I just finished talking with a fellow "autism mom," whose son, like mine, attends our local public school. She told me how stymied he is by the middle school math projects.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
The organizational and the language arts requirements, the lack of structure and clear expectations, the general exhortation to "be creative"--all these pose problems for her son.
His most recent math projects included designing a playground, and designing a city. He was stumped, and she ended up doing most of the work.
My son fares no better. His most recent project:
Design a board game using everything you know about math. Make it colorful. Be creative.
Stymieing another autistic spectrum boy:
Choose a number and design a wanted poster about it.
He eventually chosen the number 7, "wanted for being odd."
Perhaps these kids would feel less odd about math if it tapped their strengths (math) rather than their weaknesses (organization, language arts, graphic design).