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Back to School Checklist for Parents

Getting prepared for the upcoming school year can be a complicated task that involves gathering school supplies, connecting with new teachers and administrators, establishing individual needs, creating house rules and routines, coordinating nutritious meals and snacks, and arranging any needed accommodations. To help with the process, I have created the following checklist:

Stock Up on School Supplies
Check the school website or call to inquire about of list of required supplies. Find out whether students will store supplies at school or bring them home each day. See if the school will allow you to get an extra copy of all textbooks for use at home. If not, you can usually find used copies on the internet. 
Plan to be Involved
Mark school events on the family calendar. Attend back-to-school meetings. Schedule and attend parent-teacher conferences. Find out the best way to communicate with each teacher – phone, email or note. Find out from each teacher how he or she communicates homewor…

Are We Grading or Degrading our Students? Let's Shift Paradigms

Over the 15 years that I have worked as a learning specialist and educational therapist, I have never had a student come into my office with a poor test grade and ask me to help them to learn the material that they clearly did not master.  Instead of nurturing a desire to learn, our current paradigm instills a fear of failure.  As a result, when a student receives what they believe to be a poor grade on a test or assignment, they often feel degraded and ashamed.  Oftentimes, these tests and assignments are hidden or thrown away, and learning takes a nosedive.  In fact, when a student does unexpectedly poorly on a test, they are often so mortified that they learn little to nothing the rest of the day.  Instead they tend to internally ruminate and stress about the grade.  Sadly, it is the high test grades that students love to share and celebrate, as students quickly learn that they are rewarded for perfection.

Traditional Grading Only Points Out the Errors:
When teachers limit feedback …

Dyslexia: Understanding and Remediating Auditory Processing Skills

Although there are a number of cognitive processing deficits that can cause a diagnosis of dyslexia or a reading disability, challenges with auditory processing tend to be the prevailing cause for many struggling readers.  However, many of the terms used to describe these core problems can be confusing.  In fact, wading through a comprehensive testing report can be overwhelming, because they are packed with complex cognitive and remedial terminology.  In this blog, I hope to unscramble the tangle of terms associated with auditory processing.
What are Some Key Terms One Should Understand? Auditory Processing:  Auditory processing is the brain's interpretation of the sounds we hear. A difficulty or delay with auditory processing is not an issue with hearing, but with the understanding of what is heard.  It's a complex operation that involves auditory synthesis, auditory closure, auditory sequencing, auditory discrimination, segmenting and auditory memory.  Auditory Synthesis or Au…

Good Sensory Learning Offers Affiliate Marketing Commission Opportunity

Dear friends, fans and loyal customers of Good Sensory Learning: 
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