5 early signs to look for a learning disability

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The MomJunction website has a great article with five signs in young children that may impact your child and be a sign of a learning disability. Always good to create that awareness.

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Dyscalculia goes to the supreme court in India

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A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court by a student of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai with a learning disability, challenging a Bombay High Court judgment that rejected her claim to a Master of Design degree.

The petitioner Naman Varma, who has a learning disability called ‘Dyscalculia’, has filed this petition through Advocate Anand Varma. The petition claims that the approach of IIT Mumbai was not in line with the provisions of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995.

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Research shows lack of Dyscalculia Awereness and screening

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Dr Kinga Morsanyi and the team from the School of Psychology studied the mathematics performance of 2,421 primary school children over a number of school years.

The researchers said they expected the number of pupils with dyscalculia to be similar to those with dyslexia, however from the children studied, 108 children had received an official diagnosis of dyslexia, but just one child had officially been diagnosed with dyscalculia.

Based on the results of the study, the researchers found 112 children who are likely to have the condition.

Dr Morsanyi said: “In society, there is sadly a widespread notion that you need a special talent to be good at maths, and that struggling with maths is normal for some people, but this is not the case and it’s not something we would accept if a pupil was unable to read.”

The study, which was funded by The Nuffield Foundation, found that in almost all cases children who appear to have dyscalculia are not being diagnosed.

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Parental involvement in Math education

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Research shows time and again that parental support and involvement is crucial with children’s math education. To ensure they understand that Math is not just something in class with the teacher but that you’ll use it in real life, parents play a role.

From the UK in the link for today a parental toolkit.

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Diagnose or not, that’s the question

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The website in the link for today is asking your input and story on whether or not to have a diagnose or not. Our view is clear, YES but participate and tell them your story.

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Company policies and neuro divers employees

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Read this great story from neurodivergentconsulting.org about how well meaning companies by their regular policies can make it difficult for neuro divers employees to fit in and do well.

Read all about it: HERE

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great overview article

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See the great article by Dr Ansari in the ADDitude magazine

best quote:

This math learning disability is nearly as common as dyslexia, however it’s studied far less, understood far worse, and diagnosed inconsistently.

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Using finger counting is not all bad

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See what Jo Boaler has to say about it:

Stopping students from using their fingers when they count could, according to the new brain research, be akin to halting their mathematical development. Fingers are probably one of our most useful visual aids, and the finger area of our brain is used well into adulthood. The need for and importance of finger perception could even be the reason that pianists, and other musicians, often display higher mathematical understanding than people who don’t learn a musical instrument.

Read all about it: HERE

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celebrity attention for dyscalculia

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Although I’m not familiar with her, apparently she is a tv celebrity: Alex Nation, the winner of the Bachelor.

She has now come public with her son’s learning disabilities; dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia. Although she is upset about it, she takes the  time to encourage other parents to pay attention and have their children assessed as soon as they notice something is not right.

Read all about it: HERE

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The debate on math drilling

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The New York Times had a blog post that made the point

“More drilling,” teaching your daughter that “all learning isn’t – and shouldn’t be – fun,” and that, as a girl, there are certain things she should simply suffer through “even if she finds it painful,”

This is so wrong that it is hard to believe the NYT prints it. Luckily current Standford graduate student, Emma Gargroetzi wrote an excellent rebuttal. See it in our link below:

Read all about it: HERE

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Screen all learning disabilities at once in half an hour?

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Doctors from Indian Academy for Pediatrics (IAP) have come up with Tamilnadu Dyslexia Screening Tool (TSDS), aquestionnaire, which they claim could help diagnose three types of learning difficulties – dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia – among children within half-an-hour.

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Memorization vs Automaticity

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We’ve all heard it before; kids don’t know their math facts! While this may be true for some students, what is more important than simply memorizing multiplication facts is building a conceptual understanding of what multiplication means, how to visualize multiplication and eventually, helping students to generate their own algorithms for multiplication BEFORE they encounter any standard algorithms.

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Webinars

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Disability today from the UK gives us a nice replay of a webinar explaining pretty much all aspects of dyscalculia in a nutshell.

Remember you can always look at Dr Schreuder’s free webinars via http://webinars.dyscalculiatrainingcenter.com

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There is money in special education

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Many charter schools do enroll special education students, some even actively seek out special needs students, and they are paid a premium to do so — $26,197.24 for a special-education student versus $8,327.35 for a regular-education student. However, some charters have been known to only enroll students with less severe disabilities and require less services, than students whose disabilities are more severe or are costly to accommodate.

However lately practices surface where special education children are being refused based on their disability apparenlty. Investigations are ongoing

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Don’t you hate that math homework

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The understood organization has some great tips for when you need to help your child with their math homework, some do’s and don’ts.

You can also take a look at Dr Schreuder’s video series at MomsTeachMath.com

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Is dyslexia the source of my math troubles?

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Some of the math difficulties are due to language, but others are due to calculation errors, reversals, sequence, and direction, place value, as well as errors of verbal labeling and working memory which impact regrouping or carrying numbers.

Read all about it: HERE

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