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teaching math to NVLD students

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Joined: Mar 21, 2008
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Posted Mar 22, 2008 at 6:58:11 AM
Subject: teaching math to NVLD students

I am a college student recently diagnosed with Nonverbal Learning Disorder. What strategies have you found that work to teach NVLD students math? Right now I am struggling with (failing) any class and/or assignment that has to use math. Do talking calculators help your students? I can do the problems 50% of the time when I am talking to somebody else and telling them what to do. On my own, I am successful maybe 5-10% of the time. Any advice or links would be greatly appreciated!

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Posted:Mar 24, 2008 6:30:20 PM

With the diagnosis, you may be able to get an accommodation so that you can take tests where you can talk to yourself and talk through the problems. Of course, you need to get better than 50%, too - but probably not in the classes that only have a bit of math.
I work in a college tutoring students in math. We have many options to help students not just get through the math courses but actually learn the math, including slower-paced options.
Making the math verbal - having stories to explain the rules - can be a big help. A lot depends on what kind of math you're trying to learn and do.
My site is at www.resourceroom.net but I'm not sure there is anything there specifically about NVLD and math, though some of the strategies I've got on there might help.

Sue J, webmastress www.resourceroom.net

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