Special needs resources

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Not new but a great resource for teaching and working with children who have special needs. The nice people at Special Needs Resource and Training Blog provide this for you.

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Special needs @ Disney

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Not specific for Dyscalculia but the writer of this story in our link for today. gives great tips that you can use when you want to prepare your child with special needs for a trip to one of the Disney places.

It takes careful planning and preparation or it will all be too overwhelming. Great read.

Read all about it: HERE

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Neuro divers workplace

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Some of the larger tech companies have a good way of recruiting and maintaining a neurodivers crew. They see the benefits and know how to approach it. Some of them open up about how they do this on the page in our link for today.

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SpedTex and TEA

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The SpedTex page (Special Education Information Center Texas) has page with links to resources about Dyslexia, Dysgraphia and Dyscalculia, find it HERE

The only link that mentions Dyscalculia goes to an elaborate explanation in a very clear way of Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and Dyscalculia in the Individualized Education Program

Read all about it: HERE

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Oh those math facts

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We all know how important the math facts are but how do you get the children to memorize them and retain them?

The readandspell website provides us with some helpful tips today.

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Does vision cause Dyscalculia?

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A group researchers from Norway has now developed a theory that, like Dyslexia, Dyscalculia also can be impacted or caused by vision problems. A new app can make it easier to investigate the issue. It can help to determine if someone is struggling with visual processing associated with rapid changes in their surroundings.

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Kahn supports Spiral review

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The wonderful Kahn academy has now also embraced the process of spiral review.

In an email they explained it as follows:

We’re thrilled to announce that one of the most requested features in Khan Academy’s history is coming to you on February 3: Personalized Spiral Review in Course Mastery!What’s Spiral Review?
Spiral Review provides spaced repetition of the skills your students have already started practicing. Research shows that by spiraling these skills over time and across lessons, students minimize learning loss and boost knowledge retention.What does it look like for students?
Starting February 3, your students will start unlocking Mastery Challenges at the top of the course page in Course Mastery-enabled math classes whenever they’ve:

Achieved Familiarity in at least three skills
And reached Proficiency in at least one skill
 

And then they’ll get six personalized questions (based on time elapsed since last practice and level of proficiency) to hone their expertise:

Read all about it: HERE

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Equity vs Equality

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Achieving equity for all students is quite a challenge for many schools. This also goes for the children with learning disabilities who need this more then ever. The Waterford.org site has a good article about it. Best quote:

“The route to achieving equity will not be accomplished through treating everyone equally,” 

Read all about it: HERE

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Make your screening efficient

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As there is no general mandated screening for Dyscalculia yet, we need to assess as a minimum students with an increased risk for Dyscalculia, those would be students with ADHD, Dyspraxia, and Dyslexia. A quick checklist is available HERE (free registration required) or a Math and Dyscalculia Screening Test is HERE

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Do not cut their recess

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The edutopia site gives a great animated video with all the reasons why you should not limit the recess of your student. That goes even more for our learning disabled students.

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First handbook for supporting neurodiversity in the creative industries

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Universal music comes out with this handbook in order to encourage the music industry to have more neurodiversity.

The handbook highlights that while almost all creative companies recognise the value of neurodiversity – with ND people more than likely to have creative talents – only very few have ND-friendly policies and practices. The book gives practical solutions for companies to change this, offering ways for them to make their recruitment, mentorship and career progression more accessible to ND people.

Read all about it: HERE

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Diversity and Dyscalculia

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When your student feels they are so different from others with their learning disability, no worries, we are all different, see the list with no less than 34 types of diversity recognized in any workplace.

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It is not always dyscalculia

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Simply performing poorly in maths does not necessarily mean that a student has a specific learning disorder in this area. There are a number of reasons why an individual may find it more challenging to develop their numeracy skills

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Dyslexia and Dyscalculia

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If you are already familiar with Dyslexia, it is easier to understand the things that happen when you have Dyscalculia. Although they are very different, here is an overview of where you see how it affects people similarly.

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The lingo of learning disabilities

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Exposure magazine gives us a run down of the most commonly used acronyms when talking about learning disabilities or special education.

It is important for you as a parent to know the right words and their meaning so you can participate fully in the discussions.

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Is it really Dyscalculia?

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Dyscalculia can easily be mistaken for a situation where a child has math anxiety or got for some time inadequate teaching.
Late 2019 a committee launched guidance to try and generate a common view among those who diagnose the condition.

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top ten tips to teach students with dyscalculia

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See the top ten tips to teach students with dyscalculia as given by the Dyscalculia Association in the UK

  1. Use concrete materials, such as Cuisenaire rods or base ten materials
  2. Spend time exploring these and don’t take them away too soon, they will help to develop the child’s understanding.
  3. Play games with dice and dominoes so that the child can recognise common dot patterns.
  4. Try to encourage the child to use more efficient calculating strategies, such as counting on rather than counting all.
  5. Encourage the child to visualise the maths- by drawing diagrams and using concrete materials to model the maths.
  6. Make the maths practical and multisensory- avoid worksheets.
  7. Spend time on place value so that it is fully understood, this can be a very difficult concept to grasp.
  8. Have a little and often approach- repetition and ‘overlearning’ will help.
  9. Use mathematical language as much as possible and encourage the child to do the same.
  10. Give multiplication grids and number bonds to reduce the stress of having to remember these facts.

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Focus on their strenghts

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When working with students who have learning disabilities it is easy to always look at what their problems are. This way it also prompts the student to focus on their weaknesses with all related problems that this may cause. The article in the link for today shows how you can help the students look at their strengths rather than at their problems. Nice quote: “talk about a sea of strengths around some islands of weaknesses”

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Individual differences in arithmetic

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Great editorial article and 25 other articles with research findings about individual differences in arithmetic. It seems that an average British class of 11-year-olds is likely to contain the equivalent of a 7-year range in arithmetical ability

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Clean air for better academic results

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An emergency situation that turned out to be mostly a false alarm led a lot of schools in Los Angeles to install air filters, and something strange happened: Test scores went up. By a lot. And the gains were sustained in the subsequent year rather than fading away.

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Important when teaching or learning math

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“What do teachers need to know about teaching math? Strategy over speed, and math thinking over rote memorization.” – Stanford Professor Dr Jo Boaler

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ADHD and Dyscalculia

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We have looked at this before but there is a considerable overlap between the students with ADHD and the students with Dyscalculia. This has some impact that is described in the magazine additudemag and we link to that article below.

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