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Functional, life math skills for autistic teenager

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From: Cheryl <chejem@aol.com>
To: Teacher2Teacher Service
Date: Oct 30, 1998 at 10:12:36
Subject: Functional, life math skills for autistic teenager

My daughter, Virginia,  is a beautiful, friendly 15-year old who has high
functioning autism. Math is her biggest academic challenge. She is integrated
into an eighth grade program where she has a full-time aide. Virginia's math
teacher admitted that she does not teach Virginia because her math skills are
so far below the class. Virginia is still trying to master time and addition
and subtraction. Currently, school personnel find various worksheets that
seem appropriate and Virginia and the aide work on them quietly in the back
of the room.

I want a carefully prescribed math program for Virginia that focuses on
functional, life skills. Is there any source that outlines what those life
skills may be and offers suggestions for a curriculum that might enable
Virginia to master those skills.

Please help.
Thank you,

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