Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The RIGHT Sensory Resources Can Improve Focus for ADHD Readers

During the past week here at Brennan Innovators, we have been getting back to normal here in the office after concluding our annual spring conference season. Each March, we attend various educational conferences to present, exhibit and demonstrate our customizable reading tools for challenged readers across the Midwest. As in years past (since 2008), we again met with many enthusiastic parents, teachers and others who wanted to learn more ways to help their children, students and other adults with various reading difficulties.

From suspected to diagnosed ADHD, dyslexia, convergence insufficiency, autism and more, we offered strategies and techniques to assist them in helping readers of all ages. Again and again, we heard about the sensory needs of many of these readers. The sibling of a young reader mentioned that her sister "likes anything that has to do with soft animals." One adult care-giver told us that her mother reads better and more easily when the materials and resources used are soft or textured. Still another individual talked about how her 'tween son on the autism spectrum "loves the feel of a basketball when he reads." You can be sure that we had a set of Reading Focus Cards on hand to address each of these needs--- colorful, soft or textured!

Repeatedly at the conferences, we also heard about how the right sensory materials can significantly and positively enhance the focus of reading and learning for a number of individuals, regardless of age. A few visitors mentioned a diagnosis of sensory processing disorder (SPD) had been received. For this reason, we thought that in this week's blog article, it would be a good idea to include a collection of sensory resources that might provide some much-needed help for unfocused readers with ADHD. If focus is an issue for someone you know or even for yourself, we hope you will consider taking a look at these resources that might enhance and improve one's overall reading success.

Sensory Resources for Unfocused Readers with ADHD

Sensory Strategies for Kids with ADHD
from North Shore Pediatric Therapy
Sensory strategies are one of the most common and least invasive suggestions made to assist children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) function more successfully in their day to day lives. A nmber of these sensory strategies are offered in this article.

ADHD Study Tricks for Serious Wigglers
by Karen Sunderhaft, ADDitude Magazine
Parent-tested strategies are provided here to help your ADHD child sit still... and learn through all her senses.

Study Finds ADHD Improves With Sensory Intervention
from Temple University Health Sciences Center
Though published in 2005, the information in this article continues to hold true today---that sensory intervention (for example, deep pressure and strenuous exercise) can significantly improve problem behaviors such as restlessness, impulsivity and hyperactivity.

Fidgety, Forgetful, and Unfocused---How to Help Your Child Focus and Finish
by Ann Dolin, M.Ed., Educational Connections
Resources to help a child read and learn with more success.

APP---Reading Focus Cards Desktop App (Patent 8,360,779)
This article describes an innovative, overlay-type app can open new doors and eliminate many hurdles for a great number of challenged readers and struggling learners when they attempt to read web pages, downloaded e-books, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and more. Visual customization (which includes color, transparency, size and more) of this application for desktops is virtually infinite. The application can be especially helpful for challenged readers of any age with ADHD, dyslexia, autism, stroke/brain injury issues and other conditions affecting reading ability. (App download links included in the article.)

Reading Focus Cards, Low-tech Reading Tools for Challenged Readers
These reading tools can be especially helpful for unfocused, sensory readers. Colorful, soft or textured materials are used to create focusing tools that actually FEEL GOOD to use. The sensory attributes of these tools can actually promote more focus and concentration for easily-distracted readers with ADHD or other reading difficulties. As a result, comprehension can also improve as well as retention when the Reading Focus Cards are used according to directions included.

5 Senses Games for Kids
FREE games & activities to help increase awareness in young children of the individual differences of each of the five senses.

For information on customizable low-tech & digital reading tools for all kinds of challenged readers, please visit:
www.FocusandRead.com Tools for struggling readers of all ages!
www.BrennanInnovators.com Info & support for struggling readers

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K-3 Teacher Resources at
http://www.k-3teacherresources.com/5-senses.html#.VSBFr_nF9j8 and
Brennan Innovators, LLC at www.focusandread.com

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