Yes, Dyscalculia is inborn, read the proof.

Dyscalculia: News from the web: (not new but still very relevant)

Karin Landerl and her team at the University of Graz, Austria, investigated the development of numerical processing in elementary school children with dyscalculia and a control group with good arithmetic skills.

Landerl and colleagues conclude a biologically driven deficit causes children with dyscalculia to have an imprecise internal representation of numbers, which explains these children’s difficulty with the number line task.

Read all about it: HERE

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Great advice from a great photographer

Dyscalculia: News from the web:

A great photographer, who is diagnosed with dyscalculia, is interviewed and here is what she had to say about it:

TNS: What is your greatest challenge while photographing. You’ve been diagnosed with dyscalculia. Does that make adjusting aperture and shutter speed the most difficult bit, or could it be safety/security concerns?

SK: In knowing and owning your disability, which in my case as you rightly stated is dyscalculia, I feel it has given me a strength and clarity which I may never have had had I not got the diagnosis.

Read all about it: HERE

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Guidelines rescinded

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Friday we got the news that the education department had rescinded no less than 72 guidelines. Many of those were about clarifications of the IDEA.

We have not had time to fully digest the impact but here is a list of the rescinded guidelines. On first glance they all seem many years old. Also the IDEA itself has not been changed, so the main bulk of that that law intends to do is still there. Also the education department has developed a brand new website about the idea, see in our link for today.

Read all about it: HERE and if you want to compare the old websites is available HERE

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Schools That Just Won’t Listen.

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A story from a father who has had his major issues with the school who pretty much ignored them.

Best quote:

It is like cycling in the wrong gear. Your legs are going at a hundred miles an hour, but the bike is only going at 10. No wonder she is always mentally exhausted.

Read all about it: HERE

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unaware of learning disabilities

Dyscalculia: News from the web:

 

  • A woman with learning difficulties has revealed how she was labelled ‘stupid’
  • But she proved she was anything but stupid after achieving a bachelor’s degree
  • She said a teacher made her cry in front of her class because she couldn’t spell
  • She was finally diagnosed with Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, and ADHD
  • Against all odds, Phoebe fulfilled her goal by completing her bachelor’s degree

Please teachers, become Dyscalculia Aware via http://DyscalculiaAware.org

 

Read all about it: HERE

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Brain stimulation for math ability

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Many questions loom over transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), a non-invasive form of neurostimulation in which constant, low current is delivered directly to areas of the brain using small electrodes. It was first established in neuroscience research in the 1950s and 60s, but has seen rapid growth, particularly in the last five years. Originally developed to help patients with brain injuries such as strokes, tDCS is now also used to enhance language and mathematical ability, attention span, problem solving, memory, coordination, and even gaming skills. The authors in our link for today examine its potential and pitfalls.

Read all about it: HERE

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Creative counting

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Read the personal story in our link for today. The passage that struck me was the one below where the writer shows creativity to deal with the ignorance of the teacher.

When I was in 3rd grade, the teacher saw me counting on my fingers and told me I needed to do math in my head. I knew I couldn’t do that, so I’d count objects around the classroom instead. When the teacher noticed me looking around the room, she told me to stop “daydreaming.” Since there were a lot of times I actually was off task and not paying attention, I got told to stop daydreaming on a regular basis.

What I didn’t know at the time was that, in addition to ADHD, I have dyscalculia.

Read all about it: HERE

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Adults have learning disabilities too

Dyscalculia: News from the web:

You may have been struggling with it all of your life. In the link for today are some tips to find out if you would have a learning disability.

When you believe that you may have a Math Learning Disability or Dyscalculia, you can do the online Math and Dyscalculia Screening Test at https://dyscalculiatesting.com

Read all about it: HERE

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There is a limit to accommodations

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In our link for today a saga from an employee who got lots of accommodations for a required test, failed and then still sued to get more accommodations but the tribunal who judged it decided that the organization had done enough.

Read all about it: HERE

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Carol Dweck, congrats!

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We are big fans of the work of Carol Dweck on the growth mindset and now she has won a prize for it with a huge research budget attached!

It’s the first prize awarded in a competition launched last year by Chinese technology billionaire Charles Chen Yidan that is intended to “empower the change-makers in education, build a global community of education leaders and, ultimately, create long-lasting, enlightening impacts on mankind as a whole.” The award, which includes a $1.9 million cash award and an equal-size project fund, is the largest financial prize in education research.

Read all about it: HERE

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The lack of Dyscalculia Awareness

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 According
to Butterworth, Varma and Laurillard
(2011), 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.

Read all about it: HERE

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