Teaching students academic areas of achievement such as reading fluency and comprehension as well as writing can be a challenging task, particularly when the cause of the difficulty lies in cognitive processing weaknesses. Effective schooling depends on multiple processes working simultaneously, and when one falters or does not work to a degree of automaticity, learning becomes labor intensive. Rapid automatic or automated naming (RAN) is one of these foundational or developmental cognitive skills. In fact, when RAN is an area of weakness, it can become a common trip wire that snags student success. RAN is a common deficit for children with learning disabilities such as dyslexia. Luckily, research now suggests that RAN can be improved, that it affects academic achievement, and that it is one of the best predictors of reading fluency.
Have you ever had trouble remembering the name of something? Perhaps it was an animal you know well, but you just can't recall it. The ability to quickly recall information in one's head is RAN. For example, it's the ability to access from memory the name of an item, place, or even a girls name. RAN involves multiple cognitive processing areas used in symphony as it involves visual tracking, working memory, processing speed, sound symbol association, and automatic word retrieval. It is fast access from long-term memory to consciousness, the information that we need in the moment. In addition, it involves subconscious memory skills that match or pair images with words, keeps thinking fluid, and helps with concentration and focus. RAN also establishes easy-to-access neural pathways that assist with memories of objects, characters, themes, stories, images, sentences, and core academics such as the alphabet, symbols, and numbers.
Processing speed refers to the time it takes for one to respond to and/or process information in the environment. Processing speed is an important skill since it allows students to think and learn with greater efficiency.
Tracking is the ability to move one's eyes smoothly across the page and from one line of text to another. This publication is arranged with rows of items in a set order so that players can also exercise this needed skill for reading text and documents.
For those that struggle with rapid naming, visual processing and perception, processing speed, word finding difficulties, visual attention, sound-symbol association, and tracking, these online resources serve as memory games that can help to strengthen abilities through fun and entertaining activities. This cognitive tool can be used with an individual child or pairs of toddlers, preschoolers, or older kids that are motivated by competition. They can even be used with adults. Each resource page offers a list of pictures that is much like a memory game or matching game.
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You can use the range of resources with learners in online and in-person sessions. Be sure to introduce each activity as a game, so students "play" as they work their way through each picture. In addition, you can track player progress with the downloadable Growth Tracker found in Module 2.
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The Growth Tracker
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🟧 Shapes and Colors
🟧 Letters, Numbers and Symbols
🟧 Sight Words
🟧 Animals & Objects
This resource offers an organized and easy-to-access library of materials for both online and in-person sessions. As a result, the activities are not downloadable.
For those that struggle with rapid naming, visual processing, processing speed, word finding difficulties, sound symbol association, and tracking, these digital activities can help to strengthen these abilities through fun and entertaining activities. In addition, the product offers a growth tracker as well as video and written instruction on to teach students new ways of encoding information for improved retrieval.
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This publication offers a growth-tracker download to help document student progress.
This resource offers a selection of 49 activities that exercise Rapid Automatic Naming (RAN), processing speed, tracking, and vocabulary skills. In addition, instruction on memory strategies and conscious learning is also offered so that students can learn how to encode information in a way that improves recall speed and accuracy. All the activities are located in Module 4 and are designated with an orange square 🟧.
All the activities are presented as slides and can be used on any computer, laptop, or tablet.
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