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Teaching Math to People with Down Syndrome and Other Hands-On Learners
Book 1

Basic Survival Skills
DeAnna Horstmeier, Ph.D.


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isbn 978-1-890627-42-3
8 1/2" x 11"
400 pages
50 Photos & Illustrations
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About the Author

DeAnna Horstmeier has been an educator for thirty years. Currently, she is an Instructional Resources Consultant at a special education regional resource center in Columbus, Ohio, where she assists parents and educators with teaching strategies and materials for their students. In addition, she has taught special education and speech, language and communication at the Ohio State University. She is the co-author of Ready, Set, Go? Talk to Me: A Handbook for the Teaching of Prelanguage and Early Language Skills Designed for Parents and Professionals, as well as a contributor to other professional publications.

Teaching Math to People with Down Syndrome, Book 1 is an essential guide that parents and educators can use to teach meaningful math to students--with and without learning problems--who struggle with understanding computation, number concepts, and when and how to use these skills.

The author, an experienced educator, was inspired to write Teaching Math to meet the needs of hands-on learners after observing the difficulty her adult son with Down syndrome and his peers had in applying math skills to everyday life.

For years, the math program explained in Teaching Math has been successfully used with preschoolers, children, and adults with Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, and other cognitive disabilities. Its success lies in capitalizing on the visual learning strengths of these concrete learners and using manipulatives, games, and activities to teach and maintain motivation. A key feature of this method is the early introduction of the calculator, which allows students to progress in their understanding of math without having to memorize math facts. This book can be used to help students learn the critical math survival skills needed for living independently or help students in their math curricula at school.

Book 1 covers introductory math skills typically taught in preschool or elementary school, but which many older students still need help with, including:

  • Number sense
  • Recognizing & writing numerals
  • Time
  • Calculator skills
  • Counting
  • Measurements
  • Addition
  • Place value
  • Shapes
  • Subtraction
  • Money
Teaching Math gives parents and teachers high-interest, hands-on strategies and ideas for teaching math to learners of all ages.

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