Planned Independence: Promoting Mathematical Problem Solving for Students with Autism and Intellectual Disability

Planned Independence: Promoting Mathematical Problem Solving for Students with Autism and Intellectual Disability
Jenny Root, Ph.D., BCBA
Florida State University
Friday, July 14th, 2017, 1:00pm - 2:20pm
1.5 BACB Type II CEUs (included in the price of registration)

Mathematical learning is imperative to having a range of career, leisure, and daily living opportunities. Students with autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability (ASD/ID) have difficulty with problem solving in part due to the chained nature of the task. Each step is dependent upon correct execution of the one before, and errors in prior steps can prevent arrival at a correct solution.  There is a need to teach the pivotal skill of problem solving to students with Autism Spectrum Disorder/Intellectual Disability (ASD/ID) that moves beyond basic rote skills and promotes independence and self-monitoring. This presentation will highlight a conceptual model for teaching students with ASD/ID to be independent mathematical problem solvers based on a series of single-case research designs.

Jenny Root, Ph.D., BCBA

Dr. Jenny Root is an Assistant Professor of Special Education in the School of Teacher Education at Florida State University.  She is a board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA) and uses applied behavior analysis as a theoretical framework in designing and evaluating interventions and practices. Her research focuses on instructional methods to promote general curriculum access for students with autism and moderate/severe intellectual disability through advances in two strands of scholarship: academic curricula and teacher practices. Dr. Root has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on academic instruction and evidence-based practices for students with developmental disabilities and is a co-author of Math Skills Builder, a mathematical problem solving curricula for students with moderate/severe disability. She is a former classroom teacher of middle school students with disabilities in North Carolina and currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on assessment and instruction of students with disabilities. Dr. Root was the 2015 recipient of the TASH Alice Hayden Emerging Leader award.