningtolearn.biz  
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Scrible: Amazing Annotating Writing Tool for Dyslexic and Struggling Writers

Like a complex braid, great writers weave and multitask with sentence rules, spelling, idea formation, content organization and more. And when learners struggle with one or more of these processes, writing can become a frustrating tangle of ideas, an apparent, impossible knot to unsnarl. Research papers can be particularly tricky, because students also have the added obstacles to collect relevant articles, organize the information into a structured layout, paraphrase and manage citations.

This week, I am so excited to share with you an assistive technology video blog with Victor Karkar, the CEO of Scrible. Scrible is an amazing online tool that students can use to annotate and color-code online text and simplify the process of writing research papers. This extraordinary technology, that is recognized by the National Science Foundation, can help students to read and write more efficiently. What's more, it offers a step by step process that can be monitored and supported by teachers and parents. Scrible offers single click citations, bibliographies, color coding, sharing, as well as organizing and annotating features. To top it off, it integrates with Google Drive, offers a free Google docs Add-on and can sync with Google Classroom for individualized student analytics. They offer a free plan, but I highly recommend upgrading to the Education Pro Plan at only $10.00 a year for grade school and $28.00 a year for higher education. It’s well worth all the added features.

Come watch my video blog with Victor, so that you too can be blown away by this technology that can help all students become confident writers.


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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Online Academic Support Services: A New Option for Struggling Students


Would you please take two minutes to fill out our very brief but important questionnaire about how to choose an online academic support service!

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After years of tinkering with various ways to offer online remedial sessions and academic support services, we’ve finally reached a point where we don’t have to sacrifice quality for access. With all the new platforms and tools to communicate online (e.g., Skype, Zoom, Google Chat), assistive technologies, browser add-ons, and the faster Internet connections, learning specialists can finally provide high-quality sessions to their students (and parents and trainees!).

This development has become especially important to those of us in rural areas where there are little to no resources.

Yet, it still begs the question: What is the best way to choose an online service? What technology tools do I need to provide my child? How is an online session different from a live session?

These and other questions will be answered in an upcoming webinar conducted by Dr. Erica Warren and Dr. Michael Hart.

First, though, in order to help us best prepare to support you, we’d like to ask for two minutes of your time so we can learn more about your thoughts and your questions on this topic. Please fill out the following survey so we can make sure that we are giving you the information you need!

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Dr. Michael Hart
Michael Hart, Ph.D. is a child psychologist with 25 years of experience in the diagnostic assessment and treatment of a full range of learning differences, including dyslexia and (AD/HD). He is the founder/owner of www.drmichaelhart.com and is currently providing webinars, online courses and onsite presentations/training for parents regarding the proper educational care of our dyslexic students.

       
Dr. Erica Warren
Dr. Erica Warren Ed.D. is an educational therapist with 18 years of experience in individualized remediation, multisensory teaching, diagnostic evaluations, advocacy, teacher education and the designing of remedial materials.  She is the founder of LearningtoLearn
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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Dyslexia and Juvenile Delinquency: A Path of Ashes

It is not uncommon to hear about all the high achievers and entrepreneurs with dyslexia, but did you know that there is also a disproportional number of juvenile offenders and criminals with this learning disability? Although it is true that some individuals with dyslexia are able to succeed in life despite their learning disability, unfortunately, many more have tragic stories to tell.  In fact, the United States Department of Education reported that 60 percent of American inmates are illiterate and 85 percent of all juvenile offenders have reading problems.  In New Zealand, an estimated 10% of the population is dyslexic, yet percentages climb as high as 90% in their prisons.
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This week, I’m going to tell you the story of Ash Cousins.  Ash has dyslexia, and when he was an adolescent, he followed a path of crime.  It was a choice that had a tragic outcome, and Ash asked me to share his story, because he wants to do all that he can to assure that others don’t make the same mistake.

Ash's Story
At the age of 15, Ash was going through a troubling time.  He had rented an apartment due to a stressful situation in his family's home, and he had stopped going to school because his academic needs were not being addressed.  One night he was kicking back in his flat and drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana with a friend.  Soon, another chum dropped by and coaxed the two of them into joining him for a joy ride in a stolen car. At breakneck speed, the driver whipped the car around tight bends and recklessly accelerated down the roadways. The car began to swerve and skid and in a split second, the vehicle plunged off the road and crashed into a tree. Ash was not wearing a seatbelt and the impact resulted in a 3-month coma and a life-changing head injury.  He was the unlucky one, as the other two walked away without a bruise.

With the support of his family, extensive rehabilitation, as well as a lot of hard work and determination, Ash pulled through. Although he was unable to speak or walk, Ash learned to use an electric wheelchair as well as text to voice assistive technology. Eventually, he moved out of the rehabilitation center and rented his own apartment.

A message from Ash:
“Just because I’m in a wheelchair and talk through a computer, I'm no different from anybody else.  If anything, I'm more of a person, because I have turned a negative experience into a positive message.  So, I am OK with my life now.  I have good and bad days, but I am mostly happy.  

Just remember to really think! Think about who you get in the car with and always keep the seat belt on.  By helping people avoid the same mistake I made, my life has found a whole new meaning.”

This video can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdgjP0b2PGQ  Please be sure to follow this link and "Like" Ash's YouTube video! Also, share it across social media, so we can help Ash save lives!
Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning and Dyslexia Materials.  She is also the director of Learning to Learn and Go Dyslexia, in Ossining, NY.  To learn more about her products and services, you can go to https://godyslexia.com/, www.goodsensorylearning.com, www.dyslexiamaterials.com & www.learningtolearn.biz  
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