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Book Review: Teaching Math to People with Down Syndrome and Other Hands – On Learners (Book 2)
"Teaching Math to People with Down Syndrome and Other Hands – On Learners (Book 2)" by DeAnna Horstmeier is a sequel to her first book on teaching essential math used in daily living which was well received by the special educators, teachers of children with special needs and the parents of the children suffering from down syndrome.

This book mostly focuses on more challenging skills that are usually taught in upper elementary, middle school and beyond such as multiplication, division, measurement, money, fractions, decimals, etc.

The book consists of practical hands-on activities that include games, manipulatives, props, templates and worksheets to make learning of basic math concrete and more tangible. The book is valuable instructional resource suitable for children with down syndrome, autism, or other cognitive and intellectual challenges.

In the book published by Woodbine House, there is an adequate inclusion of visual support and simple worksheets that focus on survival math involving basic math concepts and computations that relate to everyday life leading to acquisition of common life skills.

The games and manipulatives with templates given in the book can work as a resource for children with special needs, their parents, teachers and caregivers who struggle to learn and teach math.

Down syndrome is a genetic condition which results in a different physical and mental growth. Often children with down syndrome are not accepted by the general education schools and the society. But with some initial challenges in understanding the condition, these children can be helped to acquire basic life skills.

The teachers and parents of kids with down syndrome need to get resources on how to handle the child and provide him/her the needed exposure.

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