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WALC 7 Everyday Math
Workbook of Activities for Language and Cognition
Ages: 16-Adult   Grades: 11-Adult

Math, language, and reasoning come together in this collection of functional lessons.  The illustrations and activities replicate real-life skills.  Comprehension questions guide your teaching. 

Outcomes

  • Increase independence in daily activities requiring math skills

 

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These 150 ready-to-use activities for math teach the functional skills adults need for independence.  Many of the tasks can be used to address co-existing deficits in reading comprehension, reasoning, organization, and problem solving. 

The activities target these skills: 

Math

  • word problems with and without pictures

Calendar

  • general orientation
  • sequencing
  • calendar questions
  • daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly planners    

Time

  • telling time
  • writing time on clocks
  • word problems with and without pictures

Money

  • identify coins and bills
  • determine coin and bill values
  • calculate coin and bill values
  • word problems with and without pictures

 

Copyright © 2006

Components
182 pages, answer key
  • Reasoning, problem solving, and attention are all skills that are often damaged in individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI).  One needs these skills to perform functional math tasks in order to participate in the community and workplace (Brookshire, 2003).
  • Speech-language pathologists' roles in the treatment of individuals with cognitive-communication disorders include training discrete cognitive processes, teaching specific functional skills, and developing compensatory strategies and support systems (ASHA, 2005).
  • Effective cognitive rehabilitation improves functioning in areas relevant to the individual's everyday life (Cicerone et al., 2000).
  • Difficulties with number processing and calculation are often seen as a result of brain injury.  Therapy that addresses these underlying skills is effective in improving independence levels in the TBI population (Cappa et al., 2005).
  • Common stressors reported by individuals with brain injuries who are in community re-entry programs include difficulty with understanding public transportation, money management, and organization of medical appointments and work schedules (Karlovits & McColl, 1999).

WALC 7 Everyday Math incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.

References

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). (2005). Roles and responsibilities of speech-language pathologists in diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of individuals with cognitive-communication disorders [Position Statement]. Retrieved August 27, 2009, from www.asha.org/policy

Brookshire, R.H. (2003). Introduction to neurogenic communication disorders (6th ed.). St. Louis: Mosby.

Cappa, S.F., Benke, T., Clarke, S., Rossi, B., Stemmer, B., van Heugten, C.M. (2005). EFNS guidelines on cognitive rehabilitation: Report of an EFNS task force. European Journal of Neurology, 12, 665-680.

Cicerone, K., Dahlberg, C., Kalmar, K., Langenbahn, D., Malec, J., Bergquist, T., . . . Morse, P.A. (2000). Evidence-based cognitive rehabilitation: Recommendations for clinical practice. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 81(12), 1596-1615.

Karlovits, T., & McColl, M.A. (1999). Coping with community reintegration after severe brain injury: A description of stresses and coping strategies. Brain Injury, 13(11), 845-861.

Author(s)

Laurie B. Keck, Tonya Peters

Biography

Laurie Bounds Keck, M.S., CCC-SLP/L, received her bachelor's degree from Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, and her master's degree from Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois.  She has worked as a speech-language pathologist in a variety of medical settings and recently worked as a part-time clinical supervisor at the University of Illinois.  Laurie is currently a stay-at-home mom during the week and provides direct patient care during her weekend rotations at St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur, Illinois.

WALC 7 is Laurie's third publication with LinguiSystems.

 

Tonya Peters, M. S.,CCC-SLP/L, received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois.  Tonya is a speech-language pathologist at St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur, Illinois.  She works with patients of all ages in acute care, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, long-term care, and home-based therapy.

WALC 7 is Tonya's first publication with LinguiSystems.

Introduction

Over the years, we have evaluated and treated numerous adults with neurological impairments.  Many were unable to function independently in activities of daily living because they could not complete tasks that involved numbers.  Unfortunately, a therapy manual with functional numerical activities covering a wide variety of topics, skill levels, and abilities was not available.  This led us to develop WALC 7.

Our ideas have been used with adults of all ages, educational experiences, and cultural backgrounds.  Activities include word problems, calendar/planner exercises, time, money exchanges, and checkbook register tasks.  Each activity was designed to reflect situations that one might encounter during everyday life.  Therapists are encouraged to select tasks based upon interest, previous experience, and individualized needs of their patients.  In addition, if a patient is accustomed to using a calculator, please have one available.  We hope that you find our therapy manual useful as you help adults who want to regain independence in a world filled with numbers.

Laurie and Tonya