I was trawling through one of my favourite book suppliers websites yesterday when I found a new category titled "Special needs".
Obviously, I was off like a shot and happily sticky-beaking through the extensive list of books, delighted to find a series of books addressing Multisensory Learning which is ideal for those with all types of learning difficulties including dyslexia, ADHD and behaviour issues, not to mention the Spectrum.
Maths for Concrete Learners...c'mon, tell me the title didn't leap up at you, too!
The old Bard hasn't been forgotten in special needs teaching, either, with Specials Coursework Shakespeare.
How often do kids over the many generations trot out the old "I don't know why they're making us learn this cos I'll never use it in real life" when it comes to maths?
Try these Maths For Living series which includes Mathematics for the body or Mathematics Around the home, as well as others; then see if they don't use the maths in everyday life!
Just bought the Dinosaurs Downunder book for Aspie teen, to encourage him into text work again - he breezed through his first few pages, is looking forward to going back to check out the many other titles on the shelves.
My friend was overjoyed to watch her son, who had an auditory processing disorder and had many gaps in his learning at school, pick up so many missing pieces in the Excel workbooks.
He went from being in the bottom of the class with poor self esteem and no enthusiasm to even attempt schoolwork to completing almost a workbook each night after school and blitzing the other kids in the class within a few months.
Sometimes a different approach through these books can spark an interest in areas that were masquerading as little more than bones of contention to get our kids all angsty.