22q Deletion in the Classroom: Math
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What You Need To Know
Individuals with 22q deletion syndrome may have significant visuospatial dysfunction, diminished math attainment, and executive dysfunction.
- Deficits may be seen in areas of nonverbal processing, visual-spatial skills, complex verbal memory, attention, working memory, visual-spatial memory, and mathematics.
- Math learning difficulties in 22q deletion include difficulties in understanding and representing quantities and in accessing the numerical meaning from symbolic digits.
- Individuals may show adequate fact retrieval while development of procedural strategies appears to be delayed.
- Word problems may be a significant area of weakness. They are challenging due to their procedural nature and difficulty in reading comprehension.
Interventions for learning math
- Provide a template for complex or multistep problems; break down the steps
- Help teach the concepts of numeracy and the associations between numbers and quantities. For example using a board game in which the playing pieces are moved around a board.
- Line up the numbers for calculations
- Use active learning to teach concepts, such as baking or cooking to teach fractions
- Help the child learn to apply the information in new circumstances
This information is provided by GEMSS -Genetics Education Materials for School Success: The New England Genetics Collaborative is funded by Cooperative Agreement No. U22MC10980 between the University of New Hampshire and the Health Resources and Services Administration/ Maternal and Child Health Bureau/DSCSHN Genetic Services Branch. To vistit the GEMMS website CLICK HERE