Well this has little to do with actual Dyscalculia but just as a fun fact. We link to a website that helps people who play scrabble, the word game. It appears that the letters that spell dyscalculia can make no less than 304 different words. The website shows the first 100 and when you hover over them you’ll see the definitiion.
Word problems in math can be tricky. To get the right answer, kids have to be able to read the words, figure out what math operation to use, and then do the calculations correctly. A breakdown in any of these skills can cause trouble.
If kids seem to be good at math but struggle with word problems, the article lists some possible reasons why
A good trick for my dyscalculia is to look for the patterns in the numbers instead of focusing on the numbers themselves. Repetition & ratios are easier to visualise as cartoony pictures in my head, so the actual numbers become less important. #Dyscalculia
We link today to a quiz about dyscalculia. Unfortunately it is a spammy site that hosts the quiz and you can not do anything without signing up for an account. So at your own risk of receiving lots of spam after signing up but it is very nice to see that they use dyscalculia to attract people to their site.
Wonderful study that shows real differences between the brains of typical developing children and those with developmental dyscalculia.
we did find significant differences in regions-of-interest tracts which had previously been related to math ability in children. The major findings of our study were reduced white matter coherence and shorter tract lengths of the left superior longitudinal/arcuate fasciculus and left anterior thalamic radiation in the DD group. Furthermore, lower white matter coherence and shorter pathways corresponded with the lower math performance as a result of the correlation analyses. These results from regional analyses indicate that learning, memory and language-related pathways in the left hemisphere might underlie DD.
Nice article in “The Free Press” from South-Central Minnesota. They make a play of the current political halabalu about the infrastructure and make the point that the infrastructure in education is in need of repair:
How does a color blind kindergartener function? Why isn’t the student with dyscalculia allowed time table charts for classwork and tests? Do decaying roads deserve more specialized attention than students?
Be fair. Replace standardized testing with individualized testing. Identify a child’s learning style so the tester reads to the aural learner. The tactile learner manipulates some test components. Retesting measures the individual’s growth, no comparison with others.
It only takes one teacher to recognize that you have a problem and do something about it. We have now made it easier for teachers to screen for possible dyscalculia by introducing the DyscalculiaScreener.
Oh, and the kicker here? The reason I got diagnosed with dyscalculia in the 4th grade was because my 4th grade teacher saw me struggling in the exact same way and recommended that I be tested for a learning disability instead of calling me dumb in front of God and everybody.
(click through to the twitter post from AdhdBri to see the whole comic)
Today's comic is a special one because it discusses #dyscalculia, which co-occurs frequently with #adhd. I personally live with it and it's something I feel should be discussed more often. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/xs5qOP7JNF
The Challenge: Double Agents‘ 17th episode aired this week and it had an exciting mini final for the female competitors that allowed fans to see how the final four women compare in terms of physical and mental ability. One of the competitors, rookie Amber Borzotra, was seen struggling during the daily challenge when she was unable to solve the math equation at the first checkpoint.
The Big Brother star remained at the first checkpoint attempting to solve it until the other competitors finished the daily challenge and she came in last with her partner Fessy Shafaat. After the episode aired, Amber took to social media to tell fans of the show that she has dyscalculia, a math learning disability often referred to as “number dyslexia” or “math dyslexia.”
Y’all, I know I suck at math lol. I have what’s called Dyscalculia AKA number dyslexia. It’s a disability I have lived with my entire life. Literally have always struggled..Not my strong suit, but I tried my hardest 🤍 #TheChallenge36
Warm demanders know students’ cultures, have strong relationships with students, and demand that they maximize their efforts, show respect, and follow classroom norms. Warm demanders communicate their expectations of success by using personal warmth, while using instructional practices that insist on students meeting their high expectations. From this perspective, caring in more than an affective connection between students and teachers. It is actually a means for shaping students’ disposition towards mathematics, molding their mathematical identity, and developing students’ sense of agency by helping them believe that they can do mathematics.
The YourHealthMagazine.net has a nice overview of how to detect learning disabilities. It is important to detect learning disabilities as early as possible, to get the remediation started early and give the children the support they deserve.
Considering that difficulties in reading clocks in early classes can be an early indicator of dyscalculia, classroom teachers may need to pay close attention to the difficulties experienced by six and seven-year-old children (Burny et al., 2012). In addition, considering the procedural, semantic, and spatial difficulties experienced by dyscalculic children, certain adaptations can be made to make it easier for them to learn to read clocks.
Students with an abacus course demonstrated better performance in arithmetic computation and spatial short-term memory after controlling for age, gender, grade, and other basic cognitive abilities. The results suggest that the abacus course could be an effective tool for DD intervention in natural education settings.
“It is not really easy to outgrown dyscalculia, that is why even in adulthood one can still have dyscalculia, and so to manage it, there should be repeated practice of basic math concepts, such as counting and addition, private one-on-one home tutoring. Master basic skills before moving on to higher-order skills – don’t try algebra before basic addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication skills are mastered.
Therapy for children with special needs can start as early as five months of age, as brain development happens at a faster pace during the first five years of life. Therefore, if the doctors are able to identify the developmental symptoms early and can intervene at an early stage, then the chances of success for the child are higher.
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