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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 t

How Can Books on Tape Improve Reading Speed and Reading Comprehension?

Listening to books on tape or to someone reading aloud can improve reading comprehension because the brain does not have to work on decoding the words but can simply focus on the content. But merely laying back and passively listening is not always the best approach, because it is easy for personal thoughts to interrupt the text content. Therefore, for this mode of learning to be most effective, it is best for the listener to do one of two things:
Audiobooks improve reading speed
Scan the text: Scanning the text while listening will not only help maintain attention, but it will assist with sight word recognition. Additionally, students that decode words one letter at a time while reading will begin to see whole words and phrases. Before long, these skills will apply when the student reads independently, and whole words recognition and reading speed will improve.

Visualize the content: Picturing the characters, the setting and the plot helps to sustain attention, improve comprehension and it also makes the text more memorable. With practice, many students report that they are able to create a mental movie in their mind and that reading becomes far more enjoyable.

There are a number of places online that offer books on tape.
1) Learning Ally:
http://www.learningally.org
2) Audio Books for Free:
http://www.audiobooksforfree.com/browse/Fiction
3) LibriVox:
http://librivox.org/

If you would like to help students develop their visualization abilities, I have a free image that reviews the 10 visualization skills. I also offer two PowerPoint presentations that teach the 10 skills needed to visualize. If interested go to:

http://goodsensorylearning.com/teaching-visualization.html

Cheers, Dr. Erica Warren
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 Learning Specialist Courses.

· Blog: https://learningspecialistmaterials.blogspot.com/
· YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/warrenerica1
· Podcast: https://godyslexia.com/
· Store: http://www.Goodsensorylearning.com/ & www.dyslexiamaterials.com
· Courses: http://www.learningspecialistcourses.com/
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