Cognition, Language and the Acquisition of Math Competency

Workshop Description

Learning math can be challenging, especially for students who have specific learning disabilities. Language skills, executive functioning, motor planning, and math-specific visual processing skills all play a role in acquiring math competency. Specific deficits and their resulting impact will be explored. Learning and memory research tells us that multisensory integration is absolutely vital for children who have learning difficulties, as well as the best way to teach all students. Methods will be presented that use minimum language demands and whole-to-part, multimodal strategies to help students express, relate, store, and retrieve information efficiently.

As a result of participating in this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify prescriptive therapies that are presented within a case study video
  • Explain the benefits of whole-to-part multimodal processing and the use of interactive graphic organizers
  • Create a Woodin Ladder Chart to produce accurate multiples of a given factor
  • Demonstrate the ability to add and subtract without counting



Christopher Woodin, Ed.M., is a specialist in the fields of mathematics and learning disabilities. He has been with Landmark School since 1986 where he holds the Ammerman Chair of Mathematics and is Chair of the Math Department. He is a graduate of Middlebury College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Chris has published several articles, including a recent one through the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity. His latest book is entitled Multiplication and Division Facts for the Whole-to-Part Visual Learner, and he is currently developing a computer-based numeracy program with Nessy Learning in the UK. Chris was the 1997 Massachusetts Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) Samuel Kirk Educator of the Year, and he served on the Massachusetts Department of Education’s Mathematics 2011 Curriculum Frameworks Panel. He presents internationally on topics involving multimodal math instruction and learning disabilities.

Disclosure: Financial – Chistopher Woodin, EdM, receives honoraria from AET, is compensated for teaching and speaking, and is employed by Landmark School, the publisher of his books. Nonfinancial – No relevant relationships to disclose.


Save the Date!
Saturday, May 2, 2020

7:45 AM: Registration
8:30 AM: Welcome
8:45 AM: Presentation begins
12:00 PM: Lunch
1:00 PM: Presentation resumes
4:15 PM: Presentation concludes


Westmark School
5461 Louise Avenue,
Encino, CA 91316
This program is offered for .55 ASHA CEUs
(Intermediate level, Professional area).

This program is offered for:
AET: 5.5 CE hours
ASHA: 0.55 CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area)
BBS (CA): 5.5 hours of CPD
NASP: 5.5 hours of CPD


This workshop is designed for professionals who would like to learn more about the acquisition of math competency and how to apply that knowledge in practice settings using multisensory intervention strategies.

  • Educational Therapists
  • Learning Specialists
  • Classroom Teachers
  • Developmental Therapists
  • Psychotherapists
  • School Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Educational Diagnosticians


The Association of Educational Therapists (AET) is the national professional association for educational therapists. AET defines and sets standards for the professional practice of educational therapy. Educational therapists provide a broad range of individualized educational interventions for children and adults with learning disabilities and other learning challenges.