Some technology to help students with learning disabilities

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Mashable shares an interview and some nice resources to use when you are teaching a student with learning disabilities or attention problems. Not all of them free unfortunately.

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Some virtual help while teaching remotely

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These days people are more and more working remotely. Our children with dyscalculia need the support from manipulatives to help them grasp the concepts. In our link for today a range of virtual manipulatives. Not as good as the real thing but great instead of just writing numbers and words.

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How good does Jumpmath work for dyscalculia

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The Learning Disabilities Organization of Nigeria did a study last year and confirmed our belief that Jumpmath ( a charity from Canada) has a great program to work with children who have dyscalculia.

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New study points at Brain hubs

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The researchers discovered that children with poorly connected brain hubs had severe and widespread cognitive impairments, and those with well-connected brain hubs either had no cognitive issues or had select cognitive deficits. The findings emphasize the importance of focusing on the areas of cognitive issues when it comes to targeted interventions and less on the diagnostic classification itself—opening the door for novel therapeutics that target the connectivity of the brain’s hub in the future.

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Resources hub for special educators

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Nearly 30 disability rights and education advocacy organizations have launched a new resource hub and online network designed to help special educators during the coronavirus crisis.

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Jumping frogs

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From the wondermomwannabe blog we bring you a Jumping Frog activity to do with your students to have a bit of fun.

With some imaginations you can think of a lot of math games you could do with this, be creative, let us know.

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10 free apps for Dyscalculia

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From the good people of numberdyslexia we link to a blog post with 10 apps for dyscalculia. We are not convinced that some of the apps deliver what they promise, specifically the usefulness of brain training apps has been doubted in scientific studies but nevertheless the overriding majority of these apps are great and show good support for our students.

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Changes in the brain

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New research shows that there are differences between adults and children in where dyscalculia impacts the brain activity but not where scientists thought they would be occurring.

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Two factor authorization, a challenge

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Yes this is a huge problem

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Talking Math

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A wonderful site posts pictures and then has questions for every grade level about the picture. Every day a new picture. It is not specifically for your Dyscalculic child but it will work for them as it brings Math into the real world so they can see that math is not invented by their teacher at school but actually is part of everyday life.

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When numberlines are difficult

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Numberlines are difficult for students with dyscalculia. There are various ways to deal with that but one of the fun ones is to do board games with your student. One boardgame that will work well is “snakes and ladders” as they will be counting up and down and move all over the board. If you don’t have it, you can play it online also but that takes away much of the benefit, yet to get your student enthusiastic about it we include it in our link for the day.

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School closed and your student has dyscalculia

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Children with learning disabilities are among the ones hardest hit by the move to online schooling as the schools adhere to the quarantine mandate in most cities.

In the link for today we share a story from the learning disabilities association in Canada who have an option for online one on one work with the students. Our mother site Dyscalculia Services has also seen an increase in requests to work with students online on math.

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Types of students struggling with math

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Math can be difficult for a variety of students. Not just the ones with Dyscalculia. The article in the link for today gives a nice overview of what types of students mostly struggle with Math.

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Screening for Covid-19 and learning disabilities

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In the UK they have recognized that people with learning disabilities may score different on the screening instrument they use than other people and can therefor be rated wrongly for critical care. See the article in the link for today for more on this.

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visual crowding effects in developmental dyscalculia

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New research suggests that excessive crowding effects might be a characteristic of DD, independent of other associated neurodevelopmental disorders. Visual crowding refers to the inability to identify objects when surrounded by other similar items.

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Details about special education

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Today a very good explanation of all things legally and officially that you encounter when talking about special education. From legislation to education it is all there, great read.

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Percentages Mental Math

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The Number dyslexia site introduces a way to quickly be able to do percentages mentally. Please try this with your Dyscalculic student and let us know how it goes.

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Math in real life

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Young children may get the impression that Math is something only math teachers do or only exists in school and in books. Parents do good by pointing out Math all through the house and their daily errands. Now Kara Newhouse has written a great blog post highlighting books that help to Humanize Math.

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Early math just as important as early reading

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“Early math skills have the greatest predictive power, followed by reading and then attention skills,” reports a psychology squad led by Greg J. Duncan, in School readiness and later achievement, published in Developmental Psychology in 2007. Follow-up studies continue to confirm the importance of early math skills. The more math-oriented activities kids do before kindergarten, the better they’ll understand math in school. Early math skills foretell higher aptitude in high school math and higher rates of college enrollment. And a 2014 Vanderbilt study determined that for “both males and females, mathematical precocity early in life predicts later creative contributions and leadership in critical occupational roles.”

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Dyscalculia and Covid-19

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Students with learning disabilities need stability, predictability and spiral review as much as possible. With many schools closing for weeks this may cause serious disruption to the carefully build up progress over the course of this school year. I’m happy that the OSERS have seen this and has sent out the guidance in our link for today, emphasizing that students in special education need to continue to receive their services. If your school decides other wise, send them a copy of this guidance and ensure the continued support for our learning disabled students.

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ANS not a good predictor of math achievement

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New research with a large sample size has now confirmed that ANS tasks are not suitable as measures of math development in school‐age populations.  The researchers studied other cognitive functions that can replace this as a good measure for Math development in school-age populations, read the article in our link for today to find out what they are.

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Dyscalculia Cool

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OK you are cool when you are in the urban dictionary. That means that the people below 30isch use that word and older people need to look it up. Well Dyscalculic has now entered the urban dictionary!

Well Dyslexia was already in there from 2007 and Dyscalculia from 2012 but still more awareness is good.

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