Multi-sensory Math Training I


Not Being Offered This Summer


Place: Trident Academy, 1455 Wakendaw Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC  29464

Course Instructor: Marilyn Zecher, M.A., CALT

More About Instructor

 A nationally certified Academic Language Therapist and former classroom/demonstration teacher, Ms. Zecher is a specialist in applying multisensory Orton-Gillingham based strategies to a variety of content areas. A frequent presenter at regional and national conferences including IDA, LDA, & NCTM, Ms. Zecher specializes in evidence based methods and interventions for all students, but which are especially effective with students with learning difficulties in the fields of mathematics, written language and study skills. For more on Marilyn Zecher, visit

Cost: $900 (includes math manipulatives and multisensory manual), $450 nonrefundable deposit due with registration.


Campus Contact:  For more information, contact Trident Academy at 843-884-7046.



Course Overview:

Based on the Orton-Gillingham philosophy of teaching, Multisensory Mathematics I applies the research-based Concrete-Representation-Abstract (CRA) approach to teaching mathematics as advocated by the National Math Panel and the NCTM. Participants learn to apply this methodology in guiding students from foundation skills and numeracy to place value, operations, fractions and decimals. Participants learn to use manipulatives effectively to reinforce concepts, aid memory and enhance performance for all students.

Strategies for helping students learn and retrieve math facts are stressed as well as structured procedures for computational accuracy. This approach is especially effective with students who learn differently, inclusion classes and ESL learners. The approach is effective for initial instruction as well as remedial work at all levels and is compatible with all curricula and programs.


You will learn how to:

  • Relate instructional methodology to current research in mathematics
  • Utilize concrete-representational-abstract (CRA) approach in teaching concepts and procedures.
  • Identify common learning characteristics of students with math deficits and utilize an appropriate diagnostic prescriptive approach to instruction
  • Select appropriate manipulatives to use in instruction of fractions, decimals, Algebra concepts and operations and Geometry.
  • Create effective multisensory lesson plans to introduce or reinforce math concepts and procedures.
  • Demonstrate appropriate language strategies for addressing the needs of diverse learners.
  • Analyze basic concepts and applications associated with a variety of operations and link appropriate language and instructional strategies to illustrate the underlying conceptual basis of those operations.
  • Apply specific MSLE strategies to processing difficulties in complex math applications. These include: coding, structured procedures, pattern recognition, summarizing, simultaneous multisensory processing and graphic organizers.

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