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Cognitive Remedial Therapy for Student with Learning Disabilities: What is it?

Posted by Erica Warren on

The brain is much like the body. If we exercise areas that are weak or underdeveloped, we can overcome significant difficulties. In fact, we may even be able to turn a weakness into a strength. Just like a personal trainer or physical therapist can strengthen an underdeveloped bicep or repair a sprained ankle, a learning specialist or educational therapist can remediate troublesome cognitive processing areas like visual processing or auditory memory. In fact, I often tell my students that I'm a personal trainer for the brain.  What is Cognitive Remedial Therapy? Cognitive remedial therapy involves activities that improve mental abilities such...

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How To Help Students Be Active Learners

Posted by Erica Warren on

Many classrooms nurture passive learning by training students to sit still and receive lessons through lectures and texts.  They are expected to acquiesce, listen, absorb, and remember the new content.  Unfortunately, this approach does not serve the needs of all students, and an active learning environment can offer an exciting solution. What is Active Learning? Active learning environments are bustling with energy and thought-provoking activities. Students are busy engaging with others, sharing ideas, and applying new content to prior knowledge. Active learners are continually involved in creative projects, self-directed learning, mindful activities, interactive discussions, and multisensory ways of learning. In addition, learners...

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10 Successful Strategies for Tactile Learners

Posted by Erica Warren on

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. 3 Distinct Types Of Tactile Learning 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...

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Why Early Detection for Struggling Students is Important

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Struggling students often show signs of academic problems at an early age.  They may complain about homework, independent reading, or going to school altogether.  Parents might also witness other telltale signs such as trouble tying shoes, difficulties following directions, or maintaining focus, to name a few.  With large class sizes, it is not uncommon for bright kids with learning disabilities to remain unrecognized, and they can slip through the system. Why is Early Testing for Learning Disabilities Important?  Seeking screeners and a comprehensive psychoeducational evaluation, when signs first arise, can help a struggling student uncover the root problems.  If they are given the...

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Teaching Inferences To Students of All Levels While Having Fun

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Implied meaning can be a tricky concept to master when students move from concrete to abstract ways of thinking.  However, learning implied meaning does not have to be difficult.  In fact, teaching inference skills can be joyful and memorable! What is an Inference? Inferences are a common literary device that requires the reader or listener to imply meaning from evidence or known facts. It is a higher-order thinking skill that enables conclusions to be drawn or implied from hidden messages.   When Do Students First Come Across Inferential Thinking? Children passively learn about or make inferential leaps when they draw conclusions from the world around them.  For...

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