Spelling Instruction: Assessment and Remedial Approach

Spelling Instruction: Assessment and Focused Remedial Approach

taught by Dr. Erica Warren

Course description

Spelling Instruction: Assessment and Remedial Approach is not only a course on the causes and remedial solutions to spelling problems, but it also includes the Good Sensory Spelling Assessment - a downloadable evaluation that provides a menu of instructional approaches and materials that can help tutors, learning specialists and educational therapists meet the individual needs of struggling spellers. What's more, a downloadable companion journal also offers additional resources and links. I created this course especially for my audience, as this was the most requested topic.

This comprehensive course Includes:

  • Two instructional videos
    • Evaluating the Cause
    • Defining the Solution
  • Two downloadable documents
    • Good Sensory Learning Spelling Assessment
      • Offers a student assessment
      • Presents remedial suggestions
    • Companion Journal to Spelling Instruction
      • Offers a term dictionary
      • Reviews the Orton-Gillingham approach
      • Presents a table of Orton-Gillingham based programs
      • Provides a listing of helpful assistive technology suggestions

This is an evergreen course, so I will continue to make changes and additions. What’s more, you will always have lifetime access to the content.

Cheers, Erica

Dr. Erica Warren
Dr. Erica Warren
Learning Specialist, Educational Therapist, Author of Educational Materials and Course Creator

My work experience


For the past 20 years, I have conducted teacher training in private and public schools as well as colleges. I have also run two college programs for students with learning disabilities and opened my own private practice, Learning to Learn. At present, I devote most of my time to creating educational materials and working with students on an individualized basis as a “personal trainer for the brain.” I don’t have a program, instead I create a unique, multisensory plan for each learner designed to maximize potential and remediate areas of weakness. I love to find the best assistive technology and online resources for my students so they can quickly gain independence. Learning games that ignite joyful learning, compensatory learning strategies, executive functioning coaching, mindful and critical thinking, strengthening of cognitive weaknesses as well as remedial reading, writing and math methods are common aims. I founded Learning to Learn in 1999. 

I have had a private practice for close to 20 years now, and although I have extensive training in special education, educational psychology, school psychology, and adult education, I would have to say that 90 percent of what I do I learned after completing a masters and close to two doctorates. It's a good thing that I'm passionate about learning and continuing my education through trial and error, workshops, reading books, and online resources! Even today, I'm dabbling in at least 10 courses so I can stay on top of the best tools, technology, and resources. 

Why did I become a learning specialist and educational therapist? 

Aspiring to empower “out of the box” learners, I created a degree program that united coursework and research in School Psychology, Special Education, Psychology, and Adult Education. With a full assistantship at the UGA Learning Disability Center in assessment, I pursued a doctorate that focused on life-long issues in learning, special education, the impact of learning difficulties across the lifespan, and comprehensive diagnostic evaluations. In addition, I earned a full assistantship with the National Science Foundation while working towards a Masters degree in Educational Psychology. Finally, I often refer to my bachelor’s degree in fine arts, as my secret weapon as it brings joy, color and creativity into my sessions. 

A little bit about my educational materials at Good Sensory Learning

I quickly learned that materials for learning specialists and educational therapists were scarce. What’s more, many of the resources were dull and boring. When I began to create my own multisensory, mindful and fun materials, my students experienced huge gains and teacher’s were continually asking about my methods and materials. As a result, I created 

Dr. Erica Warren, Educational Therapist, Author, and Artist. 

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Course Curriculum

Instructional Video #1: Evaluating the Cause
16:51
Instructional Video #1: Evaluating the Cause
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Instructional Video #2 Defining the Solution
32:24
Instructional Video #2: Defining the Solution
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The Good Sensory Learning Spelling Assessment
Good Sensory Learning Spelling Assessment
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Companion Publication to Spelling Instruction: Assessment and Remedial Approach
Companion Journal to Spelling Instruction: Assessment and Remedial Approach
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Reviews (2)

Packed with Information and Real World Strategies that WORK!

by Nancy Dawud
This was a fantastic course for me...working with typical and identified LD learners facing spelling, writing and reading challenges, I found that the most difficult aspect to navigate easily was spelling. The kiddos hated practicing their spelling, so many of them couldn't find a way to make the words "stick". This course helps me identify the likely cause of the spelling problem for each individual student, and HOW BEST TO ADDRESS IT. While it's obvious she knows what she's doing, Erica presents the material in a very accessible way, and the Spelling Assessment, supporting documents and list of resources is incredible. Thank you, Erica! You've brought FUN to spelling for the kids who hated spelling. Success.

This course taught me exactly what the title says.....how to assess why children have spelling problems...and then...directs you to a specific course of remediation for those children

by Kim Springveldt
I found myself drowning in unrecognisable spelling problems as our school year began (In South Africa our school year starts in January). It appeared that half of my special needs class were on the dyslexic spectrum ...all manifesting weird and wonderful ways of spelling...what I thought...the most obvious words. I wanted to laugh and cry...and eventually headed over to Mr Google who directed me to this amazing course. Since studying this course I have been able to identify the type of dyslexia each child has, as well as learn methods of dealing with each type of dyslexia. I feel so empowered and grateful that I can now tune into how their little minds work...and can actually see progress in their spelling and reading. Thank you Erica for sharing your knowledge and insights #forevergrateful

Packed with Information and Real World Strategies that WORK!

by Nancy Dawud
This was a fantastic course for me...working with typical and identified LD learners facing spelling, writing and reading challenges, I found that the most difficult aspect to navigate easily was spelling. The kiddos hated practicing their spelling, so many of them couldn't find a way to make the words "stick". This course helps me identify the likely cause of the spelling problem for each individual student, and HOW BEST TO ADDRESS IT. While it's obvious she knows what she's doing, Erica presents the material in a very accessible way, and the Spelling Assessment, supporting documents and list of resources is incredible. Thank you, Erica! You've brought FUN to spelling for the kids who hated spelling. Success.

This course taught me exactly what the title says.....how to assess why children have spelling problems...and then...directs you to a specific course of remediation for those children

by Kim Springveldt
I found myself drowning in unrecognisable spelling problems as our school year began (In South Africa our school year starts in January). It appeared that half of my special needs class were on the dyslexic spectrum ...all manifesting weird and wonderful ways of spelling...what I thought...the most obvious words. I wanted to laugh and cry...and eventually headed over to Mr Google who directed me to this amazing course. Since studying this course I have been able to identify the type of dyslexia each child has, as well as learn methods of dealing with each type of dyslexia. I feel so empowered and grateful that I can now tune into how their little minds work...and can actually see progress in their spelling and reading. Thank you Erica for sharing your knowledge and insights #forevergrateful