Good Sensory Learning Blog

7 Free Strategies for Selecting Reading Books for Kids

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This week I have a guest post by Nancy Platt Dauwd. Nancy is an early literacy specialist, educational therapist and executive functioning coach in Ossining, NY. Nancy is passionate about multisensory and play-based education. Currently residing in Westchester, NY, Nancy is furthering her expertise in language acquisition and bilingual education. Each year as schools close their doors for summer vacation, a familiar scene plays out. Students joyously, rapturously careen into vacation mode without a thought to the summer reading lists and “enrichment packets” that likely made their way home in the final days of the school year. The ten weeks that make up...

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12 Executive Functioning Strategies for Student Success

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Gearing up for the fall, teachers and parents often scour for strategies that can help learners maximize their learning potential, complete assignments on time, and manage their workload. Although, executive functioning is a no brainer for many, planning, time management and organization can be troublesome and bewildering for others. In fact, I work with many bright and capable students that have the intellect, test taking capabilities and desire to acquire top marks, yet missing assignments, lost materials, avoidant behavior and messy backpacks wreck their GPA. Each academic year offers students a fresh start, so providing them the needed resources and...

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Unleashing Learning Potential - Simple Strategies for Success

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Back in 2017, I was interviewed by Elisheva Schwartz, a fabulous entrepreneur that hosts the Dyslexia Quest Podcast. It was a really fun and lively discussion that centered on the amazing benefits of mastering the metacognitive skill, visualization. There is a wealth of information in this podcast, so I hope you will take the time to listen.  What Does the Podcast Address: My own background and expertise. The benefits of visualization for reading, writing and other areas of academics. The ways visualization builds attention skills. My journey on expanding my own personal visualization abilities. My work with students to develop their...

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Why Train as a Tutor When You Can Be a Learning Specialist?

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What is the Difference Between a Tutor and a Learning Specialist? A tutor is a teacher who assists students outside of school. They provide support and review concepts with difficult subject matter or classes. Oftentimes, they help with homework completion and may address some study strategies. Tutors usually hold a degree in the subject(s) instructed, and many have an undergraduate degree or higher. Also you can check out our article on the difference between a tutor and a teacher. A learning specialist is an instructor who is skilled and experienced in providing learning strategies to struggling students. These professionals work one-on-one...

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Teaching Students Relaxation and Attention Skills with the Muse

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  Additionally, I’m seeing this concerning profile in a younger and younger student population.   How Can I Address Low Stamina and Student Anxiety? At first, I offered my students the opportunity to dip their hands into what I call my, “zen table.” The zen table is a hollow coffee table that I filled with lentils, mung beans, rocks and magnets. Students plunge their hands deep into the soothing medley, where they can allow the stress of the day to “dribble out of their fingertips.” Concurrently, we discuss the day, choose a positive mindset, engage in occasional meditations, and do...

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