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Welcome to the personal brain trainer podcast. I’m Dr. Erica Warren and I’m Darius Namdaran and we are your hosts. Join us on an adventure to translate the scientific jargon and brain research into simple metaphors and stories for everyday life. We explore executive function and learning strategies that help turbocharge the mind. Come learn how to steer around invisible barriers so that you can achieve your goals. This podcast is ideal for parents, educators, and learners of all ages.
 
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Dr. Erica Warren @ Good Sensory Learning

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The Go Dyslexia podcast features discussions with dyslexia experts from around the globe on topics such as assistive technology, entrepreneurship, learning strategies, and cognitive remedial tools. Now, therapists, teachers, parents, and individuals with dyslexia can get advice, strategies, material suggestions and more.
 
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This episode explores the impact COVID can have on Executive functions. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), continued long term physical and cognitive symptoms may impact as many as 1 in 5 adult survivors of the illness. Study 1: The Lancet reported on a study: “Cognitive deficits in people that have recovered fr…
 
In this episode, Darius and Erica discuss the relationship between goals to executive functioning and how to make and execute them. We all know the importance of setting goals, but it would be intriguing and meaningful to see how our EF skills can help us or hinder us in making or achieving goals. Working Memory How can working memory affect goal s…
 
Darius and Erica discuss how creating a mindful daily practice can rewire subconscious patterns that aren't serving us. What is the subconscious? The subconscious is part of your mind that notices and remembers information when you are not actively trying to do so and influences your behavior even though you do not realize it. Sub-conscious - below…
 
Do you consider yourself a visual thinker? When Temple was interviewing people about how they think, she was shocked to know that some people are not thinking in pictures. She thought everybody thinks in pictures.I got the honour to talk to Temple Grandin, who is an autistic author, professor, inventor, and many more. She did not talk until she was…
 
In this episode, Erica and Darius discuss how executive functioning training can provide the tools for us to drop into our best selves. What is the best self? - Proud of who you are and your accomplishments. - Sense of inner peace - Able to walk through life with a sense of intention and grace. Becoming your best self involves - taking care of ones…
 
I had an interesting conversation with one of the ambassadors for the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) about his start-up business journey and how dyslexia somewhat paved the way for creating a sustainable clothing company.As a leader in the dyslexia community, Jake seeks to challenge people's notions about dyslexia and enable neurodivergent indi…
 
In this episode, Darius and Erica reflect upon the executive functioning lessons from Darius’ dingy sailing expedition from Ireland to Scotland. They use the metaphor of sailing a dingy to understand executive functioning skills and talk about key concepts. Topics covered: - Domino decisions - finding those small things that can lead to disaster - …
 
If you’ve ever tried teaching your child to read, you’ll know that it's not as easy as it looks, especially for a child with a learning difference. I had a great conversation with Nora Chahbazi, the founder of Evidence-Based Literacy Instruction or EBLI. She has been training and coaching teachers, parents, and educators for over 20 years to help t…
 
In this episode, Darius Namdaran and Dr. Erica Warren discuss how one’s executive function difficulties can affect an individual in the workplace. If who think differently, or experience symptoms of dyslexia or ADHD, this episode offers many tips and tricks. The discussion centers around how to “show up, prepare, contribute, and collaborate." How t…
 
In this episode, Darius and Erica discuss the importance of parental support for children with executive functioning problems. General executive functioning support: - Set an example - Be structured and organized - Plan for events - Be on time - Think aloud - Share your own strategies - Help your kids define and use their own strategies - Find an e…
 
Do you constantly receive ideas and inspiration from various sources? Do you start countless hobbies or artistic pursuits with crazy ideas on a whim? You might be hypercreative. I had a very interesting conversation with Karen Daniels about hypercreativity. Karen has a Masters's degree in Education Psychology. She has also written 9 books of both f…
 
In this episode, Darius and Erica share some personal life hacks, tools, and technology for managing cognitive flexibility. How cognitive flexibility works - Managing different rules for different situations - Realizing diverse perspectives - Shifting from one task to another Personal executive function hacks - Find joy and excitement in new learni…
 
In this episode, Darius and Erica share thoughts on the online, video-communications tool, Zoom. The discussion focuses on how Zoom can be used to support and assist our executive functioning. Discussion: - Visual features: background blurring, visual composition, gallery vs individual view - Auditory features: sound quality, headphone - Tools: ann…
 
In this episode, Darius and Erica share some personal life hacks, tools, and technology to develop inhibitory control skills. - how inhibitory control works - personal executive function hacks - Time blocking - Calendars - Reminders - Managing your environment - physical - visual - desk position - Lighting - Clothing - uniform - shoes - glasses - S…
 
This week, I had an interesting conversation with Sanjay Kapoor, a director for proposals for a huge company in the US. He just recently discovered that he has dyslexia and ADHD by looking at materials from Made by Dyslexia and other dyslexia organizations. He also listened to several podcasts where he found us and reached out to us. Listen to the …
 
In this episode, Darius and Erica share some personal life hacks, tools and technology to maximize your working memory. - Darius and Ericas’ personal executive function hacks - What is working memory? - Visualization, visual-spatial, and inner voice - using the tools of working memory - Working memory and memory strategies - Technology tools and te…
 
In this episode, Erica and Darius discuss the symptoms of ADHD from both the UK and US perspective. They also discuss how this relates to executive functioning and other diagnoses such as dyslexia. Finally, they address how to acquire a diagnosis, as well as some solutions to ADHD. Here is a combined symptoms list as defined by the United Kingdom N…
 
Auditory processing is a cognitive skill that allows us to interpret and find meaning from sounds in our environment. In other words, it is how we make sense of what we hear. In this podcast, we will review ten types of auditory processing and will discuss the importance of each skill for early literacy and learning at large. What does this have to…
 
Last week (Episode 18) we talked about a number of cognitive areas that work in tandem with visual processing. In this episode, we discuss vision problems and their impact on learning. Vision Problems: Importance of vision screening (must rule out before testing) Symptoms - Frequent headaches or eyestrain - Blurring of vision (near or far) - Avoida…
 
I talked to Alan Thornburrow, the CEO of Salvesen Mindroom Centre and a parent of children with dyslexia. Salvesen Mindroom Centre or SMC has been working with dyslexia and neurodiversity for over 21 years and is continuously supporting people living with learning differences.Alan Thornburrow disengaged from school at 16. He struggled to find his p…
 
Last week (Episode 17) we talked about visual processing. In this episode, we discuss a number of cognitive areas that work in tandem with visual processing. Additionally, we discuss a variety of resources that can be used to enhance these cognitive skills. Related Areas that Work with Visual Processing 1. Visual Processing Speed: processing visual…
 
Visual processing is a cognitive skill that allows us to interpret and find meaning from visual images. In other words, it is how we make sense of what we see.Visual processing is vital because it plays a key role in learning visual information from our environment. It is a fundamental skill for reading, math, and spelling.Visual processing involve…
 
In this episode, we explore the connection between working memory and long-term memory. Darius shares his experience in dyslexia and executive functioning master class with Dr Neil Mackay and others. We discuss the application of memory strategies, effortful mental transformation, and active processing to improve learning. We covered the following …
 
In this episode, we discuss learned helplessness and its impact on learning. We also address strategies that can help students move through learned helplessness and embrace learning. - Learned helplessness happens when people or animals become conditioned to believe that a bad situation is unchangeable or inescapable. - Learned helplessness occurs …
 
This week I had an interesting conversation with R.S. Mellette, a scriptwriter and author with dyslexia. He was the script coordinator for Xena the Warrior Princess, Nutty Professor 2 and Blue Crush. Mellette has also worked and blogged for the film festival Dances With Films as well as the novelist collective, From The Write Angle, and he is on th…
 
In this episode, we discuss how we teach writing skills to our own students as well as a number of valuable tools that can make the process fun and memorable. We covered the following topics: - Common ways to teaching writing to students - Writer’s block or writer’s bottleneck - Visual Organizer (The Story Star Method) - Writing Games at Good Senso…
 
In this episode, we talk about motivation as a fire that is inside the child and it's up to us to ignite the fire and keep it burning. We also talked about how to properly praise a child through and the use of non-violent communication. We covered the following topics: - How to motivate children from different perspectives: teachers, parents and st…
 
In this episode, we discussed the overlap between executive function difficulties, dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning difficulties. We covered the following topics: - Executive Functioning: - Working Memory: Intentionally pulling, manipulating, storing information - Inhibitory Control: Inhibit or block distractions - Cognitive Flexibility: Shift fr…
 
In this episode, we discuss a number of ways we teach executive functioning skills in our own practices. We covered the following topics: - Executive Functioning and Study Skills Course by Erica - Master Mentality vs Coping Mentality Master Mentality- People who easily learn content don’t always make good teachers Coping Mentality- People who strug…
 
Creating a daily routine is a way to take care of yourself, present your best self to others, and reach your ultimate goals. It also establishes priorities, limits procrastination, provides a structure that builds positive habits and can generate momentum that will carry you on the days when you are feeling rather apathetic and unmotivated. When we…
 
This week, I sat down with not just one but two educational diagnosticians. Dr. Abbey Weinstein and Lauri Peterson assess people with specific learning difficulties in the US. As of today, they have tested more than 1200 people with SPLD both adult and children. Combined, they have over 40 years of experience in identifying people with dyslexia and…
 
In this episode, we discuss 12 strategies that can be used to improve executive functions. We organized the discussion under four main headings: Routines and Approaches: 1) Maintaining a structured daily routine 2) Using planners and PDAs 3) Developing study skills and strategies (spaced repetition, memory strategies, developing working memory, doi…
 
Cheryl Isaacs is a Chartered/Registered Occupational Psychologist, Author and accredited Executive Coach with over 20 years of experience within the areas of neurodiversity assessment, cognitive ability and attainment assessment, workplace behavioural training and psychometric profiling. To date, Cheryl has worked with over five thousand clients.Ch…
 
Higher-Level Executive Functions unite working memory, inhibitory control, and cognitive flexibility. Like a sound engineer in a recording studio, we can mindfully arrange, balance and adjust our mental input or perceptions into a composition. It requires a concert of reasoning, creativity, planning, pattern recognition, timing and sequencing skill…
 
This week, I sat down with Avi Warshavsky, the Founder and CEO of MindCET. They gather groups of entrepreneurs in an incubator environment and help them establish their businesses. He’s also the founder of Global Education Technology Startups Awards or GESAwards, one of the biggest awarding bodies for Ed-Tech Startups in the world. He is also the f…
 
Cognitive flexibility is part of executive functioning that helps us switch gears to changing demands, priorities and perspectives. It also helps us to consider different rules for different situations, opens pathways to creative thinking, and allows us to update goals so we can achieve them. In a nutshell: Cognitive flexibility is a critical skill…
 
Inhibitory Control - Inhibitory control, also known as response inhibition, is an executive function – that permits an individual to inhibit their impulses and habitual behavioral responses in order to select a more appropriate behavior that is consistent with completing a task or goal. Ability to block distractions - Editing your moment - MUTE Lin…
 
Ash Voisine was a business and entrepreneurship graduate but when a teacher of her child admitted that they can’t help the child, she decided to homeschool her kids. She looked for other ways to teach with programs like the Orton-Gillingham system. She’s now finishing her master’s degree in special education. This week, we talked to Ash Voisine abo…
 
Executive functioning conducts our multisensory symphony of cognitive skills and makes it possible for us to - mentally juggle ideas - think before we act - meet unanticipated challenges - resist temptations - stay focused - initiate tasks to name a few. Today, we will offer an overview of the core executive functioning skills. 3 Core Executive Fun…
 
Children with dyslexia often have brilliant and incredible stories to share in their heads but always struggle to get them out and put them into words. A lot of the time, their imagination and creativity go beyond what was required in the question and they get so overwhelmed halfway that they ended up leaving it unfinished. Going off-topic is a com…
 
I am thrilled to be speaking with Dr. Pete Bowers a researcher and literacy consultant. Pete educates teachers, practitioners, and students around the globe with understanding the spelling-meaning connection of the English language through the approach of scientific inquiry. He calls this instructional approach, "structured word inquiry." Watch thi…
 
Working memory is a complex cognitive skill that enables learners to hold pieces of information in the mind and manipulate them. It is often described as a mental workspace that helps individuals manage their memories, stay focused, block distractions, and stay abreast of their surroundings. Alan Baddeley's theory: - Sensory Input and Memory enable…
 
This week, we had a lovely conversation with Katrina Cochrane, the head of education and policy for the British Dyslexia Association. Katrina has had a wide range of knowledge regarding dyslexia for the past few decades but we focused on what’s happening with dyslexia in the workplace. As dyspraxic herself, Katrina was exposed to the struggles and …
 
Automaticity is the ability to complete tasks without occupying the conscious mind. These tasks become an automatic, unconscious response pattern or habit. This episode reveals the benefits of automaticity for learning and the steps required to achieve this goal. Steps of automaticity: Make a conscious choice to acquire a habit. Focus all your atte…
 
This episode continues our discussion on the mind’s eye and goes into ways we can exercise and improve one’s visualization capacity. We discuss the 10 visualization skills as defined by Aristotle, an ancient Greek philosopher. We will also teach you a game you can play with others to improve this needed skill. Links for reference of the topic: - Vi…
 
I am thrilled to feature Sharon J. Bainbridge a dyslexia expert and advocate. Sharon is dyslexic, and when the school system didn’t teach her to read, she found her own way to master reading and writing. Later when her daughter, Melody, experienced similar learning challenges, Sharon knew she was dyslexic too and homeschooled her. Due to her creati…
 
Visualization is the ability to create mental images within one’s mind. These imaginary pictures or mind movies enable us to see experiences from the past, conjure up ideas in the present, or even project visuals into the future. In our first podcast, we reviewed how visualization can improve memory, make books and other academic classes come alive…
 
Hear about the genesis and purpose of this podcast, as well as background information about the hosts. Join us on an adventure to translate scientific jargon and brain research into simple metaphors and stories. We explore topics that will help you turbocharge your mind and steer around the invisible barriers so that you can achieve your goals. Lin…
 
Dyslexia Episode 11: Tips for Empowering Readers with Dyslexia with Emily Gibbons I am so pleased to feature Emily Gibbons a certified dyslexia practitioner and author. Emily works one-on-one with students, writes educational resources for early literacy and dyslexia, and runs an annual, virtual conference called Building Readers for Life. You can …
 
This week, I have invited Lois Letchford, a returning guest here in Dyslexia Explored, to talk about her recently published research paper through the International Literacy Association titled “Moving beyond Decoding: Teaching Pronoun Resolution to Develop Reading Comprehension”. In her paper, Lois Letchford and her co-author, Timothy Rasinski, ide…
 
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