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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

10 Successful Strategies for Tactile Learners

Can you imagine what it would be like to navigate our surroundings without a sense of touch? It would probably be challenging to simply get from place to place, let alone learn anything! For many learners, a hands-on approach greatly enhances the learning process, and we as teachers need to know how to accommodate these students.
Tactile learners

Virtually everyone learns through the sense of touch, but there is a vast continuum with some learners reporting the tactile modality to be somewhat distracting while others find that it serves a vital role. In fact, over the past 20 years as a learning specialist and educational therapist, I have found that there are three distinct types of tactile learning that should be considered.
  1. Feeling objects in the environment: Some students learn best when touching or manipulating objects. Using an abacus for math calculations, interacting with a historical diorama, or even sorting sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks, for example, can assist with the encoding process.
  2. Sensing words through a writing instrument: Other learners report that feeling the letters form or typing out ideas can help them to process information. This might be, for instance, brainstorming ideas on a dry erase board, taking notes on an iPad, or organizing ideas into outline or web form.
  3. Engaging with sensory gadgets or doodling: Still, others indicate that fidgeting with tactile toys, sensory tools, and drawing serves as what I like to call “hand gum.” This movement helps some learners focus their attention and “keeps them going.” Each learner has their own unique learning needs that are formed by both their cognitive makeup and their past learning experiences.
How Can Tactile Learners Be Accommodated in the Classroom?
There are a number of strategies one can use to accommodate those students that crave a tactile approach. Be sure to ask the student which strategies are most appealing as they may have specific preferences.
  1. Trace important words while memorizing information.
  2. Take notes and write outlines.
  3. Carry a stone, clay, stress ball, or sensory gadget that can be rubbed or manipulate while listening or studying.
  4. Rewrite notes or important facts.
  5. Draw or trace important diagrams, pictures, graphs, or flowcharts.
  6. Manipulate materials during hands-on activities.
  7. Draw to capture images of information that you are learning.
  8. Create dioramas and models.
  9. Organize physical materials. Tactile learners remember where they placed things.
  10. Play tactile games and activities in my popular publication Reversing Reversals Primary or use other tools such as miniLUK, Qbitz, and Color Code. You can also find more information here to help with reading.
What are the Other Learning Styles?
Four commonly known learning styles are: visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic. But did you know that there are eight other ways that the brain processes information? Teaching to all 12 ways of processing is best and offering multisensory instruction as well as assignments that honor all these modalities helps to prepare students for academic success.

How Can I Assess the Learning Needs of My Students?
One can determine a student’s specific learning preferences by completing the Eclectic Learning Profile. This assessment is a part of Dr. Warren’s publication the Eclectic Teaching Approach.

Clearly, learning to meet the individual needs of students is a great approach. However, let’s also make sure to optimize potential by providing a rich, multisensory learning environment that also accommodates the preferences and capabilities of each student.

Cheers, Erica
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.com, www.dyslexiamaterials.com & www.learningtolearn.biz
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