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10 Easy Steps to Accommodate Students with Executive Functioning Weaknesses

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1.Provide a consistent and structured environment: a.At home: Create a structured routine and try to schedule activities that are always on the same days and at the same times.  You can even schedule unstructured, free times. b.In school: All teachers should communicate and post homework assignments in the same way and at an expected time daily.  Home work should also be collected in a reliable, routine manner.  Finally, the classroom need to be managed in a consistent way with clear and concise expectations. 2.Provide reminders:  Use smart phones, ipods, watches with alarms, and PDAs to provide auditory and visual reminders of important dates, activities, and things that need to be done. 3.Use a large month or two month at a glance calendar to schedule events and post it in a high traffic location.  Review the calendar weekly and verbally highlight each event.  If new activities are added during the week, be sure to communicate these verbally and write them on the ca…

Three Easy Activities that Can Strengthen Tracking Abilities for Improved Reading

Some students struggle with tracking words on a page.  They may lose their place or have trouble scanning from one line to the next.  Here are three strategies that you can do at home to strengthening this skill.  1.Find a magazine article, book, or letter, and have the student circle or highlight every time they see the word “the.”  You can pick any word, letter or phrase.  Also, the student does not have to be able to comprehend the text that you select.  Tell them to always read from left to right.  Double check their work for accuracy.  This will help to improve tracking ability and strengthen eye muscles.  
2.Find a magazine article and have the student circle or highlight the letters of the alphabet as they scan the text from left to right.   Again, they do not have to be able to read the text that you select.  Double check their work for accuracy.
3.For a greater challenge, pre-read the text and pull some words out of the text that then create a new sentence that the st…

Why Should We Learn About Angles?

Learning about angles has never been easier and so much fun. This new PowerPoint first shows students the importance of angles in life. Then it informs students about acute, right and obtuse angles using both visual and auditory memory strategies. Next, students practice their new knowledge by labeling the many angles we can make with our bodies.  Furthermore, complementary and supplementary angles are reviewed using more fun comic-book like memory strategies. The PowerPoint ends with an interactive classroom activity! It's an enjoyable, multi-sensory and memorable lesson that your students will love. http://goodsensorylearning.com/math-powerpoints.html
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 Go Dyslexia, in Ossining, NY.  To learn more about her products and services, you can go to https://godyslexia.com/www.goodsensoryl…

What is Brain Training or Brain Fitness and is it Helpful?

Brain Training or Brain Fitness is the act of strengthening deficits in learning or weak areas of cognition.  This is typically done using simple activities that concentrate on areas of difficulty.  Just like a personal trainer or physical therapist can focus exercises on a particular part of the body, many learning specialists, educational therapists and learning coaches can help individuals of all ages to improve memory, visual processing, auditory processing, attention, stamina and more. 
When instruction focuses on the area of difficulty, it’s important for the activities to be engaging and fun.  They need to start at a very simplistic level and increase in difficulty as the participants experience success.  Repeated training clears the hurtles that trip the thought processes and helps the mind run smoothly and efficiently. 
Clearly, the brain is not limited and defined.  It continues to grow, if exercised, throughout our lifetime.  Early intervention can sometimes cure or remedia…

Homework Help Websites

I wanted to share a link to homework resources that I provide for my clientele. I think you will find them very helpful.  Feel free to share this page and also check back as I am continually updating the site. 
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 Go Dyslexia, in Ossining, NY.  To learn more about her products and services, you can go to https://godyslexia.com/www.goodsensorylearning.comwww.dyslexiamaterials.com & www.learningtolearn.biz

Free Internet Games That are Great for the Brain!

I have spent years searching for and uploading great, free internet game links.  I have them all listed and described on my private practice website for my clients, and I wanted to share them with you too.  Check it out!  I have 97 links and I have them all under headings such as Math, Reading, Typing... to make it easy for you to find what you are looking for!  http://learningtolearn.biz/Free_Educational_Games.html
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 Go Dyslexia, in Ossining, NY.  To learn more about her products and services, you can go to https://godyslexia.com/www.goodsensorylearning.comwww.dyslexiamaterials.com & www.learningtolearn.biz

Top Three, Free Technology Picks for Homework Help and Test Preparation

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There is a vast sea of website and software tools washing up all around us, and staying on top of these resources can feel like an overwhelming tsunami.I’m a learning specialist and educational therapist, and a big part of my work is to ride this colossal techno-wave so I can help my students surf the homework swells with confidence and grace.
Here are my three favorite websites that can assist with home work help and test preparation:
1: The Khan Academy: This is a not-for-profit organization that provides a free, high quality education to students around the world. They offer a growing collection of thousands of videos covering everything from basic arithmetic and algebra to physics, chemistry, history, SAT prep and more.  To top it off, they now have a practice/lesson component that is terrific.This allows students to test their new knowledge, and if they get stuck, the website will walk them through the process and will even offer them the needed video tutorial!They ha…

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A Wonderful Lesson for Teaching Students about Angles

Learning about the angles has never been easier. First, this PowerPoint illustrates to students the great importance of the many angles in our world. Next, it teaches students about acute, obtuse and right angles using both visual and auditory memory strategies in a comic book like manner. Then, students get to practice these new concepts by uncovering the angles we can make with our bodies. Furthermore, complementary and supplementary angles are reviewed using additional fun and memorable strategies. The PowerPoint finishes with a classroom activity!  It's a memorable and enjoyable lesson students will want to see over and over again.http://goodsensorylearning.com/math-powerpoints.html 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 Go Dyslexia, in Ossining, NY.  To learn more about her products and services, you can go to https://god…

Measurement Memory Stratgies

Here is a sample slide of my new items, measurement memory strategies.  It is a Power Point presentation that has been receiving a lot of positive reviews. http://bit.ly/yt0Uuz

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 Go Dyslexia, in Ossining, NY.  To learn more about her products and services, you can go to https://godyslexia.com/www.goodsensorylearning.comwww.dyslexiamaterials.com & www.learningtolearn.biz