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Tactile Aids for Mathematics

August 5, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am EDT

Description:   According to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, all students need meaningful mathematics with appropriate tools. The acquisition of mathematical skills can be more difficult for students with visual impairments due to the abstract nature of many essential concepts and the highly visual presentation of the subject (Kapperman, Heinze, & Sticken, 2000). It is particularly important for students with visual impairments to be exposed to the use of multiple mathematics strategies and tools, including use of the abacus, compass, protractor, algebra tiles, and spatial reasoning devices. This webinar will explore a variety of adapted mathematics tools and their use.

Instructor:  Leanne Grillot, National Director of Outreach Services  at APH

Primary Core or ECC Area:  Mathematics, compensatory skills

Target Audience:  Teachers of students with visual impairments, teachers of mathematics, paraprofessionals, parents

Pre-requisite knowledge:   An understanding of mathematics taught to school-age students

Lesson Plan Goal:  Learn how to use the variety of adapted mathematics tools available for use with students with visual impairments. 

Learning Objectives:   Participants will identify seven adapted mathematic tools for use with individuals with visual impairments; Participants will differentiate adapted tools paired with various mathematic concepts; Participants will describe techniques for modifying instructional methods in mathematics for individuals with visual impairments.

Materials Needed:  None. The following items will be discussed: Tactile Compass for Math and Art, Tactile Algebra Tiles, Tactile Doodle, Geometros, Tactile Tangrams, Graphic Aid for Mathematics

Collect CEUs: CEUs are only available for the live presentation at this time. To collect CEUs, please listen for the opening and closing codes during the live session and send these, along with your first and last name, to outreach@aph.org and a certificate will be emailed to you the following week.


August 5, 2020
9:00 am - 11:30 am EDT