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September 10th, 2021 at 9:27:16 AM permalink
I have signed up to teach (at my home) calculus to an autistic high school sophomore. He has been home schooled all of his life but his Mom felt completely lost teaching him Trig and absolutely can't handle calculus. I have agreed to waive any pay.

Reportedly, the young man loves mathematics and believes that Math is the basis for everything in the world. I have been told that he has been impatient and has started reading the first chapters of the calculus text on his own. He has passed some standard competency tests for certifying completion of HS geometry and trigonometry and (I'm unsure of this one) for some pre-calc material. He is planning to graduate to a local community college either at the end of his sophomore or junior year of high school.

Over the years, I have tutored science and math (college statistics) to family and friends- usually with very good success. So, I'm confident of my basic teaching skills. However, I have never tutored an autistic child, much less an autistic gifted child -and it has been decades since I took calculus. I will have lesson plans and we will use a standard text book, though.

I will post updates on this thread. I may ask for help with calculus problems or specific calc topics, if I need it.

Any advice or suggestions about this? Teaching calc? Teaching a gifted autistic child?
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September 10th, 2021 at 9:52:57 AM permalink
No advice but thanks for being one of the good guys.
I hope your paid back X10.
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September 10th, 2021 at 11:01:54 AM permalink
Quote: gordon888

Any advice or suggestions about this? Teaching calc? Teaching a gifted autistic child?

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    First, talk with his Mom and find out all you can about the child's personality traits, i.e., personal likes/dislikes, what makes him happy/sad/frustrated/angry, how best to communicate, attention span, and personal needs. Be patient and supportive and find out what makes him laugh. You will be great.

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    September 10th, 2021 at 1:58:36 PM permalink
    I have an autistic granddaughter age 9 . lives in Utah. Wondered about diagnosis. My daughter heavy into conspiracies. Spent March last year with her and the stockpile of N95 masks. Sanitizers, etc. Now she has an AK47, several handguns, a sniper rifle.bullet maker and 4000 rounds. The entire month we wete there all I saw was a very happy outgoing little girl.
    Back to Utah March this year. Bought gifts for all the kids. DeeDee got off school bus and came crying into house. Some boy on bus teased her. She ran into a corner crying . My wife got her to come into front room to open package. That is when DeeDee went autistic. Sat next to my wife turned her head to the left and just stared into space.Took almost an hour before she came back. One day in school she peed herself on school yatd. Zoned out and teacher had to het her sister Sunshine from another class to retrieve her.
    So good luck on your mission of mercy. As for Deedee's mom Mary Jo she is looming to move to Lander Wyoming. Needs at least 80 acres. Her husband is a mechanic. Hoping to get a job with a guy who collect military vehicles. The ones that a magnetic pulse will not disable in case of attack by Russia or the aliens I guess. I just hope she has enough bullets fot an Zombie attack. But afraid?to ask her HaHa
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    September 10th, 2021 at 2:54:01 PM permalink
    Is he autistic or Asperger's? I can speak personally on the later not the former. And yes, I know they renamed Asperger's, so whatever they call it now.
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    September 10th, 2021 at 3:29:31 PM permalink
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    Is he autistic or Asperger's? I can speak personally on the later not the former. And yes, I know they renamed Asperger's, so whatever they call it now.

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    Duffís question is paramount. It all depends on the level of dysfunction. ĎAutismí is like Ďcancerí in that the breadth of possibilities is huge. Without specifics itís hard to give advice. But it is a great thing you are doing!
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    September 10th, 2021 at 7:01:34 PM permalink
    Are you doing t for free because the student is autistic or because you have a relationship with the family?
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    September 10th, 2021 at 8:56:24 PM permalink
    The student is autistic, its not Asperger syndrome.

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    Are you doing t for free because the student is autistic or because you have a relationship with the family?

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    We do have a relationship with the family, but the Mom is someone we haven't seen in almost 10 years and I have never met her son. When I have tutored in the past, I have always tutored for free. This will be a much bigger time commitment than tutoring, and the Mom (whom is single) has several times offered to pay me. But honestly, my wife and I are financially comfortable and there is great ease, satisfaction and peace of mind in just helping people without being a paid contractor. I am hoping it will be a good experience for both the youngster and I.

    Hmmmm, I wonder if this kid has any special talent at picking NFL games against the spread . . . . . j/j
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    September 11th, 2021 at 5:06:21 AM permalink
    Quote: gordonm888

    When I have tutored in the past, I have always tutored for free. This will be a much bigger time commitment than tutoring, and the Mom (whom is single) has several times offered to pay me. But honestly, my wife and I are financially comfortable and there is great ease, satisfaction and peace of mind in just helping people without being a paid contractor.



  • I have some family who did broadly this sort of thing.
    When the people being helped insisted on paying, it was graciously accepted, and then at the end, returned in the form of a savings bond (or similar) for the child's future benefit.
    May the cards fall in your favor.
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    September 11th, 2021 at 1:15:23 PM permalink
    Quote: gordonm888

    The student is autistic, its not Asperger syndrome.

    Quote: DRich

    Are you doing t for free because the student is autistic or because you have a relationship with the family?

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    We do have a relationship with the family, but the Mom is someone we haven't seen in almost 10 years and I have never met her son. When I have tutored in the past, I have always tutored for free. This will be a much bigger time commitment than tutoring, and the Mom (whom is single) has several times offered to pay me. But honestly, my wife and I are financially comfortable and there is great ease, satisfaction and peace of mind in just helping people without being a paid contractor. I am hoping it will be a good experience for both the youngster and I.

    Hmmmm, I wonder if this kid has any special talent at picking NFL games against the spread . . . . . j/j
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    That is fantastic. You are an admirable person.
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