Solve It! Teaching Mathematical Word Problem Solving to Students with ASD

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Nova Southeastern University

4850 Millenia Blvd.

Orlando, FL 32839

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Presented by: Peggy Schaefer Whitby, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Hosted by: UCF CARD

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The mathematics curriculum is one of the most difficult for many children. For children with autism, these difficulties are made more pronounced by language and executive-functioning deficits. Children with autism deserve to be provided with the tools they need to be successful in applied problem solving. This workshop will introduce the Solve It! problem solving routine, a strategy-instruction curriculum developed by Montague (1996) and adapted for children with autism by Schaefer Whitby (2018). The curriculum consists of teaching students seven cognitive strategies and three meta-cognitive strategies. Solve It! can be an effective intervention as it capitalizes on the student's strengths, rote/procedural knowledge, and visual reasoning while supporting learning weaknesses, conceptual knowledge, and abstraction. Three case studies and work samples will assist participants in understanding the unique issues that children with autism may encounter when learning to solve word problems.

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Participants will be able to:

  • Understand how to teach mathematical word problem solving using the Solve It! word problem strategy.
  • Modify and assess the effectiveness of the Solve It! problem solving routine on mathematical word problem solving for students with autism and extend instruction using procedural facilitation for those who do not readily acquire this strategy.
  • Describe procedures and instruments appropriate for an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) assessment in non-verbal ASD as well as identify strategies for using iPad or SGS to teach initial symbol vocabulary and facilitate natural speech development.
  • Describe the major steps of parent training for using an iPad or speech-generating device during family-based AAC intervention.
  • Know how to engage minimally-verbal learners with ASD in generative language learning using AAC applications.

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Nova Southeastern University

4850 Millenia Blvd.

Orlando, FL 32839

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