Skip to main content

Posts

Showing posts from August, 2015

Successful Educational Therapy Remediation: Learning How Each Student Thinks

Every student processes information and learns differently because we each have our own, individual cognitive makeup as well as strengths and weaknesses.  As a result, the key to successful remedial outcomes is to celebrate, understand, and accommodate the unique ways that each student thinks.

How Can Educational Therapists and Learning Specialists Uncover How Each Student Thinks?
There are a number of things that professionals can do to reveal how each individual processes information.
Read comprehensive psycho-educational evaluations and progress reports. Talk to parents, teachers and other professionals that know this student well.Ask the student.What Valuable Information Can Be Gained From Prior Testing and Reports? A comprehensive psycho-educational evaluation can help uncover each student's strengths as well as their areas of challenge.  On the one hand, by focusing on strengths, professionals can help students to develop compensatory learning strategies, so that they can lea…

Early Literacy: Letter, Number and Shape Challenges

Occasionally, I get inquiries from other learning specialists in the field that have difficult cases. Recently, a director of a tutoring academy asked me a question about a new student, and I thought I would share our correspondence for this week's blog post.  Names have been altered to preserve anonymity.

 ---------------------------------------------- Dear Erica:


I have a question about a new case.  When I first contacted you about two years ago, it was because I had a little 5-year-old girl who was way behind.  Your guidance really helped me.  Anyway her first cousin has come to us.  The girl turned 4 in June, and she is having a number of issues.   She has no number recognition and no letter recognition, except the letter "A" - because her name is Alice.  She does recognize most of the basic shapes.  However, she can only trace, but not copy them.  I asked her to write her name, but all letters were illegible - but the letter A.  I'm not sure it was even her name. …

Slow and Labored Reading: Causes and Solutions for Dyslexia and More

Slow and labored reading can make schooling a drag for many bright students, and in order to truly help these struggling learners, teachers and support personnel need to understand the root causes. The problem is that each student has their own unique contributing factors.  As a result, the best way to serve each student is to begin with an investigation.  

What are the Three Main Causes of Slow and Labored Reading?

1) Cognitive - Deficits or weaknesses in key cognitive processing areas can point to a root cause of slow and labored reading.  Common areas of deficit that can impact reading speed are:
Auditory processing Visual processingMemoryProcessing speedExecutive functioning and attention2) Physical - Discomfort in the physical process can also make the process of reading difficult and it can minimize the practice needed.  For some learners, the reading process is: 
Exhausting: Some report that reading is wearisome for the eyes and can even make them feel sleepy.Uncomfortable and anno…

Dyslexia Strategies: Improving Your Memory for Names

A common difficulty for individuals with dyslexia is word finding problems. They may know someone's or something's name one day, but are unable to access the same information the next. In fact, in those moments when they can not recall the needed name, they may be able to tell you how many syllables are in the name or even the beginning letter.  This can be a frustrating and embarrassing problem, and learning memory strategies can help.
Managing Word Finding Difficulties: The key to improving memory is to be mindful and employ memory strategies that are in line with strengths. By playing an active role, individuals with dyslexia can learn to organize material, employ methods and make connections to prior knowledge so new information can be encoded and then easily retrieved.
How Can One Determine Strengths that Can Be Utilized? The answers to the following questions, can help tailor an approach!
Do you remember what you: see?  - use visual strategieshear?  - use auditory strategiesto…