Maths for Students with Complex Learning Needs

Professional development (PD) Auckland

Posted: 16 January 2019
Notice reference #: 1H9qME

The course will focus on the roots of learning for students with complex learning difficulties, from those with the most profound learning difficulties or high levels of autism, through to those who are becoming aware of using practical numeric thinking and representation. 

The course starts at the beginnings of understanding about quantity, space, and time. It illustrates ideas and provokes many thoughts about multi-sensory teaching. It will also explore and illustrate process’s that students use to develop thinking and patterns of learning that help them progress towards useful life skills and the beginnings of practical mathematical thinking and communication.  

Its messages are applicable to the New Zealand Curriculum because it gets to the roots of the key competencies upon which the curriculum builds.

The knowledge you will gain comes from Les Staves, an internationally respected author. In addition to theory you can expect plenty of laughter, practical tips and advice on acquiring, making and using great value resources.

 Learning Objectives

Develop a greater understanding of:

  • the role of maths across the whole curriculum
  • the role of mats in the lives of all students – at various levels of disability
  • the roots of learning from which key competencies and other learning grow
  • the roots of learning that are relevant to life of PMLD students
  • sensory approaches to learning
  • how children develop thinking skills
  • how children learn from modelling
  • how I can communicate with special children
  • how I can devise learning situations that motivate special children to develop life skills related to understanding quantities space and time.

 Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • create learning situations from practical activities and games
  • devise resources from everyday things
  • find apps that develop fundamental skills
  • see progress in small but important steps
  • plan for progress at very early levels of development.

Events summary


25 March 2019 – 25 March 2019

Further information

Contact: Julie King

 (021) 101 0209