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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

Remediating Dyslexia with Orton Gillingham Based Reading Games

Students with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities often learn differently and require an alternative approach to learning basic reading. In addition, most of these young learners are working full tilt while sitting in the classroom and by the time they get home and have to complete their homework, they are mentally spent. As a result, tagging on remedial reading lessons to a cup that is already overflowing can be enough to turn these kids off to learning altogether. How Can We Help These Students Learn the Core Skills Needed to be Successful Readers? First, employ an individualized approach as each student has unique challenges and gaps in knowledge. If you need to assess the areas that require remediation be sure to use an assessment tool such as the Good Sensory Learning Reading Assessment Second, the process needs to be fun and engaging. Many programs require students to slog through boring lessons, complicated rules, and bland workbook pages. Many o

Free Text to Speech on macOS Helps Reading and Writing.

Apple has offered free accessibility tools with their personal computing devices for some time, but with each new operating system upgrade comes improvements and changes. A few weeks ago, I did a blog and video on their Dictation accessibility tool, and this week I hope to educate you about the many benefits of their Speech accessibility tool. So, if you read better when you can hear written text and could benefit from editing your papers by listening to your compositions, you are in the right place. What is Speech? Speech is a text to speech technology on macOS that allows users to quickly transform written text into audible words. Simply highlight a word, sentence, paragraph or a whole article in a document, email or online website, and once you select the designated command keys, your Mac will read the selection aloud. To top it off, you can choose from more than 70 male or female voices across 42 languages.  How Can This Free Speech Accessibly Feature Be Enabled? Be s

How to Teach Spelling: A Focused Remedial Approach

The brain is an extremely complex infrastructure of neural highways and byways, and each student has their own unique pattern of established pathways as well as cognitive based strengths and weaknesses. As a result, defining the best remedial techniques for spelling requires a mindful approach that evaluates the cognitive based causes of the spelling difficulty and then tailors a specific remedial approach.  So How Can I Meet the Individual Needs of Each Student for Optimal Learning? There is a four step process to meeting the needs of your struggling spellers. 1) Rule out any vision or hearing problems by asking the family to pursue the needed testing. This is something that the child’s pediatrician can do. 2) Understand the core cognitive based weaknesses or difficulties that can cause spelling struggles. These include: Auditory processing Visual processing Memory Optilexia Sequential processing Passive learning Inattentive learning Stress 3) Know how to use pri

Good Sensory Learning Coupon: Sharing the Gratitude Holiday Promotion

Dear Friends: I wanted to do something special to thank you for your interest and patronage. On my educational publishing site, Good Sensory Learning , I offer mindful and multisensory educational materials for learning specialists, educational therapists, teachers, homeschoolers and more. In particular, you can find fun, educational lessons, assessments, and cognitive remedial tools to name a few. I also offer bundles for specific areas of difficulty such as dyslexia, executive functioning, attention, visualization and working memory. These bundles are already discounted. However, until December 25th 2016, I am offering an additional 20% off all these bundles. I have never offered a promotion like this, but I want to make my already affordable products even more accessible for those that need to watch their pennies. All you have to do is use the coupon code: gratitude during checkout. You can click on the button below to learn about all my bundles. Cheers, Dr. Erica

Learning Specialist Courses: Creating a Successful Learning Specialist Practice in 60 Days

Would you like to open your own tutoring or learning specialist practice? Do you want the FREEDOM and INDEPENDENCE to make a difference?  Do you know what it takes to CONNECT with and EMPOWER students?  Do you want to be a part of a MULTISENSORY, TAILORED and PERSONALIZED method that you can deliver in your own private practice while having access to a support community of likeminded professionals?  You Don’t Have to Do It Alone! Whether you would like to create a private practice from scratch, or you already have an established business, I would love to help you. You can now gain access to my secrets, expertise, methods, swipe notes and a support community of likeminded professionals as well as a growing selection of promotions from the best resources and companies. This and more is all available in my evergreen course Create a Successful Learning Specialist Course in 60 Days. If you Answered Yes to Any of the Questions Above, Watch this Video to Learn More.