2014-2015 Support Group Sessions
Informational Meetings for Parents & Educators
Wednesday October 1, 2014
Topic: "The Peterson Scholarship for Ohio Students on an IEP"
Presenter: Jodie Brown
Education Program Specialist, Ohio Department of Education
2014 OVB/IDA Fall Conference
The multisensory approach is a unique way of "thinking" about teaching mathematics. Multisensory Math applies Orton-Gillingham multisensory instructional strategies to mathematics and fits easily with recommendations from current research and suggestions from the National Math Panel regarding instruction for struggling learners. Hands-on work with manipulative objects is recommended for all students at all ages, enhancing both concept integration and memory. Although appropriate for all students, this approach is especially important for LD students and those with conceptual gaps.
Research based and applicable to any curriculum or textbook series, Multisensory Math emphasizes student success. The program also helps teachers find ways of supporting struggling students and informs educators about learning differences which impact student performance in mathematics.
In essence, a multisensory approach uses concrete manipulatives to teach mathematical concepts. We then transition students through the representational (pictorial) level of instruction until they are able to deal only with numerals/numbers at the abstract level. Manipulatives are used by all students, because research indicates that multisensory input is stronger than unisensory input for creating lasting associations and memories. Simply stated, the more of the brain involved in the learning, the stronger the memory function.
Also when students are given explicit instruction in foundational skills and concepts, less time may be needed for procedural instruction, so there is not a substantial increasein instructional time. Students are able to apply their knowledge across applications and are better at problem solving. Some studies indicate that students who use manipulatives for concept instruction, including at the algebraic level, equal and even surpass their peers in summative assessments and retain the material longer.
More Details and Conference Flyer to Come.
Presenter: Marilyn Zecher, M.A., CALT
A nationally certified Academic Language Therapist and former classroom/demonstration teacher, Ms. Zecher is a specialist in applying multisensory Orton-Gillingham based strategies to a variety of content areas. She trains nationally for The Multisensory Training Institute of The Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center in Rockville, Maryland. A frequent presenter at regional and national conferences including IDA, LDA, & NCTM, Ms. Zecher specializes in evidence-based methods and interventions for all students but which are especially effective with students having learning difficulties in the fields of mathematics and study skills. Her presentations incorporate O-G strategies, the principles of UDL, and applications from NCTM, The What Works Clearinghouse and the Common Core State Standards. She teaches graduate level math methods courses, gives workshops on written language and study skills, and maintains a private practice supporting older students in Rockville, Maryland. Ms. Zecher is currently the president of the DC Capital Area Branch of the IDA.
Tutoring, testing, and other referral information can be obtained by calling our Branch at (513) 651-4747. We have Parent Support Groups, as well. Many of our 220-230 members are actively involved in the treatment and remediation of dyslexia. Our members are educators, psychologists, physicians, individuals with dyslexia, and parents. We represent a network of parents and professionals who have dealt with learning disability issues on an individual basis with local public and private schools. One of IDA's most important objectives is to educate the educators and raise their awareness of dyslexia in order to increase early intervention in the schools.