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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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Free Executive Functioning Screener from Good Sensory Learning

Executive Functioning (EF) is a new hot topic in education that has sparked a lot of research and media attention. Executive functioning, or what I like to call the conductor of the brain, is the process of the mind making sense of what we see, hear, touch, taste and experience. Executive functioning also allows us to focus our attention, think about new information, regulate our emotions, and make connections to what we already know. So how can we identify students that have weaknesses with EF weaknesses?



You Can Now Access a Free Executive Functioning Screener The new Good Sensory Executive Functioning Screener is a free, 20 question assessment that can help parents, teachers, and professionals quick uncover the likelihood of executive functioning challenges. Individual items also shed light on specific difficulties that require attention.

How Was This Screener Designed?
The Good Sensory Learning Executive Functioning Screener is based on my comprehensive, doctoral training, an exte…

Reasons Some Struggling Students Should Stop Taking Notes

For some students the act of writing notes can help to encode classroom lessons, but for others it can present an obstacle that prevents them from learning the content in the moment.What Types of Students Should Avoid Taking Notes?
There are those students that are auditory learners, and they often do best when they can listen to the content without the distraction of taking notes. If these auditory learners also have dysgraphia or dyslexia (weaknesses in fine motor dexterity, language processing, and memory), they should be able to receive note-taking accommodations such as a copy of the teacher's or another student's notes. The research suggests that those with dyslexia and dysgraphia often find it difficult to reproduce words accurately when taking notes.  According to the British Dyslexia Association, taking notes is ineffective for these learners and "creates serious difficulties." In addition, Dr. Kirkby, with The Language and Literacy Group at Bournemouth U…

8 Successful Ways to Help Students Complete Homework

After a long day of school, many kids are cognitively spent and they have little patience and energy to pull out their assignment pad and slog through more academic work.  Often, what should take little time, drags out into hours and hours and families are often desperate for manageable solutions.
What Can We Do to Make Homework a Manageable Task?
Stop calling it homework!  Just the name can trigger pouty moods and cantankerous behaviors.  Find another word to use such as assignments or activities. Use a timer to help some students stay on track.  I usually set the timer for both completing assignments and taking breaks.  If students have a competitive nature, you can also use a timer to see how fast they can complete a few problems, and then see if they can beat their time.  This often creates a motivating game that can help them to maintain attention on the task at hand.Create a structured routine.  Make an afternoon and early evening schedule that includes blocks of time for assignm…

Why the New MPower Games Transform Struggling Learners

I am so excited to announce my newest publication, MPower: Cognitive Remedial Card Games! MPower offers a selection of multisensory games that improve memory and the processing of information for enhanced learning of core academics, such as reading and math. This publication is ideal for developing early literacy skills, teaching new ways to encode knowledge, and helping struggling learners find joy in the learning process. MPower is a powerful and fun remedial tool that can be used by therapists, teachers and even parents to achieve sharpened cognition and enriched learning for their students or clientele.

Why You Should Join my Facebook Support Group

Have you ever looked for a community of professionals and homeschoolers that can help you find the best educational services and multisensory resources?  How about a compassionate community forum that can offer advice and ideas?  You can now apply to be a part of my Learning Specialist and Educational Therapist Support Group.  Whether you are a homeschooler, learning specialist, educational therapist, speech and language pathologist, tutor, occupational therapist or another professional that assists struggling learners, this group can help! This group is moderated by Dr. Erica Warren, a seasoned learning specialist and educational therapist.  Dr. Warren is also the author of multisensory, educational materials @ www.GoodSensoryLearning.com and continuing education courses @ www.learningspecialistmaterials.com.  The vision for this group is a free, safe, sharing community of outstanding professionals and advocates that support one another. Who Can Benefit? 1) Learning specialists, educ…

How to Prepare for a 504 Meeting

Getting the needed accommodations for struggling students can be a long and arduous process.  Whether you pursue 504 or IEP accommodations, there are some things you can do to help assure that you will be pleased with the outcomes. In this blog post, I share a few tips and strategies. What do I know?
Over the past 20 years, working as a learning specialist, educational therapist, and advocate, I have attended countless 504 and IEP meetings. Some meetings went amicably and resulted in the desired outcomes, while others became a toilsome battleground that left the participants egos scarred and scraped and the student pulled between opposing forces.  I have tried and tested different preparation and presentation approaches and have come up with some winning recommendations.
Eight Strategies that can help you prepare for and present your case: As soon as the meeting is scheduled, call and then send a formal letter to the school letting them know that you will be tape recording the meeting. …

A New, Quick Way To Draw On PDF and Images

You can now save time, money, and space!  Did you know that you do not have to print out your classroom or tutoring activities anymore? You can simply open a PDF, or with the newer MacOS operating systems, a simple screenshot of a pdf, Word doc, Google doc, web page, or even a printed workbook page instantly offers drawing and writing tools that can be used to complete the activity.  If you want more drawing, tracing or coloring options, you can share the image to the drawing App, Procreate.  To top it off, as soon as the student completes the activity, they can then save and forward the completed image in a text or email!  This lightens book bags, saves on paper and ink, and it is better for our environment!  Let me show you how to do this.

What is a Screenshot? 
A screenshot captures the image you see on your screen and stores it on your camera roll, and it can be edited, shared, and stored.

How to do this on an Ipad:
Find the image, file, webpage, or handout you want to capture.Set u…