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Mathematics requires students to apply knowledge and strategies, solve problems, organize and communicate their thinking, understand how ideas connect, and develop and use representations. Given its complexity, mathematics is a subject that many students find challenging! Assistive technology (AT) includes tools that can help all students accomplish tasks in the area of mathematics.

This introductory module examines obstacles that can interfere with the learning of mathematics and focuses on the first three sections of the WATI AT Decision-Making Guide: Student Abilities/Difficulties, Environmental Considerations, and Tasks. A second module, Math - WATI - Part II, will the remaining sections of the decision-making guide: Solution Generation, Solution Selection, and AT Implementation Plans.

Estimated Time to Complete: 1 1/2 hours

  • What's Included
  • 36 pages
  • Pre/post-assessments
  • Optional $15 certficate
  1. Identify and define a minimum of four skill areas of mathematics.
  2. List and describe five disabilities that affect math performance.
  3. Identify four math learning areas that may be affected by dyscalculia.
  4. Name the five main areas of the Problem Identification section of the WATI AT Decision-Making Guide and identify the purpose of each.
  5. List at least three questions an IEP team could ask regarding a student's abilities/difficulties as they complete the Problem Identification section of the WATI AT Decision-Making Guide for math.

Module Authors

Dave Moehn MS, CCC-SLP

Dave is a Speech/Language Pathologist and Assistive Technology (AT) Specialist with 24 years experience in Wisconsin Public Schools. Dave has worked for 17 of those years as an AT Specialist in the West Bend School District, Oshkosh Area School District and the Sheboygan Area School District and served 2 years as the CESA #7 Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative (WATI) Consultant. Dave holds an Assistive Technology and Accessible Design (ATAD) Certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has presented at a variety of conferences and workshops.    

Module Content Provided By

This module was developed in collaboration with WATI and provides updated content from the Assessing Students' Needs for Assistive Technology (ASNAT) - IDEA discretionary grant #: 9906-23. 1992-2009

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