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8 Successful Ways to Help Students Complete Homework

After a long day of school, many kids are cognitively spent and they have little patience and energy to pull out their assignment pad and slog through more academic work.  Often, what should take little time, drags out into hours and hours and families are often desperate for manageable solutions.
What Can We Do to Make Homework a Manageable Task?
Stop calling it homework!  Just the name can trigger pouty moods and cantankerous behaviors.  Find another word to use such as assignments or activities. Use a timer to help some students stay on track.  I usually set the timer for both completing assignments and taking breaks.  If students have a competitive nature, you can also use a timer to see how fast they can complete a few problems, and then see if they can beat their time.  This often creates a motivating game that can help them to maintain attention on the task at hand.Create a structured routine.  Make an afternoon and early evening schedule that includes blocks of time for assignm…

Why the New MPower Games Transform Struggling Learners

I am so excited to announce my newest publication, MPower: Cognitive Remedial Card Games! MPower offers a selection of multisensory games that improve memory and the processing of information for enhanced learning of core academics, such as reading and math. This publication is ideal for developing early literacy skills, teaching new ways to encode knowledge, and helping struggling learners find joy in the learning process. MPower is a powerful and fun remedial tool that can be used by therapists, teachers and even parents to achieve sharpened cognition and enriched learning for their students or clientele.

Why You Should Join my Facebook Support Group

Have you ever looked for a community of professionals and homeschoolers that can help you find the best educational services and multisensory resources?  How about a compassionate community forum that can offer advice and ideas?  You can now apply to be a part of my Learning Specialist and Educational Therapist Support Group.  Whether you are a homeschooler, learning specialist, educational therapist, speech and language pathologist, tutor, occupational therapist or another professional that assists struggling learners, this group can help! This group is moderated by Dr. Erica Warren, a seasoned learning specialist and educational therapist.  Dr. Warren is also the author of multisensory, educational materials @ www.GoodSensoryLearning.com and continuing education courses @ www.learningspecialistmaterials.com.  The vision for this group is a free, safe, sharing community of outstanding professionals and advocates that support one another. Who Can Benefit? 1) Learning specialists, educ…

How to Prepare for a 504 Meeting

Getting the needed accommodations for struggling students can be a long and arduous process.  Whether you pursue 504 or IEP accommodations, there are some things you can do to help assure that you will be pleased with the outcomes. In this blog post, I share a few tips and strategies. What do I know?
Over the past 20 years, working as a learning specialist, educational therapist, and advocate, I have attended countless 504 and IEP meetings. Some meetings went amicably and resulted in the desired outcomes, while others became a toilsome battleground that left the participants egos scarred and scraped and the student pulled between opposing forces.  I have tried and tested different preparation and presentation approaches and have come up with some winning recommendations.
Eight Strategies that can help you prepare for and present your case: As soon as the meeting is scheduled, call and then send a formal letter to the school letting them know that you will be tape recording the meeting. …

A New, Quick Way To Draw On PDF and Images

You can now save time, money, and space!  Did you know that you do not have to print out your classroom or tutoring activities anymore? You can simply open a PDF, or with the newer MacOS operating systems, a simple screenshot of a pdf, Word doc, Google doc, web page, or even a printed workbook page instantly offers drawing and writing tools that can be used to complete the activity.  If you want more drawing, tracing or coloring options, you can share the image to the drawing App, Procreate.  To top it off, as soon as the student completes the activity, they can then save and forward the completed image in a text or email!  This lightens book bags, saves on paper and ink, and it is better for our environment!  Let me show you how to do this.

What is a Screenshot? 
A screenshot captures the image you see on your screen and stores it on your camera roll, and it can be edited, shared, and stored.

How to do this on an Ipad:
Find the image, file, webpage, or handout you want to capture.Set u…

What Can You Do When Your Child Hates to Read

For many young learners, reading is a tantalizing adventure into the imagination of an author and a fun way to increase knowledge. However, for other learners, reading can be a tedious chore that can result in avoidance and even tantrums.  So, what can you do when a child hates to read?  It is a two-step process.  First, one must uncover the problem or problems.  Then, one must pick among a number of solutions. 
I Uncover the Problem or Problems
There are a number of difficulties that can make the process of reading a dull and laborious grind, and uncovering the core cause(s) can help to untangle the problematic turmoil.
Visual processing deficits: Visual processing is a cognitive skill that allows us to process and interpret meaning from information that we see through our eyes, and it plays an important role in academic subjects such as reading, math, and spelling.  To learn about the different types of visual processing, click here.Labored decoding skills: Decoding is the ability to…