Cognitive Exercises Solve Reading and Math Difficulties

Many young learners struggle with basic reading and math
because the cognitive skills required to do these tasks are weak.  Therefore, these children need to
strengthen these processing areas before they attempt to learn how to decode
words and execute basic computations. 
What are the
Core Areas of Cognition Required for Basic Reading and Math?

1.   Sequential
processing and memory
: The ability to scan, make sense of, and remember
information in a sequence or series.
2.   Auditory
processing and memory
: The ability to listen, make sense of, and
remember information that is heard.
3.   Visual
processing and memory
: The ability to scan, make sense of, and remember
visual information and symbols.
4.   Attention
to detail
: The ability to thoroughly and accurately perceive and
consider all the details and then determine the most important piece or pieces
of information.
5.   Speed of
: The ability to perform
simple repetitive cognitive tasks quickly and fluently.
6.   Spatial skills: The ability to
mentally manipulate 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional figures.
7.   Tracking: The ability
to scan text from left to right.
Basic Exercises can Help to Remediate Weak Cognitive Areas

Each of the cognitive areas listed above can be strengthened.  However, what is most important is the
activities need to be focused and engaging enough to enchant young
learners.  From my work with
children over the past 15 years, I have recently created two publications that offer fun
activities and games that your primary students will be sure to love.  These activities can also be used with older students as a form of cognitive remediation.

Directions Primary:

My newest publication, Following Directions Primary, offers
a comprehensive, 49 page, digital download that includes process of elimination and coloring activities.  It develops abilities with the use of cute animals and aliens as well as letters, numbers, shapes and arrows. As students
develop listening skills, they also enhance linguistic abilities and core
cognitive skills.  If you are interested in learning more about this publication
you can come to my product page.  You can even download free samples.
Reversals Primary:

This past summer, I created Reversing Reversals Primary.  This two focuses on strengthening the
cognitive foundation needed for reading and math.  It also works on the cognitive areas that impact
students with dyslexia such as perception.  This publication, which is available as a digital download, offers 72 pages of activities and a game and teaches all of the cognitive skills with the use of colorful animal images.  If you are interested in learning more
about this publication you can come to my product page. You can even download a free samples.
By helping young learners to develop their core, cognitive
foundation before commencing with reading and math instruction, you can assure
that these students will have the abilities necessary to succeed. Furthermore, you can avoid learning difficulties and allow your young learners to progress with confidence.

Cheers, Erica

Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning and Dyslexia Materials.  She is also the director of Learning to Learn, in Ossining, NY.  To learn more about her products and services, you can go to &  
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