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I learned about Daily Word Ladders during my Orton Gillingham training. Since then I have added the activity to the plan for each of my reading tutoring clients. The 10 min. exercises require the client to read clues on each rung of the ladder, then change or rearrange letters to create words until they reach the top. Clients are analyzing sound-symbol relationships, expanding their vocabulary, and building spelling skills to become better readers. I choose the grade level workbook depending on the reading level of the client.
Zingo! Word Builder is a fun, confidence building game to get a tutoring session off to a great start. It is just challenging enough for beginning readers and a confidence boost to more experienced readers.
Working memory is a core executive function. We use our working memory to hold, process, and manipulate information. It is an important process for reasoning and the guidance of decision making and behavior. I read that working memory is the search engine of the mind. We use it constantly to perform efficiently and effectively in academic and social settings. Working memory is necessary for staying focused on a task, blocking out distractions, and keeping us updated and aware of what is going on around us. http://www.cogmed.com/workingmemory
I use these exercises with my clients who are building and strengthening executive function skills (they are good for me too!).
When coaching a teenager on how to get organized and learn planning skills, it is important to choose a calendar that will interest them and keep them interested enough to use. One of my high school aged clients is a runner. I chose this calendar for him because it is high interest and for each month there are training tips and words of inspiration.
All of my executive skills coaching clients are doodlers! Doodling can aid memory by expending just enough energy to keep a person focused. We are learning together about visual note taking.
I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving!