Schooldistricts actively deny children support!

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Horrible news from Texas:

Over a decade ago, Texas officials arbitrarily decided what percentage of students should get special education services — 8.5 percent — and since then they have forced school districts to comply by strictly auditing those serving too many kids, a Houston Chronicle investigation has found.

Their efforts, which started in 2004 but have never been publicly announced or explained, have saved the Texas Education Agency billions of dollars but denied vital supports to children with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, epilepsy, mental illnesses, speech impediments, traumatic brain injuries, even blindness and deafness.

OK they do not mention Dyscalculia but the path is clear.

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Dyscalculia in the workplace

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Employers may need a tool to see if their employees could have a learning disability. Although it will remain a screening and not a real diagnose, it is very useful to prevent future problems if learning disabilities are identified. The Washington State Department of Social and Health services provides the tool in the link for today.

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Classroom screening test for Dyscalculia available

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Belgian researchers have done research that confirms that weak number sense is an  indicator for later weak math performance and possible dyscalculia. See the article HERE. The test that was developed is in Dutch but over time an English alternative will be developed most likely.

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Number sense key for later math performance

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How well does a child understand how numbers work? The answer to that question predicts the child’s maths performance in later life, KU Leuven researchers have shown. Their findings open up new perspectives for the quick detection of dyscalculia.

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Some people use “bad at math”

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The onemanbandaccounting has a different view on being “bad at math or numbers” and makes the point that some people use it conveniently for some purposes. Interesting read, probably has some valid points but still you should make sure you detect if it comes from Dyscalculia because there is help!

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Dyscalculia and Irlen syndrome

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A plea for more testing and earlier detection of Dyscalculia. Also a plea for having similar awareness and resources for Dyscalculia and Irlen syndrome as there are for Dyslexia.

Well that is part of our mission. Read the story in the link below, short and clear explained.

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What does “New Math” mean for children with dyscalculia?

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The old way has always failed our students with special needs. The challenge now will be for regular education teachers (and state curriculum) to move at a pace that makes sense for the entire class with the new strategies. Thankfully, however, number sense is now built into the day for all students, including our students with learning disabilities.

Embracing the new math might be an important step for a parent of a child with a learning difficulty. For many the traditional methods have never worked.

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Test your own numbersense

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The kind folks at the NYTimes have a test for your numbersense. You know the ability to estimate if one or the other group is larger. This is a fundamental build in skill that humans have, animal also btw as they need to know immediately if the other group is larger so if they need to fight or flight. Try it in the link, if your score is low you may want to do the free dyscalculia screener at dyscalculiaservices.com

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Kids with Dyscalculia are otherwise normal

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We knew that but apparently there are still many teachers and parents who can not believe that when you are having trouble with math, you would otherwise be normal.

It is important to continue to raise the awareness about this as it really can make life miserable for children both at school and as adults.

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Dealing with the school on Dyscalculia

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There are various ways in which a school can help your child becoming successful even with a learning disability. The challenge is to find out exactly what to expect and how to talk to the school. Also you need to know the difference between the various options available to you from the legislation. The article in our link for today provides a clear and concise explanation.

Also the understood website gives a good table that outlines the differences between the various options HERE

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Dyscalculia explained

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The website Teachers pay teachers offers a free short description of what dyscalculia is. They have taken some symptoms of other sites and the information does not go very deep but it is a good start, see it HERE (registration required)

Another site offering general information about Dyscalculia, and they base their knowledge on Brian Butterworth’s work, is assitivemart.com. This piece is interesting for their comment under the section “Why is solving Dyscalculia so important” you’ll be shocked to read the answer:

“A study has shown that low numeracy was more of a handicap for an individual’s life chances than low literacy. They earn less, spend less, are more likely to be sick, are more likely to be in trouble with the law, and need more help in school.”

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Dyscalculia is not the only reason you can be bad at math

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In our link for today a short article about other reasons why you can be bad at math. Sometimes we, at this blog, think that all math issues may stem from dyscalculia but there are other reasons and it is important to recognize it. Tutoring and remediation is very different if dyscalculia is not the reason for the issues with math.

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The link between Dyslexia and Dyscalculia

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The article in our link for today provides a good insight in why some of the math rules can be confusing for children with either dyslexia or dyscalculia.

Occurrence of both dyslexia and dyscalculia with the same child is rather common. Not always are the problems recognized as dyscalculia but rather seen as an extension of the existing dyslexia. Certainly difficulties with word problems can be explained this way although there may be more at hand and a specialist dyscalculia tutoring should really be used to correct the problems with math.

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