Cultivating Happy Math Memories

“I hate math!” This definitive, yet all too common statement resonated through the Tuttle house each and every time Emma began her daily lesson in mathematics. Emma is the last of four children to be schooled by her mother, Donna, in their Central Connecticut home. She is 14 years old, and as a child with Down Syndrome, math has not come easy for her.

Emma is bright and talented, there has never been a question about that. And despite all of her struggles with math, it turns out she just needed the right method to begin to turn the corner.

Extensive research on her quest to find the best learning techniques for her daughter always brought Donna to the same place. “All the books recommend using a calculator when teaching math to a child with Down Syndrome,” she says. “I have always been opposed to that but came to a point where I was ready to simply hand her a calculator and stop trying.”

What Donna then discovered has forever changed Emma’s outlook on math. TouchMath proved that a calculator wouldn’t be necessary, and implementation of the program soon fostered success-driven confidence that has opened new doors for the Tuttle family.

“A Down Syndrome child is far from unintelligent but you need to find out what works and take the time the child needs to learn the concept,” says Donna. “With TouchMath, Emma has easily memorized all the TouchPoints, and we have worked through addition and subtraction, and are currently progressing through multiplication.”

TouchMath offers a different, more accessible way to learn math. The multisensory, step-by-step approach is proven to raise test scores. But perhaps more important than all of those facts, is that it helps to ease the burden felt by so many as they struggle with a subject they simply cannot grasp. And as an extension of easing that burden so many students feel comes a newfound belief in their abilities –– cultivating happy moments and a desire for continued learning.

Emma may not grow up to be a mathematician. She may not ever truly “love” math, and the calculator may always be close by. For now, though, a subject that once brought tremendous anxiety and animosity is producing comfort, encouragement, and big smiles.

“Now Emma is far more confident and less anxious about doing her math worksheets. As a matter of fact, she whips through some of them pretty quickly! TouchMath has provided Emma a path toward greater independence in doing her work,” proudly concludes Donna.

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