It’s been known that dyslexia could affect the reading of non-language symbols like dyscalculia is the difficulty reading and understanding mathematical symbols. Although recent research supports the fact dyslexia and dyscalculia as separate conditions with unique causes they definitely are similar conditions. If the brain can process words and mathematical symbols differently, then it leaves the question of why not musical symbols too?
FUNCTIONAL MATHEMATICS: PROBLEMS AND INTERVENTION OF DYSCALCULIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS
There is no significant difference between the scores of Pre-test and Post-test on dyscalculic VIIIth grade students with regard to functional mathematics dimension.
There is a significant impact of the Intervention Program on the mathematical performance of dyscalculic VIIIth grade students on mathematical disability: Functional mathematics.
The trend in the means for Pre-test (9.66) and for the Post-test (14.66) shows that intervention program improved the performance of VIIIth grade student in Post-test as compared to Pre-test scores on functional mathematics dimension.
See the interesting article about how important the spatial reasoning along with mathematical modeling is in early childhood.
Curriculum should include ways to promote spatial reasoning through mathematical modeling to develop students’ conceptual understandings . Mathematical tasks should include both traditional and nontraditional equations The use of mathematical modeling should connect through a progression of enactive models, iconic models, and formal, symbolic models. Iconic models are one way to introduce spatial reasoning tasks and can be integrated throughout the instructional year to increase students’ flexibility with the structure of equations and mathematical competency.
Yes new research has shown that parents can assess numeracy but are not so great when it gets down to rating the actual cognitive skills. Yet this is important research as it shows us a way to be able to assess numeracy in large groups of children when other means of researching them in a timely matter would not be available.
We should not confuse math anxiety with dyscalculia, a math-based learning disability, an inability to process numbers. In dyscalculia, a child has a vague number sense, due to which he has trouble understanding math. On the other hand, math anxiety is the psychological barrier induced by stress due to which one cannot do the math, despite having know-how. Though people with dyscalculia do have some math anxiety symptoms, it is crucial to differentiate between them and provide the child with proper guidance accordingly.
The additudemag blog comes with a self test for adults to see if their math related troubles could be a sign of dyscalculia. They have used a checklist from the dyscalculia.org blog as a basis for this.
Via Twitter they make a passing reference to help for dyscalculia:
Often described as “dyslexia for numbers” #dyscalculia is a learning difference associated with numeracy, affecting the ability to acquire mathematical skills. Time spent with ROMBi helps build foundations for perceptual organisation, reducing issues associated with dyscalculia.
So check out the Rombi and let us know how you feel about it and if it works for you.
Great story from Neela Mischell in the Methow Valley News:
I am a friend, a daughter, a sister, a cousin, a girlfriend, a niece and a granddaughter. I am Indian, I wear glasses and I’m 5 feet tall. I like to paint, draw and listen to music. I am a lover of cats, a poet, an artist and a writer. I believe women’s rights are human’s rights, people can love who they want to love, science is real and kindness is everything. And I have dyscalculia.
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We are looking at a report by Ann Dowker from the University of Oxford and she makes great observations about the What Works for Children with Mathematical Difficulties?
Arithmetic is not a single entity, but is made up of many components. These include knowledge of arithmetical facts; ability to carry out arithmetical procedures; understanding and using arithmetical principles such as commutativity and associativity; estimation; knowledge of mathematical knowledge; applying arithmetic to the solution of word problems and practical problems; etc. Experimental and educational findings with typically developing children, adults with brain damage, and children with mathematical difficulties have shown that it is possible for individuals to show marked discrepancies between almost any two possible components of arithmetic.
Interventions can take place successfully at any time. However, it is desirable that interventions should take place at an early stage, partly because mathematical difficulties can affect performance in other aspects of the curriculum, and partly to prevent the development of negative attitudes and mathematics anxiety. Crucially when planning interventions, it is important to take account of the overwhelming evidence that arithmetical ability is not unitary. It is made up of many components, ranging from knowledge of the counting sequence to estimation to solving word problems. Weaknesses in any one of them can occur relatively independently of weaknesses in the others. Thus, interventions that focus on the particular components with which an individual child has difficulty are likely to be most effective.
The negative link between maths anxiety and maths achievement is well documented across high-income countries, and new research points to a similar relationship in low-income contexts. This global concern needs to be tackled with early interventions for students, and teacher support. Such actions should reduce maths anxiety and improve maths performance.
The Supreme Court took cognizance of the rights of the differently abled and those with learning disabilities in a significant judgment last month. The petitioner, it observed, suffered from dysgraphia (also known as writer’s cramp) and was denied a scribe during the civil service examination because he did not fit the standardised notion of “benchmark disability”.
The ruling may well lead to a better understanding and wider recognition of little-known disabilities such dysgraphia and dyscalculia. The apex court ordered that differently abled citizens be provided with a scribe to facilitate the taking of examinations and directed the Union Government to frame proper guidelines for the purpose.
Read all about it: HERE (scroll down a bit on that page for this particular ruling)
The environments we create and the experiences we provide for young children and their families not only affect the developing brain but also many other physiological systems. Biological systems like the brain and the autonomic nervous system, immune system, heart and gut interact with each other and with the environment and environmental stress negatively influences all of them. Remediation may be possible at any age but outcomes are better and easier to achieve when interventions are provided earlier and more cost effective than trying to fix them later.
This is so cool the Crown Prince of Norway met with people who have learning disabilities.
In the meeting, His Royal Highness said: “It’s not about intelligence at all. It is a disability. If we can manage to facilitate in the right way and find solutions, there is so much good people there – good people that we need in society”.
The maths factor provides some free sample lessons and in our link for today we share the clever trick they use to learn the times table of 3. Children with Dyscalculia are better served with conceptual understanding and working with manipulatives to learn times tables but this trick is just too clever not to share it.
Read the wonderful example in this post from Tony Attwood about how to explain fractions to someone with dyscalculia by doing a little physical exercise. Something they can touch and see. It works better for them this way and brings the true understanding they need in order to be able to relate to the concept later.
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