Academic Programs for Specific Learning Styles:
For very visual people (particularly, but not exclusively, for those in the autistic spectrum), we recommend the book and the program by Cheri Florance PhD (in NY) and Marin Gazzaniga Maverick Mind. See Dr. Florances’ website or call 866-865-9820. Dr. Florances’ program is delivered over the internet for your convenience.
For very visual or ‘hands-on’ learners, get an iPod, and get books on tape from www.iTunes.com or www.audible.com (You can adjust the speed). You might try downloading the audio version of textbooks from the publisher’s website. The publishers are required to provide audio versions. See Assistive Technology for more sources for books on tape.
The “Visualizing and Verbalizing®” program by Linda Mood-Bell can sometimes help produce a dramatic change in some cases.
It can provide help for learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, language comprehension, phonemic awareness, critical thinking, reading, spelling, writing. This program can enable many students to read material and comprehend it more than just recall. The student can generalize to the main idea, and express it clearly. For more information contact Linda Mood Bell or Gander Publishing or Princeton Speech-Language Center
See Alpha Omega Publications for textbooks for highly visual people, for levels K-12, including LIFEPAC programs for all subjects, including ‘Consumer Math’. 1-800-622-3070.
Educational videos such as Accelerated Math Videos which is available at the elementary, middle, and high school level, are also enjoyed by very visual and kinesthetic (hands-on) kids.
Resource for math: Making Math Real from Berkeley. They explicitly teach math concepts. The Hot Math System is fun for younger people or the young at heart. The Saxon Math program is one of the most effective kinesthetic and hands on programs available.
For Younger Children with difficulties with Math:
Math may have to be acquired by hands-on activities. (e.g. count, sort and align).
We need to practice concepts with time. Wall Clock. How many more minutes until it’s five a clock.
May need an analog watch. Would probably benefit from timed tasks (e.g. Can you do it under 10 minutes?)
Dominoes. Measuring stuff. How big is the room? Etc.
Working Puzzles and Tangram. Manipulative 3D objects. Dominoes are great.
Logical Journey of the Zoombinis. Math Blaster series (The Great Brain Robbery)
Carmen Santiago Math