I have found after working many years in the field of disabilities that often one disability may have several things in common with another disability. Take Down Syndrome and Autism for example. Students with both disabilities benefit from physical structure in the classroom, visual schedules, and sensory stimulation. In both disabilities, students have difficulty following directions and can have meltdowns due to poor communication skills. You can apply many strategies that will work for both kinds of students. That, of course, is awesome.
When you take a closer look, you will also find that one size does not fit all when it comes to some specific ways to teach. When working with students with Down Syndrome, you need to keep in mind limitations that are mostly associated with DS. For example, many students with DS have issues with short- term memory, therefore, teaching math or reading to these students requires us to address ways to get information from the short term memory to long term memory.
In today’s video, I am highlighting a resource that can help you tackle teaching math to children with DS.
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Speaking of DS, I’m working on a webinar for Down Syndrome this summer and will offer it soon so stay tuned!
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