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Cognition, Language, and the Acquisition of Math Competency


Cognition, Language, and the Acquisition of Math Competency

Learning math can be challenging, especially for students who have specific learning disabilities.  Language skills, executive functioning, motor planning, and math-specific visual processing skills all play a role in acquiring math competency.  Specific deficits and their resulting impact will be explored. Learning and memory research tells us that multisensory integration is absolutely vital for children who have learning difficulties, as well as the best way to teach all students. Methods will be presented that use minimum language demands and whole-to-part, multimodal strategies to help students express, relate, store, and retrieve information efficiently.


Learning Outcomes: As a result of participating in this presentation, participants will be able to:

• identify prescriptive therapies that are presented within a case study video.

• create a Woodin Ladder Chart to produce accurate multiples of a given factor.

• demonstrate the ability to add single-digit quantities without counting.





View Related Links and Download Course Materials Below:

For a preview of some of the information that will be presented, explore the related interactive article on Yale's Center for Dyslexia and Creativity: 

Read this online article that includes information and examples (including video!) of how to understand then support struggling math learners through diagnostic and prescriptive teaching. 

Read the entire articleDemystifying Math Struggles and Identifying Strategies to Help

 Decoding Drake's Dream | Ed Magazine - Harvard Graduate School of Education


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 Chris Woodin/ WoodinMath/Landmark School. 
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Course Materials for Download or Reference

• Powerpoint Presentation Slides updated 7.18

• Presentation Production Pages 7. 2018


Shisa Kanko: "Point and Call" Strategies Explained


Gross Motor Strategies in Action



Watch this movie which describes the benefit of learning through alternative modalities. 

 It is called The Writer Who Couldn't Read from NPR.



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