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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.  What's more, 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 Do We Help These Students Learn the Core Skills Needed to be Successful Readers?
First, use a remedial program that is backed by time, testimonials and research.  The Orton-Gillingham approach to reading is a well-established and researched approach that offers a multisensory, sequential, incremental, cumulative, individualized, and explicit approach.  There are many programs that are available.  Click here to learn about a selection of these programs. Second, employ an individualized approach as each …

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 Speechaccessibility 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 sure to upgrade …

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. 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. 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 Know how to use prior testing to uncover the core difficulti…

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.   Wishing you a joyous holiday …

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

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.

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Dyslexia Screeners: What's the Best Option?

Finding the best dyslexia screener can be a vital step for schools as well as parents, but sifting through the many options can be time consuming and challenging. I began the rigorous process of evaluating 13 different options and found the experience both interesting and surprising. While some instruments offer Likert scale questionnaires, others assess a student's cognitive or achievement abilities. The two screeners (which will remain nameless) that I thought would likely be the best, were disappointingly inadequate. A table below illustrates a summary of my findings, and I will let you come to your own conclusions.
The Table (below) Compares the 13 Resources by a Number of Factors: Age: The age range of eligible participants. Cost: The cost of the assessment/screener. Administration Time: The time it takes to take the test. Test Type: The format of the test.   Questionnaires: About half of the instruments were Likert scales that obtain participant's preferences or degree o…