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Instructional Strategies for Teaching Mathematics to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students with Disabilities by Barbara Acosta Elementary and Middle Schools Technical Assistance Center (EMSTAC)

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Three Strikes Against Them -- or Special Abilities? “These kids are poor, they don’t speak English, and they’re LD.” “My job is to protect them from failure.” All children develop basic mathematical concepts. Children with mild disabilities may have other qualities/gifts e.g. powers of visual observation flexible or “lateral” thinking multiple intelligences Cognitive benefits of additive bilingualism can include mathematics reasoning
What are Learning Disabilities? (26) SPECIFIC LEARNING DISABILITY- (A) IN GENERAL- The term 'specific learning disability' means a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language , spoken or written, which disorder may manifest itself in imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or do mathematical calculations . (B) DISORDERS INCLUDED- Such term includes such conditions as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia. (C) DISORDERS NOT INCLUDED- Such term does not include a learning problem that is primarily the result of visual, hearing, or motor disabilities, of mental retardation, of emotional disturbance, or of environmental, cultural, or economic disadvantage . IDEA 1997(from http://www.ideapractices.org/lawandregs.htm)

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AREAS OF DISABILITY A child is eligible for special education services if s/he demonstrates a severe discrepancy between achievement and intellectual ability in: Oral expression Listening comprehension Reading comprehension Written expression Basic reading skill Mathematics calculation Mathematics reasoning
Math Learning Challenges Language & Cultural

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## This note was uploaded on 11/11/2011 for the course MATH 110 taught by Professor Staff during the Winter '08 term at BYU.

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