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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 24 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…
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New York State Tests: 10 Reasons to Opt Out

In New York State, most middle schoolers are amidst state-mandated standardized tests. This involves four days of testing for ELA and Math, and many families debate about whether it is best to let their children take these tests or opt out altogether.

What is the Purpose of the Testing? 
According to the NYS Department of Education: "The federal Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 maintains the requirement that students in Grades 3-8 are tested once a year in English Language Arts and Math."  They purport that, "The tests are designed to measure how well students are mastering the learning standards that guide classroom instruction and ensure that students are on track to graduate from high school."

Can Parents Opt Their Children Out of State Tests or Request an Alternative? According to the NYS Department of Education, if students want to opt out of state tests, their parents need to consult their school district's principal. Principals should respect a parent&#…

How Can I Improve My Higher Order Language Skills?

When concepts first move from concrete ideas to abstract ways of thinking, some students start to struggle for the first time. This can happen because they have weaknesses in higher order language skills. Higher order language skills, also called higher level language or metalinguistic skills, refers to advanced language processing.  It requires abstract and deductive verbal reasoning skills and the understanding of advanced vocabulary and word relationships.  But what are the common signs?
You Might Have Higher Order Language Problems if:
You have problems predicting outcomes.You have difficulties with implied meaning or inferences.You have problems with pragmatic or social language skills.You have difficulties expressing your ideas in words.You struggle with writing skills.You have problems with main ideas and details.You have difficulties understanding jokes, riddles, and humor.You struggle with writing summaries and paraphrasing.You have difficulties sequencing events.You struggle w…

Learning Specialist and Tutor Training Made Easy and Affordable

Do you already work with students? Would you like to work with students individually and help them to reach their true potential? Do you like the idea of having your own lucrative private practice where you can create a unique learning plan for each student? Would you like to have the freedom to set your own schedule? If you answered yes to these questions, then I can help you. Whether you want to create a private practice from scratch, or you already have an established business, you can now gain access to my secrets, expertise, methods, swipe notes and a supportive community of like-minded professionals. I have over 20 years of experience, and I share this in my courses as well as in my Facebook support community.

My Courses are Now More Affordable!
I have just taken my evergreen course, Create a Successful Learning Specialist Practice in 60 Days, and reduced the price.  In addition, I have made each individual module available to my audience at discounted prices. You can also gain a…

Did You Know Reading Skills Can Be Improved by Singing Songs?

I am so pleased to feature this insightful and informative blog by early literacy and reading specialist, Nancy Platt!  Nancy worked as a children's librarian for 15 years at the Ferguson Library in Stamford, Connecticut, and she is passionate about multisensory and play-based early education. Currently residing in the Dominican Republic, Nancy is furthering her expertise in advocacy, language acquisition, and bilingual education.
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If you have a child or a student with reading problems or dyslexia, you may be surprised to know that using songs and music can help! When children are babies and toddlers, parents and caregivers often sing and recite nursery rhymes to their children. But what can you do if your child is well past the preschool age and is struggling? Revisit the classics, and find new ones!

What Does the Research Say?
Studies have shown that generations upon generations of mothers were not wrong - nursery rhymes and singing are excellent ways to he…

What is Visual Tracking and How Can it Improve Reading?

Many students have difficulties reading text from left to right and from line to line. Although some outgrow this difficulty, other's need extra help to develop this skill.

What Exactly is Tracking?
Tracking is the ability to move one's eyes smoothly across the page and from one line of text to another.  Problems can arise such as eye fatigue, word omissions, reversals, losing one's place while reading and most importantly these difficulties can negatively impact reading comprehension. 
Tracking can be improved by strengthening eye muscles as well as getting the eyes and brain to work together. There are three eye movements that need to be developed: 
Fixations: ability to hold one's eyes steady without moving off a target.Pursuits: ability to follow a moving target with one's eyes.Saccades: ability to jump to new targets that randomly disappear and reappear in a different location.10  Free Tracking Exercises:
Use colored overlays to read books to assist with the track…

How to Get Money Back for Tutoring Costs

Many parents despair when they learn that tutoring, educational therapy, or other types of learning assistance is not covered by insurance. Even when there is a diagnosis, getting the needed academic support and cognitive remediation can be an expensive prospect. To make matters worse, more and more families are acquiring support outside of the schools, so the “academic bar” of classroom expectations is continually elevated. As a result, with growing competition for desirable college acceptances, for those who cannot afford this outside support, their children are often placed at a profound disadvantage.

You Often Get What You Pay For:
Like many things, the more finances you can allocate for professional help, the better the services. Large tutoring franchises do not have the funds to hire highly trained professionals, and if they do have some talented employees, they rarely offer one to one assistance. What’s more, they tend to place kids onto boring workbooks, and they offer somethi…

How Can I Improve My Reading Speed and Comprehension?

There are all sorts of companies that are trying to sell “speed reading” programs and a “quick comprehension fix.” I often evaluate these products, and I continually find them, too good to be true. What I do know, as a seasoned reading specialist, and educational therapist, is there is not a single solution that serves every struggling reader. So why is this and what can you do?

Why Does the Solution to Improved Reading Differ Across Individuals?
The secret to improving both reading speed and comprehension depends on each individual’s learning profile and preferences. What are the cognitive weaknesses that are causing the reading difficulties? These deficits need to be remediated through individualized support and accommodated with assistive technology tools. In addition, what are the cognitive strengths of the learner? Tapping into these abilities can help struggling readers develop compensatory strategies or workarounds. Finally, looking at individual preferences can also help. This …

Free Dyslexia Screener: Should Testing Be Pursued?

From dyslexic jokes to the many documented strengths recently touted in research and the media, having the learning disability, dyslexia has become a “cool” badge that many now proudly display. Because of this recent change of heart, people are continually disclosing to me that they are a self-diagnosed dyslexic that slipped through the system.  Additionally, parents are now openly embracing this label, and with a formal diagnosis in hand, students can receive “reasonable accommodations” that can help them to actualize their true potential. If you've wondered if you or your child may have dyslexia, you may also wonder what you should do first.
The Steps to Determine a Diagnosis of Dyslexia and Acquiring Accommodations The first step: Use my dyslexia screener. This quick, free, 20-question evaluation can be administered and scored by a parent/guardian, teacher, or taken by the individual who may have dyslexia.  This will help to determine whether there is enough symptomology to warra…