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General help for a child with Learning Disabilities

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From: Judy (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Jul 05, 1998 at 14:50:40
Subject: Re: General help for a child with Learning Disabilities

Judy, I know how frustrating it must be for you and your son. I really feel for you. Since you have computer access have you tried some of the many software programs that focus on basic facts in a game format. Boys especially seem to do well with this format as it seems more like playing "Nintendo" than practicing math facts. Math Blaster has many different levels and has an appealing format for teens. There are many others available as well. Using the game format may take the pressure off as the fun of the game takes over. Another trick I used with my son was to make cookies (plain sugar cookies or peanut butter) and decorate the top with mini-M&Ms or mini-chips doing the decorating in patterns. Let him see that 4 rows of 5 chips equals 20 chips just as 5 rows of 4 chips does on the next cookie. Make several cookies with the partnered facts on them. Bake them and let them cool. Let him read the "fact" on the cookies. If he can find the partners, he gets the cookies as a treat. I used the Slice and Bake cookies so I only did a few at a time so not as to overwhelm the mind or the stomach. Good luck -Judy, for the Teacher2Teacher service

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