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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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How to Edit Google Documents with Free Text to Voice

Text to speech has been used as an accommodation for the blind and struggling readers, but did you know that it is a valuable device for writers too? In fact, I often teach all of my students how to use this technology to help them edit their essays and papers.

What is Text to Speech?
Text to Speech is a form of assistive technology that uses speech synthesis to convert text to a spoken, computerized voice. In other words, the computer reads aloud the text on the screen.

How can Text to Speech Assist with Editing?
Many students struggle to edit their own work because they often read their words as they meant to write them. Furthermore, some errors remain difficult to see. For example, simple letter and word reversals such as "was" and "saw," are often overlooked when visually scan text or using a spell checker. In addition, many young learners get confused by words that look similar but are pronounced differently such as loose and lose. Text to Speech allows student…

How to Teach Writing: A Structured and Multisensory Approach

In my practice as a learning specialist and educational therapist, I have witnessed that students are receiving less and less writing instruction in school. In fact, it is an academic skill that is requested by most parents, homeschoolers, and young adults that come to see me in my practice.
https://www.learningspecialistcourses.com/courses/color-coded-writing-a-structured-and-multisensory-approach-to-teaching-writing-skills
What is my Experience Teaching Writing? Over the past 20 years, I have had enormous success teaching discouraged and struggling writers, and it has taken me much of that time to create all the materials and high tech solutions.  This multisensory and highly structured approach works with all students from the gifted to those with learning disabilities.  In addition, my methods work for students in elementary, middle school and high school.

How Can I Learn How to Be an Accomplished Writing Specialist?
Now, I'm happy to share my approach with you! Teaching Writing…

6 Powerful Ways to Help Dyslexics Learn Foreign Languages

Federal law requires schools, colleges, and universities to provide reasonable accommodations for students who have documented learning disabilities such as dyslexia (commonly called a Specific Learning Disability). Many of these students with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities need a foreign language requirement to be modified. A common accommodation is a foreign language exemption, waiver or modification.
What are Foreign Language Exemptions, Waivers and Modifications? Over the years I have heard a few terms that have been used to describe foreign language accommodations in education.  Here is a quick review: A foreign language exemption: Some state laws provide mandates that a student with a disability that adversely affects the ability to learn a language may be exempted from these requirements. A foreign language waiver: Some schools choose to "waive" a foreign language requirement and allow a course substitution that is approved by their foreign lan…

5 Free Ways to Improve Visual Processing for Weak Readers

Visual processing is an important cognitive skill for students to master. It assists with the encoding of information into the brain, and it helps students make sense of the learning content. This skill often needs to be developed and exercised, and there are many engaging activities that can help.
What is Visual Processing?
Visual processing is a cognitive skill that allows us to process, interpret and find meaning from visual images. In other words, it is how we make sense of what we see.
Why is Visual Processing Important?
Visual processing is vital because it plays a key role in learning visual information from our environment. It is a fundamental skill for reading, math, and spelling.
What Are the Different Types of Visual Processing? Visual processing involves a number of cognitive processing skills:
Visual Construction Skills: organizing and manually manipulating spatial information to make a design. Visual Processing Speed: processing visual information at a certain pace or spe…

Important Dyslexia Accommodations in the Classroom

Getting a school to recognize, test, and then accommodate your child with dyslexia can be an arduous and frustrating task.

Although public school systems can accommodate the individual needs of our struggling students, many administrators don’t like to tap into the general education coffers for a single student. As a result, parents often have to rally and wrestle to obtain reasonable accommodations for their children with dyslexia and other disabilities that impact learning. The key to navigating this slippery slope is to understand the laws, the lingo as well as the menus of mandated accommodations and modifications.
What are my Options? There are two options for acquiring accommodations:
504: A 504 is a formal plan that protects the rights of students with disabilities in school. Covered under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, this civil rights law gives students with disabilities access to services and supports in the general education classroom. There are no mandated rules on…

Best Free Dyslexia Test, Help and Treatment Options

Finding the best dyslexia test, dyslexia help, and dyslexia treatment can be challenging to locate and finance. I, too, had problems uncovering dyslexia resources when I first opened my practice 20 years ago.  So, over ten years ago, to help parents, teachers, and therapists with this process, I created my site, Dyslexia Materials.

This summer, I committed to redoing and upgrading the content, and the new site is up and running.  At Dyslexia Materials you can now find all of the following FREE content:
a dyslexia test or screeneradvicehomework helpschools for dyslexiacolleges for dyslexiaorganizations serving dyslexiadyslexia manualsvideos about dyslexia I also offer an ever-growing selection of fun, multisensory teaching, and remedial products for students with dyslexia under the following categories:
AssessmentsCognitive RemedialExecutive Functioning and MemoryLanguage ArtsReadingMathWritingDiscounted Bundles Other Programs that I Love
I look forward to hearing your thoughts about th…

How Multisensory Teaching Works: Inspire Superior, Excited Students

When experiences tap into all our senses as well as a variety of ways that we can process and organize information, not only does it grab our attention, but it becomes extremely memorable. The term multisensory teaching has been around for some time, but the concept has matured and grown over time.

What does multisensory mean?
The term multisensory means that one is using more than one sense to perceive the world around them.  When applied to learning, this means that learners use more than one sense such as sight, hearing, and touch to learn academic content.

What is a multisensory approach to learning?
A multisensory approach to learning,  multisensory teaching, or multisensory instruction, is a way of teaching that engages students by implementing lessons that activate more than one sense at a time.  This has been a successful method used in popular Orton Gillingham reading programs for many years as well as many popular math methods such as Touch Math.

Can we teach beyond the senses …

Stop Copying! How to do Workbook Activities on an Ipad

Have you ever wondered if you could save paper and time by doing workbook activities on an iPad or computer? The answer is yes! What's more, if the original copy is in color, you can maintain the color activities for no added cost! So stop copying and let me show you how to make a printed document or digital image/activity even more enticing and interactive on a computer or iPad.

Here is a flowchart that shows the steps.

Written Steps:

1) Printed documents should be scanned or photographed to your computer or tablet. You can also send images or documents to your email and access them from there.

2) Save your image, Doc, or PDF to Google Drive, Dropbox, One Drive, PowerPoint, or Microsoft Word.

3) Select an app. I like to use either Zoom or Procreate.

Directions for Zoom:

1) Find the document, pdf or image you want to use on your computer, and leave the window open so you can access it later while using Zoom. Please note that you can also access documents and images from Photos, iClo…

26 Awesome and Fun Math Ideas for Struggling Students

With the summer vacation just around the corner, it will be important to implement some mathematics over the break to avoid the "summer slide." The "summer slide" is a term used to describe the loss of academic skills and knowledge over the course of the summer holiday.  In fact, young learners can lose from 2-6 months of instruction.
How Do We Entice Young Math Learners to Keep Their Skills Sharp? When I work with students over the summer months, the key to my success is to integrate fun activities and games into all of my lessons.  I not only want to maintain each student's current knowledge, but the summertime is a wonderful opportunity to review concepts students that may have missed or preview topics to get them ahead.  Here are a few simple options that can get you up and running: Create a fun and creative math manual that implements memory strategies.Use online math tools, sites, and apps such as Nessy Numbers, and Math Playground.Use the free math site, 

7 Ways Students Can Use Their Inner Voice to Boost Grades

Did you know that students can improve their grades, simply by learning how to manage their inner voice? The inner voice is made up of thoughts or feelings expressed as internal utterances that warn, criticize, or advise you.  Many people move mindlessly through their day with this inner chatter constantly guiding their mood, attention, and behavior, but we can learn to take control.  
How Can One's Inner Voice Help with Academics?
The inner voice is a powerful presence that can either take one’s attention away from the subject at hand or help one to mindfully maintain attention to an external task. In fact, the inner voice works hand in hand with one’s inner eye (visualization) to make up working memory; and research now suggests that working memory predicts success in reading as well as all other aspects of learning, regardless of intelligence.

So How Can We Help Students to Manage their Inner Voice and Use it to Improve Academics?
Educate your students - Explain to your students …