Delphine Gerai Shelton, CT Scenario: Homeschool Core Curriculum Purpose: Accommodate Learning Disabilities Time Spent in ALEKS: 1 hour per day, 4 days per week Total Time Spent Per Course: 25-30 hours per course ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - MS/LV 6, Middle School Math Course 2
ALEKS has been a wonderful experience for both of my special needs boys! ALEKS does not dumb down material and lets them work at their own pace.
What challenges did the student face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Because of severe behavioral issues related to the Autism spectrum, my son was written off as being "unable to learn", "unwilling to follow directions," and "a challenge."
What were you looking for in an online math tool?
I wanted to make certain that I did not neglect certain parts of the curriculum. ALEKS makes sure that everything is understood before the next topic is addressed. Furthermore, I needed a program that did not "dumb things down" or have annoying characters. Workbooks are a challenge since my son cannot get past the fact that he has to learn the entire book. The ALEKS pie, however, is a great visual aid without being overwhelming.
What math progress has the student experienced since using ALEKS?
My son loves math and has surpassed everyone's expectations, even his own.
How does the student feel about his/her progress in ALEKS?
After using ALEKS, my son loves math and is not scared of it any more. It is not a chore, but rather a challenge that he enjoys. He finally feels good about himself and has a true sense of accomplishment. This confidence has carried over into other subjects, since he now believes that he is quite smart!