Given that I have been reading such wonderful content from this forum since I joined a couple of weeks ago, I thought on asking for some advice here.
I am currently in charge of my two nieces' education since their mom (my sister, single mom) works full time and I am fortunate to stay at home for work so I help them in the afternoons with homework and the likes.
One of my nieces is in the autistic spectrum and she is now having some issues with math. She is a brilliant kid, don't get me wrong, but the pandemic truly has affected her since she lost her dad to covid in 2020 and to make things worse, the educational environment she was used to is completely changed.
I truly want to help my niece during this time (actually, to all my two nieces and sister, that is why I moved in with them).
So the first thing I did was to register her in an online academy which was recommended to me called StudyPug, and it has been a great aid!!! My niece is in high school and she is now preparing for her tests and the content in the site is truly amazing. But that one is a paid membership, and sure we can keep it, but I would like to have some other materials to offer her and not breaking the bank.
Any recommendation you have on this?
Math for high schoolers, besides Khan academy, what else can I find out there?
I wish I had more for you, but the pandemic has been difficult for all kids and teachers (my youngest is a teacher). When you realize that the last normal school year kids had was 3 years ago, that is just so long in the life of a child. And to lose a parent on top of that.
As you know, autism is a spectrum -- and I wonder sometimes if we aren't all on it. My niece has been diagnosed and my other son -- the one who was a National Merit Scholar and AP Scholar, has come to believe that he is on the spectrum (this coming up after he finished graduate school). They are both very bright. From what I understand, autism has more to do with verbal and non-verbal communication and processing, not intelligence.
I guess the first thing I would try to figure out is whether she struggles with math because conceptual learning is more difficult. Many kiddos fall into this category with no autism issues -- math is just a different kind of thinking and it build on itself, so if you have one bad teacher or miss one thing in the chain, it can cause you to stumble and fail with all math until you find the problem and fix it. My youngest son had this issue with a bad teacher in 6th grade. He was failing in 7th until we got it fixed -- then he was able to tutor friends. Or is she having problems with how the information is being taught? Is her teacher aware of her struggles? Teachers are overwhelmed right now, but the ones that are still there are there because they are called to teach and help. Don't be afraid to reach out to her teacher, a counselor or others at the school for their suggestions and assistance. You may be surprised what expertise and help is readily available. Can you look at the materials she gets from the school and what she is getting with the paid program and see how they are different? That would help you identify what it is you are looking for.
Thank you very much for your comments....... I had never thought that the issue could be a bad teacher.... I think I got way focused with the autistic variable that I didn't pay attention to that one. I will definitely reach out to her teacher and yes to other professional/expertise nearby.
I'm a little late to this conversation, but I homeschooled my high schoolers using Khan Academy. My DD is now in her junior year of college and tested out of any math requirements for her major. DS is about to graduate high school and did very well on the math portion of the ACT test- having used Khan Academy as his only math resource for much of high school.
We did use other programs earlier in their homeschool careers, but Khan Academy can be used as little or as much as you want. It's a great source for review work or a complete program if you choose that route.
Merry: I don't think he knows about second breakfast, Pip. Pippin: What about elevenses? Luncheon? Afternoon tea? Dinner? Supper? He knows about them, doesn't he?