Go Dyslexia Episode 7: Rapid Automatic Naming and Multisensory Methods with Guest Dr. Michael Hart and Host Dr. Erica Warren

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I’m so pleased to announce my seventh Go Dyslexia video podcast: Rapid Automatic Naming and Multisensory Methods with Guest Dr. Michael Hart and Host Dr. Erica Warren. URL:

This video podcast shares my most recent video podcast, featuring dyslexia expert and advocate, Dr. Michael Hart. This is the seventh of many, free video podcasts for Go Dyslexia!   

Dr. Michael Hart is a child psychologist and dyslexia expert who offers 25 years of experience in parent and teacher training, educational technology, learning differences, and diagnostic assessments. He is the founder/owner of and is currently providing online webinars and courses that focus on dyslexia.  

During the video podcast, Michael and I talk about rapid automatic naming (RAN) and its impact on dyslexia and more specifically reading.  In addition, we discuss the importance of using the Orton-Gillingham approach, multisensory methods and paying attention to the individual needs of learners.  

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What is Rapid Automatic Naming?

Rapid Automatic Naming or Rapid Automatized Naming (RAN) is the ability to quickly verbalize a series of familiar items including letters, numbers, colors or things.  This a cognitive skill that has a major impact for many struggling readers.

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Dr. Erica Warren
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Free Preposition Instruction with Pierre the Proposition Mouse

Recently, one of my students expressed some confusion about
prepositions.  I reached into my cabinet looking
for manipulatives and pulled out a stress toy that included a rubber mouse and
his block of Swiss cheese.  I explained
that a preposition was anything that the mouse could do to the Swiss
cheese.  We decided to call the mouse
Pierre and had fun giving him his own “voice.” 
We placed him in various positions in relation to the cheese to explore
the many types of prepositions and had a good belly laugh.    
To share our fun, we decided to create the following YouTube

I also offer a fun, multisensory publication called Preppy the Preposition
Penguin.  Students get to complete an art
activity where they create Preppy the penguin as well as Preppy’s igloo.  Then students can have fun exploring the
different things that Preppy can do to his igloo by using prepositions.  The download also includes lesson ideas, fun
worksheets and three interactive games.  To
learn more, CLICK HERE.

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, &

Literary Devices: Free Handout and Link to New Publication

What’s the Confusion all About?
the years, my students have come to sessions seeking help with literary
devices.  They have expressed
confusion over the terms: literary devices, literary terms, literary elements
and figurative language, and they also struggle with the many definitions. 
What are Literary Devices, Literary Terms, Literary Elements and Figurative Language?
  • Literary Devices are creative writing
    strategies used by an author to convey his or her message(s).  When used
    well, literary devices help readers to visualize, interpret and analyze
    literary texts.  There are two
    kinds: literary techniques (which includes figurative language) and literary
  • Literary Techniques are words or phrases in texts of literature that writers use to achieve artistic or creative
    expression.  Literary techniques
    also help readers to visualize, understand and appreciate literature.  
  • Literary Elements are components or pieces that make up a story or
    literary work. 
  • Figurative Language is the creative use of words and phrases that offers a hidden meaning beyond any literal

How Can Students Understand the Global Concept?
I created an image to help students
“see” the big picture as well as understand the individual components.  Although I have not included all possible literary devices, I have included what I believe to be the most common ones.  I hope you agree. 

Click Here to download a free copy of
this image.
Additional Resources:
If you are also interested in a
comprehensive publication that also offers students additional printables, a
multisensory activity and a game, Click Here
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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Show Don’t Tell: A Descriptive Writing Game

Descriptive writing enables the author to paint scenes and
characters in the mind’s eye of the reader.  Like an artist, carefully selected, colorful words can
convey vivid imagery, but only if the author learns to “show” and not “tell” the audience.  Learning how to use illustrative adjectives, action verbs, graphic adverbs, expressive
metaphors, vivid similes and showy personification is the key to writing engaging stories.  What’s more is it makes the process of writing a lot more fun!

Concrete learners or students that struggle with
visualization or language processing can find descriptive writing difficult to
learn.  They can also find the learning process boring and tedious.  As a result, I created a
game to help make descriptive writing both enjoyable and memorable.

Show Don’t Tell: A Fabulously Fun Descriptive Writing Game, by Dr. Erica Warren at Good Sensory Learning, will walk you
through the process.  You will be
amazed at the beautiful paragraphs that players of all ages will create. 
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Come learn more by clicking here
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 and 

This colorful Thanksgiving digital 

download – PDF offers enjoyable and

engaging printable activities that 

strengthen language processing skills 

such as listening, following written/oral 

directions, understanding 

homework/test questions and 

interpreting multiple choice items. 

Included in this publication are three 

activities that will also help your 

students practice linguistic cues and 

develop spatial, sequential, attentional and executive 

functioning skills.  You can come get a free sampling or

purchase this as well as other great

Following Directions activities by clicking on the image or the

following link.

Fun Halloween Activity that Strengthens Language Skills

Weaknesses in language processing can be difficult to remediate, and finding fun activities that can help strengthen this cognitive processing area is a further challenge.  I designed my Following Directions – The Fun and Easy Way series to offer activities that help students develop listening skills, attention to detail, vocabulary, mental flexibility, spatial skills, and more.  They were initially created for my own private practice, and now they are available to the public.  Each page is filled with colorful images and students get to draw, complete mazes and work through process of elimination exercises that are fun and engaging.  For added enjoyment, I am now creating holiday exercises that can be used throughout the school year.  My latest download offers three Halloween handouts.  Come view all of the activities by clicking on the image and even download a free sampling.

All the best, Dr. Erica  Warren

Activities or Games that Remediate Word Finding Difficulties

Many students struggle with word finding difficulties.  This is when a student has the
knowledge, but they are not able to express it.   They may not, for example, be able to access the name
of a good friend or even an everyday object.  This can be very frustrating and when put under pressure
this difficulty tends to worsen. 
Therefore, a student may know the content for a test, but they may not
be able to access it without a word bank. 
So what can we do to help strengthen this cognitive processing area in a
way that won’t be too frustrating?
Here are 4 games that can be purchased on that
will help in the process.  I have had great success with all four of them!  If you know of some others, please let me know.
1) Hey, What’s the Big Idea: 

2) Word Shuffle:

3) Spot it:

 4) Scattergories:

The Four Types of Sentences: A Fun and Easy Approach

Learning about the four types of sentences can be difficult.  Dr. Warren has now made the process fun and easy. Cartoon-like characters can now help students remember the difficult terms.  Students will meet Commander Pear, Ms. Clair Bear, Rog the Frog and Sam the Clam.  Come get a free sampling of Commander Pear click here

To learn more about the full versions click here

Strategies that Help Students to Organize Ideas, Build Paragraphs, and Implement Transitions in Their Writing

ideas and building paragraphs can be a taxing and complicated process for
beginning writers.  Writing
requires multitasking. When some of these tasks are challenging, they can
become overwhelming hurtles that trip up the flow of ideas and can stop the
creative process in its tracks. 
For instance, if a student is still toiling with the formation of
letters, the second they go to write down their fabulous ideas, their attention
is swept away by the engulfing fine motor task.  Likewise, those that tussle with spelling often lose their
thoughts as they get diverted down a path of sounds and symbol
associations.  Still, others find
that although they have great thoughts, it’s a tough and tedious workout to
sequence the surge of scurrying words and ideas.
many students, they must develop some degree of automaticity before they can
gracefully interlace the required tasks that are necessary to become a
confident and savvy writer.
So, what are some
strategies that can help students to master the basic elements of writing.
1.     If spelling is a challenge, allow the student
to dictate answers as you write them down or use voice to text software, such
as Dragon Dictate. 
2.    If organizing ideas is difficult, help the student
to define main ideas and details and sequence ideas in an outline or web.  An excellent software tool that can
help with this is Kidspiration or Inspiration for older students.  You can learn more about it at: .  You can also find an online,
collaborative version of this software on the internet at: .
3.    If handwriting is labored and the student
is able to type quite well, allow them to use a computer for written
assignments and class work.
4.    If handwriting and typing is a problem,
again consider allowing the student to dictate answers to you as you write them
down or help them to use voice to text software, such as Dragon Dictate. 
5.    If getting started is a problem, discuss
the topic.  Ask a lot of guiding
questions and record the student’s ideas in writing or with a voice recording
6.    Whenever a student is struggling with any
of the tasks required for writing, make sure they get plenty of practice so that
they can master the skill. Try to make the exercises fun by using game like
activities or software programs that can assist with tasks such as typing.  
7.    If the student experiences persistent difficulties
with writing or any of the many tasks required to write, consider asking your
school district to provide a full battery of testing to rule out a learning
disability.  You can also pursue
testing outside your school district with a professional in your

     If you would like
to learn more about helping students with the organization of ideas and the
layout of writing, look at my recent publication, Categorizing, Paragraph
Building and Transitional Word Activities
.  The 30 page downloadable document
offers a series of printable game-like activities that help students to
understand and practice organizing main ideas and details as well as sequencing
sentences and adding transitional words. 
These fun activities are appropriate for elementary students and there
are also additional materials for an older population.

St. Patrick’s Day Following Directions Activities are a blast

Check out my St. Patrick’s Day following directions activities.  They are wonderful at strengthening language skills and help students to better understand the subtleties of linguistic cues.  They are a terrific sampling of three fun activities that can even a student’s ability to decode the language behind multiple choice tests.improve