WHY TEACH TOUCHMATH TO STUDENTS
WITH AN AUTISTIC SPECTRUM DISORDER?
Suppose there was a math program that generated outstanding results for students with an autistic spectrum disorder? What if the method was easy for teachers, tutors and parents to learn and teach?
A recent autism prevalence report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in every 88 American children have been diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder. Among these is 13-year-old Graham Mongin. After years of frustration, Graham found success with TouchMath. He made the critical connection between numerals and quantities. Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division quickly followed. "TouchMath gave Graham something that had been missing," commented his mom. "It gave him an opportunity to improve."
Help students connect numerals with the quantities they represent.
Students diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder vary greatly in their ability to comprehend math. In many instances, these children are able to count objects or repeat the names of numerals. However, they may have difficulty grasping that a numeral is a symbol associated with a specific quantity. For example, the numeral 5 may represent five pennies, five pencils, five fingers, etc. To convey this fundamental principle, TouchMath places pictures of familiar objects or our signature TouchPoints on the numerals.
TouchPoints are mental manipulatives.
Our unique TouchPoints make it possible for people with disabilities to perform math functions essential for daily living and for academic accomplishment.
TouchMath is meticulously designed to introduce information in a sequential, scaffolded process. Step by careful step, students progress to more complex math skills at their own pace. They experience a personal sense of accomplishment and positive reinforcement from teachers and parents.
A student with an autistic spectrum disorder can be overwhelmed by a worksheet overloaded with math equations. Our pages are uncluttered, present a manageable number of problems, use large print and provide plenty of workspace.
Beginning with first-grade materials, we introduce visual cues that help with left/right directionality, reduce number reversals and reinforce place value.
Complete Programs: All of the materials you need for a specific grade level are packaged together in these value-packed, convenient collections. If you are uncertain about which grade-level materials best match your student’s ability level, find more information and download samples by clicking on the links below.
The Teacher Training Program includes an updated Teacher Training Manual with expanded content and teaching tips, along with a brand-new comprehensive DVD that works in unison with the manual. The new DVD features:
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