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    Counting with Numbers

    We are on Level B with my 5 yo son with ADHD. He is having a really rough time counting the items in boxes above number 4. Under 5 items he can quickly visually identify. When I have him point and count slowly, he will often not move his finger in time with his counting, lose his place, or just not look at the page and count.
    I've been holding his hand while we count slowly, but he is really resistant to this and it's usually the hardest part of the day. I also try to cover the rest of the page. Any other suggestions? Thank you

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    I have my kids make a mark on what they've counted. So they'll draw a line or a slash or a check, whatever, on what they've counted with their pencil. It's independent, doesn't sound like your boy enjoys hand over hand. And they can tell if they've already counted it, so no duplicate counting if they don't go in an orderly left to right, top down pattern.

    You can also reiterate one to one correspondence by counting something he loves. A random handful of legos, matchbox cars, or toy soldiers. Have him physically move them to another pile as he counts. With accuracy he can just touch them as he counts. Then try the workbook again.
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      Re: Counting with Numbers

      What ColoMama said

      There's a lot of opportunity to count things as you go about your day as well. And he can count things (as interested) in the read-a-louds. There's a TON more reinforcement of this concept as you progress through the levels, so just keep at it. He will have plenty of time to master it, no worries.

      Visually, five items or characters and up are harder to process for our brains (they were for me as a kid). Notice, phone numbers, credit cards, tracking numbers, etc, have number groups that are broken down into three or four digits in sequence, usually no more than that. The human eye and brain get lost after about four numbers, it's just the way we are wired. So implement the best strategies you can to assist him and stay at it.
      Last edited by Anita; 12-16-2015, 08:25 AM.
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        Re: Counting with Numbers

        Do you have any of those "I Spy" books, or Look and Find books? I think my son "got" it when he started doing those kinds of books a lot!

        Lastly, you could try a DIY "spindle" box. Take some popcicle sticks, and cups. (this is also to teach the concept of 0). Write the numbers on your cups 0-10. Then, you place "0" in the first cup. Then you pick up 1 popsicle stick and place it in the cup with a 1, etc. etc. You count the whole time you are putting them in the cups. You might want to start with only 5. Once he "gets" it then you could add a few more cups. Eventually you count them out and bundle them together and then put them in the corresponding cup.
        Christine

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          Re: Counting with Numbers

          Thank you for all your suggestions. I just wanted to share what worked really well for us today. I liked the idea of a check mark, but my son isn't really confident yet holding a pencil (we are still doing to lot of hand-over-hand). Today I had some mini-marshmallows, and my son was able to put a marshmallow on the item as he counted. So much better! He kept his place while counting and he had fun! After he finished a page I let him eat some of the marshmallows.

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            Re: Counting with Numbers

            Originally posted by linnea View Post
            Thank you for all your suggestions. I just wanted to share what worked really well for us today. I liked the idea of a check mark, but my son isn't really confident yet holding a pencil (we are still doing to lot of hand-over-hand). Today I had some mini-marshmallows, and my son was able to put a marshmallow on the item as he counted. So much better! He kept his place while counting and he had fun! After he finished a page I let him eat some of the marshmallows.
            There ya go!!! Well done. We all find little learning "hacks" as we venture through teaching our special learners. I have been humbled, frustrated, defeated, surprised, delighted and moved to tears at how difficult and rewarding it is teaching my special learners. It's definitely a process. Keep at it!
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            ~Pope St John Paul II

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              Re: Counting with Numbers

              Originally posted by linnea View Post
              Thank you for all your suggestions. I just wanted to share what worked really well for us today. I liked the idea of a check mark, but my son isn't really confident yet holding a pencil (we are still doing to lot of hand-over-hand). Today I had some mini-marshmallows, and my son was able to put a marshmallow on the item as he counted. So much better! He kept his place while counting and he had fun! After he finished a page I let him eat some of the marshmallows.
              Linnea,

              This is a great idea! You can add another step for even more benefit:

              Have him do this "one handed." Give him the item in the open palm of his hand. Then have him manipulate the item using one hand only. When he works the mini-marshmallow up to his thumb and fingertips, he can then place the treat onto the item he is counting.

              OT's use this "in-hand manipulation" technique for fine-motor dexterity and as a pre-writing exercise.

              Lots of power in a single mini-marshmallow!

              Raisins might work well too....

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