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100 Powerful Learning Specialist and Educational Therapy Materials

This week I wanted to tell you about my online store, Good Sensory Learning. I’m Dr. Erica Warren, and I established this site so I could share all the materials that I have created over the last 20+ years as a learning specialist and educational therapist. When I first began my private practice, Learning to Learn, I had great difficulty finding fun and multisensory materials for my students that were effective and engaging. So back in 2005, I made it my mission to design and distribute high-end, remedial products as well as memorable, motivating lessons that bring delight to learning. If you would like to try a free sampling of my activities, CLICK HERE.
How Are the Products Organized at Good Sensory Learning?
You can download my Free Printable Catalog or you can browse the site using the grey “search all products” bar in the top right of any page with keywords such as dyslexia, working memory, and executive functioning. What’s more, drop down menus in the red banner allow you to sho…
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How to Quickly and Easily Write Neatly with Zoom Annotations

When working with students online using Zoom, it can be frustrating and messy when trying to write out lessons with your mouse. Although Zoom does offer a great typing tool, when doing math problems or drawing an image or diagram that requires a less linear approach there are better options out there. How Can You Use an iPad During Zoom?A great way to write and draw neatly on a Zoom session is to link your iPad to the Zoom session and share the screen.  You can do this through airplay or by using a cable.  Simply: First, select the green button at the bottom of the screen that says share screen
Second, select either: iPhone/iPad via AirPlay OR iPhone/iPad via a USB to lightning cable. * I find the use of a cable to be a more reliable option. Third, allow screen sharing on your device by selecting: "Trust this computer" on your device. If it doesn't work, make sure both your iPad and Computer are updated to the latest versions and restart the devices.Fourth, you should now b…

Informative Zoom Presentations and Support for Educators

Have you been looking for a supportive community to help you manage the academic and emotional needs of kids?  Are you an educator or parent that has questions about the best schooling options? Perhaps you would like to learn more about topics such as executive functioning, dyslexia support, serving the needs of struggling students, remedial methods, and more.  Dear friends:

I hope you are safe and well during this strange and awkward time!

With all this social isolation, I've really come to understand the importance of connection and community. In the past, I have been fortunate to have developed some lovely relationships with a number of my followers and students, and I want to reach out to more of you!

I have decided to offer a monthly Zoom group that will feature a focused topic, presentation, and discussion. It won't be a webinar, because I want us to be able to see, interact with, and support one another. Instead, it will be a regular Zoom session with a limited number of sea…

How to Find Schooling Options in Uncertain Times

During these uncertain times, parents are struggling to know how to meet the educational needs of their children. Summer break is here in the US, and we can't even plan for the coming academic term, as COVID 19 continues to wreak havoc across the globe. Not Knowing What the Future Holds, Many Parents are Riddled with Questions:Will the schools be open in the fall? Will children be required to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines? Should I homeschool my kids? How can I earn an income and attend to my child's needs? What is the long-term impact of keeping my child out of school? What are the social-emotional consequences of social distancing for my child? How can I keep my family safe if my kids are at school? Being Informed About You Educational Choices:The best way to manage anxiety about the coming academic year is to be fully informed. I'm happy to announce that there is a wonderful opportunity: a comprehensive online summit. I am one of the many speakers, and it&#…

What are the Best 2020 Summer Resources for Academic Gains?

Whether your child sprinted towards the finish line or limped over it, they’re done with the 2019-2020 school year - Congratulations!  So, how do we now manage the summer months to accommodate for academic losses and remediate any learning difficulties? This guest blog is by my colleague, best friend, and amazing educational therapist, Nancy Platt Dawud. She was so gracious to share some amazing summer resources with all of us.What is the COVID 19 Summer Slide?For many, it feels like a victory to have simply made it to the end of the academic year. As we applaud students’ achievements and recognize their resilience and flexibility in handling a novel situation, we also have an eye to autumn and the coming academic year. While we can’t yet predict what “school” will look like in September, we can help support our students throughout the summer months to ensure that the skills they have, don’t recede and weaken. According to a recent study, between sixty-two to 78% of students lose acade…

How COVID 19 Can Help Children With Dyslexia Thrive

COVID 19 has Changed the World and Education Bustling metropolises have become overnight ghost towns and rambunctious classrooms lay deserted and lifeless. Families who once scattered during the daylight hours into detached existences are now hunkering down in close quarters at home together both day and night. Kids with dyslexia and other learning disabilities are spending all their time at home with their parents and are needing direct assistance and help with academic support. As a result, it's been an eye-opening experience for many parents as they witness the true learning needs of their child.  Some are now witnessing reading and writing struggles for the first time.COVID 19 Created an Opportunity for Dyslexics and Other Struggling StudentsThe social isolation that has resulted from the COVID 19 pandemic now offers an opportunity for parents to observe and help their child that may have been slipping through the system.  For many families, they may now understand that their …

Why Is Critical Thinking an Important Skill to Teach?

In order to teach our students to be critical thinkers, we must step out of the traditional pedagogical paradigm where learners are seen as blank slates that are dependent on their teachers and instead embrace and educational climate in harmony with many anthropological principles. Although andragogy refers to methods used in adult education, this approach offers a much better platform for teaching critical thinking. By embracing a new role as a facilitator, teachers can guide students to uncover intrinsic motivations, interest-based experiences, and problem-solving techniques.
What is Critical Thinking? Critical thinking requires active learning and advanced reasoning skills. In addition, it involves rigorous questioning and analysis of ideas, assumptions, views, and values in an attempt to solve problems.
Why is Critical Thinking Important to Teach? Critical thinking is a vital skill to teach because it nurtures self-directed learning and helps to train thoughtful and conscientiou…

What does Executive Functioning Disorder Look Like?

Although there is no specific diagnosis for executive function disorder, the term is often used to describe the impairment in one's ability to manage their own cognition or executive functions.
What are Executive Functions?  Executive function is a term that has become more and more popular in the educational realm as it can have a profound impact on learning. Executive functions (EFs) collect sensory inputs as well as memories and processes from different parts of the brain.  It also has its own virtual whiteboard where one can utilize the inner voice and visualizations to hold and arrange simple cognitive manipulations and tasks.
What are the 5 Main Roles of Executive Functioning?Management involves task initiation, organization of information, time management, planning, and prioritization.Mental State includes both effort (speed and alertness) as well as emotional regulation or the management of moods and feelings.Metacognition or the awareness of one's thoughts entails mo…