Shivam Learns Numeracy at 7

Maths is a logical subject. It has application in the real world and so applied maths is derived. But the way it should be taught and applied are two separate aspects just like the meaning of the two words 'accelrate' and de-accelerate'. Accelerate means that maths is taught by no concept of its application, but PRACTICE. De-accelerate means that now the child's brain knows the logic, lets teach him or her how to apply it i.e de-accelerate the brain. This is the only way to speed up learning process. With Autism, if we stick to the de-accelerate mode of teaching, and not use accelerate prior to de-accelerate, we won't get there ever.

One of the common mistake that educator does is that they teach maths directly with applied methodology at primary children. In early years, maths is to be taught more logically, as maths is a difficult subject at that age to conceptualize. So I took the logical approach with Shivam at the age of 7, while school's approach was more applied. The school teacher wants that if the adult picks the PECS card of number 5, he should count five objects and give them to the adult. He can't do this (29/05/2011).

 

My approach is different. I asked Shivam's mother to use Abacus and make him count, then pick the PECS card and put it in the plastic box. The videos show how she does it. He is able to recognise the numbers on the PECS card (video 1) and as progressed, video 2) provides evidence that he has concept of counting. If this is repeated every day for 1/2 hr, you will see Shivam in few months counting of his own without prompting.

This is how my father taught maths, when I was child, but had voice that PECS. Every day, I had to recite and the only subject I was excellent at all the school times and then in engineering and later MBA course was maths and accounting. 

 

 

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