- September 21, 2017 at 9:21 PM #33890
I am currently working with a child who suffered severe brain trauma as an infant. While he is picking up reading fairly well, math does not seem to be making much sense. I’m interested in knowing what options (curriculum, aids, tips, tricks, etc.) are out there for special needs math students. Does anyone have an experience to share?
- September 22, 2017 at 4:19 PM #33908
I’m afraid I don’t have anything to offer, but I’m glad to see that you’ve identified the issue and are tackling it early. I have a high school student—an intelligent, hard-working student—who really struggles with mathematical thinking. Based on his transcripts (he transferred from another school a couple years ago) it seems like he was pushed along through the elementary grades without really having his math struggles addressed. It’s hard to know what to do about it at this late stage.
- September 26, 2017 at 8:44 AM #36134
A bewildering array of options are “out there,” and many can prove quite helpful, mostly depending on the teacher’s “ownership” of the approach and level of engagement with the struggling student. One that’s been on the market for years and seems to be favored by many is the basic Math-It by Elmer Brooks. Also offered is a pre-Math-It and an advanced level. It’s available at various sites on the cloud.
- October 13, 2017 at 3:36 PM #38093
At Shalom we have a handful of students with significant math learning disabilities and they are using the Semple Math program as recommended by Lynell Nissley. It is an alternative math curriculum that would need to be taught by a tutor. I have not taught it myself, but it gives a completely different way of thinking about numbers and I believe has been successful in helping these particular students make progress.
- October 15, 2017 at 5:08 PM #38106
I too thought of Semple Math as an option. One summer I used it to tutor a struggling student from town and found that it worked well with the student, but beyond that helped train me to think in terms of how to make math facts (or parts of other subjects) more memorable. Later I heard that Faith Mission has used that at their school with the handicapped children. I would not see it as a “complete” program, but a great option for the basic math skills.
- October 16, 2017 at 6:59 AM #38110
- October 16, 2017 at 7:35 PM #38131
Thanks for the information. I am familiar with Semple Math having used it a good many years ago. I wasn’t sure if that was the direction we wanted to go or not. I appreciate seeing the other options also. At this point we are still working with CLE’s first grade math and adapting for his needs. His whole academic experience is an experiment in process at the moment.
- October 19, 2017 at 7:56 PM #38263
Touch Math is another curriculum that may be helpful. It combines some visual and movement activities to help a child understand basic math facts.
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