Posts

10 Ways to Motivate and Empower Struggling Readers

Making the reading process fun over the summer months can transform an apparent chore into an enjoyable activity that young learners can relish.  One can make the reading process pleasurable by integrating engaging activities, creating a fun reading environment, teaching kids how to visualize, pairing the activities with pleasantries, sharing the process with them and integrating technology such as books on tape.
What Are Some Specific Strategies?
  1. Be positive and excited about your own reading time.  If kids see that you love it, they will want to do it too.
  2. Help your children learn to visualize or imagine pictures when reading or listening to text. While reading together, talk about your own visuals and ask them about theirs.  Creating a movie in your head improves reading comprehension, attention and will help kids picture the characters and settings.
  3. Create an exciting and comfortable niche for your children to read.  With your child or children collect pillows, blankets, stuffed animals and other items that create a relaxing, comfortable and fun environment for reading.
  4. Allow kids to listen to books on tape while reading along.  This will improve sight word vocabulary and listening skills.
  5. Make your child’s favorite snacks and drinks available during reading time.  This will provide positive associations with the reading process.
  6. Create a family time a few days a week, where the whole family reads to themselves or as a group.
  7. Go to the library or book store and help your children select reading materials that they find engaging.  This could be a book, magazine, comic and more.
  8. Integrate activities that your children enjoy into the reading process.  For example, if they love to draw, encourage them to illustrate a scene out of each chapter that they read.  
  9. Read the book with your child so that you can talk about each chapter.  You can even make it into a game.  See how many character, setting and plot details you can each remember from your reading. 
  10. When kids self-initiate reading, be sure to praise them and celebrate their self-directed accomplishments.

I hope you found these strategies helpful.  If you have any other ideas, please share them!

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 www.goodsensorylearning.com, www.dyslexiamaterials.com, www.learningtolearn.biz  
                                          Follow on Bloglovin

Kinesthetic Reading Remediation

Many students struggle with reading and the learning process can become discouraging and difficult.  However, integrating kinesthetics as well as other ways of learning can make the process both enjoyable and memorable.

Mastering the Vocabulary
One common problem is mastering the vocabulary behind reading. Words like syllable, vowel, and consonant are abstract terms for many young learners and without an understanding of and recognition of these distinctions, students build their knowledge on a weak foundation.


How Can You Teach the Terms in a Multisensory Fashion?
The last two weeks, I video taped a couple sessions with one of my students and then created a short YouTube video.   In these lessons, we tapped into all 12 ways of learning and as you can she, her enthusiasm is contagious.  The process addressed the following modalities:

  1. Visual
  2. Auditory
  3. Tactile
  4. Kinesthetic
  5. Sequential
  6. Simultaneous
  7. Reflective
  8. Verbal
  9. Interactive
  10. Direct Experience
  11. Indirect Experience
  12. Rhythmic/Melodic

Here is a link to our YouTube video or view is below. I hope you enjoy it and also integrate the ideas into your own lessons.

If you like the bouncy chairs, they are called Zenergy Ball Chairs:
Safco Products Zenergy Ball Chair, Black


Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator and publisher of multi-sensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning and Dyslexia Materials. She is also the director of Learning to Learn, in Ossining, NY.  

Fun Clothespin Orton Gillingham Remediation Ideas and More

Incorporating the fun factor can help to
make any difficult lesson enjoyable. 
I found these cute, little, painted clothespins on Ebay, and I think it
will take my lessons to a whole new level.  I have color coded the vowels and consonants as well as the digraphs. There are so many ways I can use these clothespins to enhance my lessons!

It will enhance my lessons for a number
of reasons:

  • Using these cute, colorful, mini clothespins that measure only 1 1/2 inches by 1/2 an
    inch will surely engage my learners.
  • Opening and closing
    clothespins also helps to develop fine motor skills.
  • Color-coding the letters can help the children differentiate between vowels and
    consonants.
  • Color-coding the letters can also help students discriminate between the different types
    of syllables.  If you look at the image above, the first two words are closed syllables, the third word is an open syllable, and the final word is a silent-e syllable.
  • Placing
    digraphs on a single clothespin helps the kids to remember that the two letters
    only make one sound. 
What are some
other possibilities?

  • You can store them in color-coded, up-cycled pill containers. 
  • You
    can also bring in additional colored clothespins to represent diphthongs (vowel
    combinations) as well as digraphs.
  • You
    can use large clothespins too.  If
    you can’t find colored ones, the easiest thing to do would be to make your own.  I have a number of suggestions linked under the next heading.
  • You can also use clothespins with whole numbers and integers to help students understand the sequence of the number line and when adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing.  
  • You can even use clothespins for grammar.  Students can sort nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs etc. onto the correct clothing hanger.  
Other clothespin ideas found
on Pinterest:
  • Other Clothespin Ideas:

        http://www.pinterest.com/pin/156500155774780549/ 

  • Dying
    Clothespins:

        http://www.pinterest.com/pin/283304632782361405/

  • Painting Clothespins:
I will be getting bigger clothespins too as
they are better at accommodating more than one letter.  This way I can also create activities
for prefixes, roots and suffixes.
If you have any comments or some other cool
ideas to do with clothespins, please share them below.

If you are looking for other ways to make your Orton-Gillinghman or phonics based program fun and enjoyable, you can review all my reading remediation materials at DyslexiaMaterials.com

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 www.goodsensorylearning.com
www.dyslexiamaterials.com & www.learningtolearn.biz  
Follow on Bloglovin

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
processing
: 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.

Following
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.
Reversing
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 www.goodsensorylearning.com
www.dyslexiamaterials.com & www.learningtolearn.biz  
Follow on Bloglovin

Reading Comprehension Strategies for Stories

Helping your
students to develop excellent reading comprehension skills can help them to succeed
in academics as well as life.  But
simply decoding words is not enough. 
Successful readers must remember content, understand inferences, maintain
focus and make connections. It is a comprehensive process that requires mindful
pre-reading activities, reading activities and post-reading activities.
Pre-reading Strategies
1.     Reading a summary of the chapter helps students
to conceptualize main ideas so that they can read deeper and prepare to
visualize the content.
2.    Questioning prior knowledge about the topic
can help students make connections and it can capture their interest.
3.    Skimming a prior chapter or reviewing personal
notes can help to bring back the story line or main idea for the reader.
4.    Predicting what will happen in the story can
help to engage learners imaginations and creativity.
Reading Strategies
1.     Underlining important characters, settings
and events can help the reader document important details.
2.    Annotating or taking notes in the margins
can help students to document their thoughts and focus on important events or
ideas.  Symbols such as S for setting and Þ for important event can help students to
be mindful of key features and actions.
3.    Pretending to be a movie director and trying
to make the characters and setting come alive can help students remain engaged
and can improve memory for the story.
Post-reading Strategies
1.     Using a notebook or sticky notes to record
3 to 5 bullets that summarize each chapter can help the reader pull the story
together.  In addition, this
strategy can also be used to help students to write a summary of the book.  Furthermore, jotting notes can also
offer a preview when the student returns to read another chapter.
2.    Drawing a picture or more for each chapter
that summarizes the events can help students to develop their visualization
capacity.
3.    Creating a timeline as the reader progresses
through the story can clarify the structure and the sequence of events.  Colorful drawings can also be added to
the timeline to help students imagine important details.
4.    Making marks in the book where there are
descriptive sections or character descriptions can be a good strategy for students
that have trouble visualizing while reading.  When they reach the end of a page or passage, they can go
back and visualize the events and scenes.
I hope you found
these strategies helpful.  I would
love to hear your thoughts.  If you would like a free handout of these strategies click here.

To learn more
about academic strategies as well as other helpful learning tools, consider purchasing Planning Time
Management and Organization for Success
. This publication
offers methods and materials that teach learning strategies, time management, planning and organization (executive functioning skills).  It
includes questionnaires, agendas, checklists, as well as graphic organizers.  You
will also find advice and handouts for math, memory, motivation,
setting priorities and incentives programs.  What’s more,
the materials accommodate learners of all ages.  Lastly,
I offer a free sample assessment from the publication too, as well as a free video on
executive functioning.  To Access this 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 www.goodsensorylearning.comwww.dyslexiamaterials.com & www.learningtolearn.biz  
Follow on Bloglovin

Free Vowel Combination Game

Using games to teach students the vowel combinations or vowel teams can be a wonderful way to entice your students and brings the fun factor into your lesson.  
Here is a free game, Voweleos, that I created that is similar to the game Dominoes.  

            For two to five players (for 3-5 players make two or more sets mixed together).
The vowel combinations can be:
  1. Copied onto 3” by 5” index cards that are cut in half horizontally 
  2. Written onto rectangular tiles 
  3. Printed on card stock and cut  
            Directions: Play on a surface with a lot of cleared space or play on the floor.  Shuffle the deck or tiles.  Decide which player begins and play proceeds in a clockwise rotation.  Each player or team should be dealt ten cards or tiles.  You can play open or closed handed.  Beginners should always play with their vowel combinations visible to everyone, so that the teacher or parent can assist them.  Place the rest of the deck/tiles face down and turn one card/tile over and display it in the middle of the playing field (the beginning card).  The first player must select one of their cards/tiles that makes the same sound as one side of the beginning card/tile and then place it aside the beginning card/tile.  Like dominoes, you can only play off the ends.  If a player cannot make a move, they must select from the card deck or remaining tiles until they can.  The winner is the first one to use all of his or her cards. 
Please note that you can color-code the cards/tiles to remind students the number of sounds that each vowel combination can make: red = 1 sound, blue = 2 sounds, green = 3 sounds.  For example, ai is red because it only makes one possible sound, whereas ea is green because it can make three possible sounds.  If you would like to play this game before you have introduced all of the vowel combinations, you can make two decks of the red cards/tiles and play with the vowel combinations that make a single sound. 
Here is a list of all the playing cards/tiles.
To learn about other reading games, consider purchasing one of my Reading Games publications. These digital downloads offer a large selection of reading card games and board games that are wonderful for any phonics or Orton Gillingham reading program.  Finally, look on the page for a blue button for a free sample of one of my board games too. If you like this game, please share it with your friends and leave a comment below. 

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 www.goodsensorylearning.comwww.dyslexiamaterials.com & www.learningtolearn.biz  
Follow on Bloglovin

Early Detection of Dyslexia

Early intervention is key as it can remediate and work around upcoming academic difficulties.  This is a very important approach for students with dyslexia.  Recent reports suggest that dyslexia impacts 5-10 percent of the population.  Now wouldn’t it be wonderful if this condition could be detected before children learned to read? Weaknesses could be strengthened and appropriate teaching methodologies could be selected, making the process of reading successful the first time.  This could save the educational system a fortune and these young learners could sail through elementary school with an intact self-esteem.

MIT News Reported, on August 14th, 2013 that research suggests that brain scans may help to diagnose dyslexia.  Differences in the size of the arcuate fasciculus, the brain structure that unites two language processing areas, is now detectable.  To learn more about this and their continued efforts, CLICK HERE

I hope you you found this helpful!  I would love to hear your thoughts.

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 www.goodsensorylearning.comwww.dyslexiamaterials.com & www.learningtolearn.biz  
Follow on Bloglovin

Can ChromaGen Glasses Really Cure Dyslexia?

                                               Image offered at Chromogen Website 
If ChromaGen
glasses can cure dyslexia, this implies that the root cause of this condition
lies in the visual domain. 
However, recent research, by Guinevere Eden, Ph.D. at
George Washington University Medical Center suggests that visual processing
weaknesses are not the cause of dyslexia. 
Nonethless, some individuals with dyslexia also report visual distortions when
reading, and for those who suffer from the illusion that words appear to move
on the page and also experience headaches, fatigue, and nausea when reading,
these glasses may warrant a second look. 
What is the History of
ChromaGen Glasses
The
ChromaGen website reports that what began as an optical corrective solution for
color blindness, soon became a tool for some individuals with dyslexia when
they reported a reduction in certain symptoms.  As a result, ChromaGen now offers a series of 16 lenses that
are designed to help children or adults who have visual reading disorders
associated with dyslexia.
How Do the Glasses Work:
According
to ChromaGen, for some individuals, the eyes do not work together properly.  The visual information that travels
along the brain’s neurological pathway is imbalanced.  The creators of ChromaGen glasses claim that colored lenses
change the wavelength of light going into the eyes so that the speed of the
information is altered.  By placing
different colored filters over the eyes, the glasses can balance the
information traveling to the brain. 
Dr. Harris, who developed the ChromaGen lenses, also purports that 90%
of individuals with dyslexia, that report visual distortions, benefit from their
product.
What are the Pros
1.   ChromaGen glasses are
noninvasive and could offer a quick fix for some visual processing symptoms.
2.   ChromaGen glasses are approved
by the FDA.
3.   ChromaGen glasses offer a 90
day, no questions asked, money back guarantee.
4.   There are no reported side
effects.
Cons
1.   ChromaGen glasses are expensive
at $150.00 for a screening and $750-$1200 for a pair of glasses.
2.   ChromaGen glasses are not covered
by insurance.
3.   ChromaGen glasses only
address one specific symptom that effects only some individuals with dyslexia.
4.   Although the ChromaGen
website offers plenty of written and video-based testimonials about the
benefits of their product for individuals with dyslexia, they still need to
back their claims with rigorous, quantitative research. 
If
you are still curious about ChromaGen glasses, they offer a questionnaire on
their website that can help you determine whether you or your loved one is a
candidate for this technology. 
Here is a link to the survey:
You
can also view some videos about the Chromagen lenses at the following link: http://www.ireadbetternow.com/show_all_videos
In
conclusion, these glasses may help some individuals with dyslexia to correct a
specific visual processing issue, but it’s definitely not a cure for all the
symptoms associated with this condition. 
Although, there are many testimonials for this technology, one must
consider the placebo effect.  But,
if you really want to know for yourself, and money is not an issue, why not
give it a try.  If you have any
experience with these glasses, I would love to hear your feedback.
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 www.goodsensorylearning.comwww.dyslexiamaterials.com and www.learningtolearn.biz  
Follow on Bloglovin

Quick Individualized Solutions for Struggling and Dyslexic Readers

There is no single reading program or method that will address all the needs of struggling readers, because each learner has his or her own unique strengths
and weaknesses.  In fact, there are
many cognitive processing weaknesses that can effect young learners and if you
want quick and optimal results, it’s important to pursue a comprehensive
evaluation.  A good assessment will
help uncover the areas of difficulty.  Then educational professionals, such
as an experienced reading specialist or educational therapist can focus on
strengthening those specific areas of cognition. 
What Are Some of The
Cognitive Processing Areas That Impact Reading?
There are many cognitive processing areas that can impact
reading.  Here are the most common:
Tracking: is the
ability of the eyes to follow the
movement of an object in motion or follow words across the page from left
to right.
Visual Synthesis
– is the ability to pull the pieces together to create a visual whole.
Visual Closure – is
the ability to identify or
recognize a symbol or object when the entire object is not visible.
Visual Discrimination  is the ability to discriminate
between visible likeness and differences in size, shape, pattern, form,
position, and color. 
Visual Reasoning – is the ability to understand and analyze visual
information. 
Visual Memory  is the ability to recall what has been seen.
Visual Sequencing   is the ability to recall the sequence
of symbols, letters or numbers that have been seen.
Attention to Visual
Details
  is the ability to attend to and recognize all the information and
fine points presented in an image.
Auditory
Discrimination 
 is the ability
to detect differences in sounds.
Auditory Memory – is the ability to remember the details
of what is heard.
Auditory Sequencing  is the ability to remember the
order of information in which it was heard.
Auditory Closure  is the ability to “fill in the gaps” and
decipher a word or message when a part is distorted or missing.
Sound Symbol
Association –
is the ability to connect a sound with a symbol or letter.
Word Retrieval  is
the ability to rapidly and precisely
express ideas into specific words.
Receptive Language  is
the ability to accurately understand language that is seen or heard.
Mental Flexibility – is
the ability to shift our thoughts
in order to respond effectively to any given situation.
Comprehensive Reading
Programs Work, But Are They The Best Solution?
No one would suggest a whole body workout, if you just had a weak
bicep.  Although a whole body
workout would help in many ways, it will be a long process and your bicep may
never receive the intensive work it needs to catch up with the rest of your
body.  Likewise, a reading program is always beneficial, but it will probably take time and it may
never strengthen the specific cognitive areas that need the most
attention. 
How Can Specific Cognitive Areas Be Strengthened? 
To strengthen specific areas of cognition, it is important
to do repeated activities that exercise those areas of the brain.  For example, if you need to improve a
student’s tracking abilities, he or she would need to do a lot of activities
that would require their eyes to follow from left to right and follow objects
in motion.  Likewise, to
improve visual discrimination, a student would need to complete a lot of
activities that would require the processing of similar images.  They would need to learn to practice and uncover likenesses
and differences. 
What Are Some
Specific Tools Professionals, Teachers and Parents Can Use?
To help make this process easier, I have designed a series of specific cognitive activities and games in a series of publications called
Reversing Reversals.  The first
publication in the Series, Reversing Reversal Primary, offers cognitive training materials for young
learners that are struggling with letters and numbers, as well as those that
are showing signs of dyslexia or other learning disabilities.  This
product includes fun activities and games that use animals which will truly please and
entice students.  Young learners will not even realize that they are working on the foundational skills that are
necessary to learn basic math and reading.  The next product is Reversing Reversals.  This integrates letters and numbers
into the activities and games. 
Finally, Reversing Reversals 2 continues to offer more activities which work with letters, numbers and even symbols.   Free samplings of the
activities are available for all three of these publications.  To learn more and try
the free samples, go to dyslexiamaterials.com.  Another
comprehensive tool that addresses many of the cognitive processing areas is Audiblox: http://www.audiblox2000.com/  For
visual processing issues, I also like the MiniLuk system, and for Visual Discrimination and reasoning, I like Visual Discrimination by Jean Edwards.  See the links below:
                 

I hope you found this helpful!  I would love to hear your thoughts!!

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 www.goodsensorylearning.com  www.dyslexiamaterials.com and  www.learningtolearn.biz 

Follow on Bloglovin

10 Easy Ways to Strengthen the Weaknesses Associated with Dyslexia

Dyslexia
is the new, hot topic in education around the globe, and it is
frequently featured in educational conferences, news articles, YouTube videos, and
even movies.  New estimates suggest
that as many as 1 in 10 children have this difficulty, making it the most common
type of learning disability.  Although dyslexia is common, many with this condition remain
undiagnosed.  Furthermore, many others who have received this diagnosis don’t
fully understand it and never receive the needed remediation.  So, how can
we help this underserved population? 
Here are some suggestions:
1. Because black text on a white
background can be visually uncomfortable for many with dyslexia,
provide them the option of using color overlays or nonprescription glasses with
color-tinted lenses.  You can make your own overlays by taking
transparent, colorful pocket folders or report covers and slicing them into
strips that can also be used as bookmarks.  You can get a selection
of tinted glasses that your students can use on sites like Amazon.com.  The most popular color seems to be yellow. 
2. Similarly, if changing the
color of the background is helpful for reading, it is likely that your learners
will also benefit from changing the background color when typing.  On a
Mac, using Word, this can be done by clicking on the Format drop down menu, and
then selecting background.  Here you can select another background
color.  Please note, this will not impact the background when printing
documents.  On a PC, this can be done by selecting the drop down menu, Page
Layout, then Page Color.
3. Play search games with letters and words that are challenging.  For example, if a
learner is having trouble discriminating between the letters “b” and “d,” give them
a magazine, newspaper or other print out and have them circle all the “bs.”  They don’t have to be able to read the text; they will just be
searching for the designated letter or word.  If you instruct a student to scan
one line at a time, you will also be strengthening his or her tracking skills.
4. Purchase a
book of jokes, or find some on the internet.  Go through each joke and
talk about what makes it funny.  Discuss double meanings, and make a list
of words that have multiple meanings.  Finally, encourage the learner to
make their own joke book.
5. If spelling
is a real problem, make a list of the student’s commonly misspelled words.  Use a
notebook and place one word on each page.  Have fun coming up with memory
strategies that will help the learner remember the correct spelling.  For
example, if a student is having difficulty with the word “together,” he or she may
notice that the word is made up of three simple words – to, get and her.  As
another example, one may notice that the word “what” has the word “hat” in
it.  The student might draw many hats in their notebook and then write down
the question, “What hat?”
6. Play fun, free internet games and videos that review basic phonics, such as Star Fall, BBCs Syllable Factory Game, Phonics Chant 2 and Magic E.
7. Make difficult letters, numbers and words with the learner out
of wet spaghetti, pebbles, raisins, pipe cleaners, a sand tray, shaving cream,
or clay.   You can also place challenging letters, numbers or words
on a ball or a balloon and play catch. 
Every time a participant catches the ball or balloon, he or she reads the first symbol or word seen.  Integrating a tactile and kinesthetic modality into lessons will make
them more enjoyable and memorable.
8. Use books on
tape or read aloud.  While listening, ask the learners to close their eyes so they can image the story in their head.  Many learners with
dyslexia never fully develop their capacity to envision or visualize a story,
because reading is so mentally overwhelming.  Helping these learners to
develop the ability to utilize their mind’s eye aids in reading
comprehension and memory.  Another option is to have the learner read
along, so they can begin to see and recognize whole words and phrases.  A great organization that offers books on tape
for struggling readers is Learning Ally. You can also purchase Franklin’s Anybook Anywhere so that books can be recorded at your convenience, yet played anytime – anywhere!
9. Have fun creating a
special reading area.  Make sure to come up with a fun name for this
place, such as “the book nook.”  Decorate it together.  You can
fill it with pillows, stuffed animals, blankets and other comforting
objects.  You can hang drapes around it, get a large bean bag, hide it
under a tall table, or build it around an indoor chair swing or hammock.  Have
books, highlighters, colored pencils and paper within reach.
10. Create a consistent
time every few days where the whole family  grabs a book and reads.  All
family members should congregate and read in a common room.  Make sure to
have munchies and other comforting objects at hand.  This is a time
to relax and enjoy the company of one another, so make this a cherished and
special time.

If you are interested in
purchasing some products that help students with dyslexia, consider downloading
a free sample of Dr. Warren’s Reversing ReversalsFollowing Directions, Making Inferences the Fun and Easy Way, or Reading Games.  These and more great publications are
available at www.dyslexiamaterials.com

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 www.goodsensorylearning.com  www.dyslexiamaterials.com and  www.learningtolearn.biz 

Follow on Bloglovin