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Place all 8 parts of a Speech into One Funny Sentence!   I, funny Sam, am playing happily and friendly at school at noon. Wow!   Pronoun, adjective, noun, helping verb, verb, adverb, conjunction, adverb, preposition (where) preposition (when). Interjection!   Make up your own sentence using the 8 parts of speech to recall them.   I taught an 8th grader a similar mnemonic sentence for him to recall his parts of speech by this method, and he shared with me that he had not understood sentence structure prior to this strategy.

         After 30 years of tutoring special education children, I have decided that all academic problems are mine, not the students. Thus, I analyzed what has already been provided in detail to determine what does and does not work. For example, children have different learning styles that are not rigid, but flexible. Each of us may be good at a tactile sport but not efficient at a sport requiring gross motor skills. Or a student may read silently better than aloud, yet prefer to read aloud to younger siblings. Another child may draw a concept better than listening to a teacher's lecture. Learning by both visual and auditory processing may be best for others, who do not prefer writing. Tactile learners can use both visual and auditory means for success.          I was talking with a student about his needs who listened attentively, yet was not making progress. I switched to a visual approach, placing my directions on 3... read more

Who is an Educational Therapist? Children who benefit from combining their visual (perception), listening (or auditory perception) and tactile (fine-motor) abilities to practice, retain and recall for future tasks, usually do well with an professional educator. An educational therapist usually has a Master's in Education or Special Education from a well recognized college or university. Their experience includes visual-motor integration, auditory processing, and other perceptual skills. Short-term sequential memory, working memory, use of mnemonic and other strategies are combined with the best-evidenced reading, writing, and math programs, as well as all language-arts remediation and enhancement. A professional educational therapist may be a Board-Certified Educational Therapist by "The Association of Educational Therapists", for example. Many educational therapists have Ph.D.'s, and/or psychotherapy licenses. Thus, self-esteem and other emotionally-related... read more

I am an Educational Therapist who works with parents to better understand educational difficulties that their youngster may present from PreK-8th grade. It seems that the term "Aspergers" is a 'popular' word that is being used lately to describe many different kinds of issues. This term is considered by medical doctors to be under the larger umbrella term called "Autism" or Autisic Spectrum Disorders. Some parents as well as educators become very concerned when the word "Autism" is used. Usually, a child under the age of 3, has been diagnosed as having signs and symptoms of Autism, which may include a sudden stopping point in learning. At a later time, with positive training and meeting essential needs, the child is able to learn language, that is, to speak and understand at school and continue to learn at either a regular or an excelled rate. We then begin to say the child has moved from the low end of the total spectrum-Autistic (often with... read more

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