On the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE), Timothy scored 8.1 in reading and 8.9 in language.In math overall, he scored only a 2.3, indicating a significant discrepancy.Bernadette had always envisioned returning to school, but life's responsibilities never allowed her the time to do so.During her first meeting with the counselor, Bernadette admitted to having always been in a special class where she was "stupid in math." The results of the TABE revealed a discrepancy between her math and reading/language scores.She should try to try to provide a stress-free environment where learning is not tied to credits or grades.Using the CSA sequence will help him to understand math concepts and therefore alleviate some of his anxiety.
Bernadette is 43 years old with nine children and five grandchildren. Bernadette dropped out of high school at 16 when she became pregnant with her first child. Her husband was substantially older than she and convinced Bernadette that she was not capable of handling money.According to Garnett (1992), the difficulty is manifested in conceptual understanding, counting sequences, written number symbol systems, the language of math, basic number facts, procedural steps of computation, application of arithmetic skills, and problem-solving."Mathematics learning disabilities do not often occur with clarity and simplicity.Rather they can be combinations of difficulties which may include language processing problems, visual spatial confusion, memory and sequence difficulties, and or unusually high anxiety" (Bliss, 2000).Adult education teachers need to individualize instruction for students who have learning disabilities in math.In fact, a learning disability is a lifelong condition that affects every aspect of one's daily activities.