It is hard to recognize a learning disability in your child. Many parents do not want to see it, many parents eventually see it late.
We all want the best for our children and one of the ways to ensure they get the support they deserve in school is to be on the lookout for signs that may indicate something is going on. If you are not sure, TEST, it can never hurt.
You can do a FREE Dyscalculia Screener HERE (free registration required)
Read this interesting story about a would be photographer who didn’t get passed using the iphone with instagram, until at a workshop the workings of the NIKON camera were explained in such a way that a person with dyscalculia could understand it.
I’m reading the bulletin learning difficulties from Australia and they comment on the remarkable difference between research funding for dyslexia and dyscalculia:
the National Institutes of Health
(NIH) had spent $107.2 million funding
dyslexia research in the United States
since 2000, but had spent only $2.3
million on dyscalculia research. This
is despite the prevalence of the two
conditions being similar. This apparent
lack of awareness and action may have
consequences for both the individual
and the community
If you think your kid might have a learning disability in math, the first step is to talk to her teacher. Learning disabilities like dyscalculia are diagnosed with a psycho-educational assessment performed by a psychologist. This can be done within the school system (although wait times can be long) or it can be done privately (prices typically range from $1,500 to $2,500).
As the rate of students with learning disabilities increase, it is important for teachers to know proper techniques for teaching students with learning disabilities. However, you do not need to be a licensed doctor to implement strategies in your classroom. The article in the link for today highlights 8 techniques you can use in your classroom. Whether you are dealing with a disruptive student or a quiet reserved student, understanding any learning disabilities in your classroom is beneficial to the success of your students.
There is lots involved in your brain when you learn something. Research is getting more insights every year in how exactly everything works. The article in the link is a very interesting piece that gives lots of details and shows what they are working on now.
Very interesting study about finger training and how interventions involving the fingers may improve skills:
This study has shown that an intervention that combines finger training with number games can improve quantitative skills among 6–7-year-old children. It supports the findings of previous research arguing for a functional relationship between finger gnosis and numeracy. We argue that this study provides evidence that fingers represent a means for children to bridge between other (verbal, symbolic, and non-symbolic) representations of number and that this contributes to children’s developing understanding. The large effect size suggests that with further refinement and replication, the combined finger training and number games intervention could be a useful tool for teachers to use to support children’s developing understanding of number.
Cusco-born systems engineer Dhavit Prem teaches a playful way to use the Inca Yupana (abacus) with the Tawa Pukllay, a four-game basic arithmetic method born in the same brilliant minds behind engineering feats like majestic Machu Picchu.
The Inca device can be found in the chronicles of Peruvian commentator Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala, dating back to viceroyalty times.
In statements to Andina news agency, Prem explained the key feature differentiating the Tawa Pukllay from other math methods lies in the approach: it is based on shapes and movements rather than formulas.
Listen to the story of a single mom who tried to get support for her child with dyscalculia. When that didn’t work out she took action and changed her life to support her child.
To support Moms like this Dyscalculia Services has developed a resource of over 35 videos and over 150 downloadable pages with tips, examples, tricks and games to help teach your child Math. See it at MomsTeachMath.com
Visual form perception has unique contributions to numerosity comparison, digit comparison, and exact computation, but has no significant relation with approximate computation or curriculum-based mathematical achievement. These results suggest that visual form perception is an important independent cognitive correlate of lower level math categories, including the approximate number system, digit comparison, and exact computation.
Clear communication is very important, certainly when we discuss learning disabilities. The LDA has taken the lead, together with 10 other diverse national organizations to clarify some terms so that we all speak the same language when discussing this important topic.