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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, Cheryl

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