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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

Working Memory: Definition, Symptoms, Impact on Academics, Solutions, and Freebie

Do you have students that continually forget to bring a pencil to class, misplace their homework, blurt out irrelevant comments, and struggle following multi-step directions?  These difficulties can all be traced to working memory mishaps. 
symptoms of working memory problems
What is Working Memory?
Working memory is a cognitive functioning that enables students to remember and use relevant information to complete an activity.  It also enables learners to hold multiple pieces of information in the mind and manipulate them.  It is often described as a mental workspace that helps students stay focused, block distractions and stay abreast of their surroundings.

How Does a Weak Working Memory Impact Students? 
Working memory difficulties will impact the following: 
  • Reading comprehension
  • Mental math
  • Understanding social interactions
  • Completing homework
  • Planning and preparing for activities
  • Solving multi-step directions
  • Writing essays and reports
  • Following a conversation
  • Test preparation
  • Turning in homework
  • Following and participating in group discussions
What are Some Key Symptoms of Working Memory Difficulties?
  • Trouble comprehending a story
  • Difficulties memorizing math facts
  • Problems making and keeping friends
  • Requires many prompts to complete homework
  • Forgets needed materials at home and at school
  • Fails to follow all the directions and work is often incomplete
  • Struggles with organizing ideas before writing and the finished product is often incomplete and messy
  • Makes irrelevant comments and changes the topic of discussion
  • Difficulties maintaining focus
  • Misplaces things like pencils, notebooks, and homework
  • Leaving studying for tests to the last minute
How Can Students Improve Working Memory?
Strengthen working memoryProviding fun and engaging activities that require attention, mental manipulation, and following directions such as Red Light, Green Light, memory games and treasure hunts can help.  However, ready-made activities that develop working memory activities can save preparation time.  Come get some FREE SAMPLE ACTIVITIES.

I hope you found this post helpful.  If you have any questions or thoughts, please leave a comment.

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.

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