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Higher Order Language Skills: A Bundle of Remedial Tools

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Some students struggle academically for the first time when concepts move from concrete ideas to abstract ways of thinking. This happens because they have weaknesses in higher order language skills. Higher order language skills, also called higher level language or metalinguistic skills, refers to advanced language processing that is an expected competence in middle school and high school. It requires both abstract and deductive verbal reasoning skills as well as the understanding of advanced vocabulary, and word relationships. What are the Common Difficulties Associated with Higher Order Language Skills? When a student has difficulty with higher order language skills, they...

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88 Assistive Technology Tools for Struggling Learners

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Making sense of the complex weave of assistive technology devices and applications for struggling learners can be a confusing and frustrating chore. This blog talks about 15 different types of assistive technology that can benefit struggling learners with links to my favorite tools. For a more comprehensive discussion of these technologies CLICK HERE. Comprehensive Technologies: Don Johnston Inc. - $. Kurzweil 3000 - $   TextHelp - $ ClaroRead - $ Planning, Time Management, and Organization: iStudies Pro - Free/$ - Remember the Milk - Free - RescueTime - $ Strict Workflow  - Free - Wunderlist - Free - Text to...

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Back to School Executive Function Skills: Establishing a Routine, Planning, and Managing Time

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Having a great school year is largely determined by a student’s ability to plan out their day, manage their time, and stick to a routine. In other words, they need to have well-developed executive functioning skills. What is Executive Functions? Executive functioning, or what I like to call the Grand Central Station of the brain, is the complex cognitive process of managing a crowd of sensory input and output and applying meaning, all while maintaining one’s “train” of thought. Although many teachers and parents can not fathom how apparently simple tasks such as using an agenda or turning in an...

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Dyslexia and Juvenile Delinquency: A Path of Ashes

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It is not uncommon to hear about all the high achievers and entrepreneurs with dyslexia, but did you know that there is also a disproportionate number of juvenile offenders and criminals with this learning disability? Although it is true that some individuals with dyslexia are able to succeed in life despite their learning disability, unfortunately, many more have tragic stories to tell. In fact, the United States Department of Education reported that 60 percent of American inmates are illiterate and 85 percent of all juvenile offenders have reading problems. In New Zealand, an estimated 10% of the population is dyslexic,...

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Learning Specialist Secrets: A Free 3-Part Video Course

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Are you a tutor, learning specialist or educational therapist? If not, would you like to establish a business helping learners to reach their true potential? Whether you would like to create a private practice from scratch, or you already have an established business, I would love to help you. For the past 18 years, I have directed my own business, Learning to Learn, and it's been the most rewarding experience of my life. I am so excited to share my course: Learning Specialist Secrets: 3-Part Video Series! The first part is even FREE! In this course, I reveal the benefits, mistakes, and...

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