The case for musical dyslexia

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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?

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Dyscalculia how do you know if you or your child have it?

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The times of India gives a nice list with symptoms to look out for in case you wonder if you or your child has dyscalculia.

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Dyscalculia Services also has a nice free checklist you can try: HERE

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FUNCTIONAL MATHEMATICS

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See the research done by Dr. Jeewan Jyoti about

FUNCTIONAL MATHEMATICS: PROBLEMS
AND INTERVENTION OF DYSCALCULIC
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS

RESULTS

  1. 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.
  2. There is a significant impact of the Intervention Program on the mathematical performance of dyscalculic
    VIIIth grade students on mathematical disability: Functional mathematics.
  3. 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.

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Spatial reasoning in early childhood

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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.

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Parents can assess numeracy

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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.

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Go travel to experience Dyscalculia

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Larissa Chan used a nice metaphor in her speech at the mathsconf25:

when we have foreign coins we recognize them but it takes effort to know which is which and use them – this is how numbers can be for students.

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Don’t confuse Math Anxiety with Dyscalculia

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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.

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Dyscalculia in adults

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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.

You can do this check list on the one from Dyscalculia Services.

You could also do the math and dyscalculia screening test for an online more extensive screening. (use grade 9 if you are an adult)

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New tool for dyscalculia?

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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.

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You are NOT your dyscalculia

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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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The trouble with math

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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.

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Math Moms and Dads

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On facebook they now have a math Moms and math Dads support group. Go find it here

Dr Schreuder also has a video series to help parents, helping their child with math homework, see that HERE

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Math anxiety

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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.

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Spin the wheel for numeracy

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Nice new tool you can use to train numeracy. Look around on this site as it has great other tools to use also.

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Strategies to help people with dyscalculia

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Great strategies presented here by Kathleen McGarvey. Check their youtube channel for some more.

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India’s Supreme Court recognizes dyscalculia

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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)

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Podcast about dyscalculia

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Listen to this interesting podcast from the Understood organization about dyscalculia

We also have our podcasts about news and views about dyscalculia, click the link for today below.

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Accelerate Learning for Students with Disabilities During COVID-19 and Beyond

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The National Center for Learning Disabilities has written a report on how we can use some opportunities to accelerate learning for students with disabilities during the pandemic and even beyond.

The report is easy to read and has real policy proposals and implementation recommendations.

Read all about it: HERE

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Early Childhood Development and Lifelong Health Are Deeply Intertwined

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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.

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Royal awareness for Dyscalculia

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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”.

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Stay away from timed tests

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The Dyslexia Octopus shares a good story about why timed tests are no good for children with dyslexia and I would venture to say that the same would be true for children with dyscalculia.

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Loving math

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BOLD, the blog for learning and development, has published interesting findings about what keeps children from not liking math and what to do about it. Read all about it in our link for today.

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Clever trick for the times table of 3

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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.

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Manipulatives when working from home

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In these days of working from home it is still important to work with manipulatives to explain math concepts to the student. Certainly the ones who have dyscalculia.

One wonderful source for that is the polypad from Mathigon. A rich source of various colorful manipulatives. It seems the best alternative for sitting next to the student with real manipulatives.

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Dyscalculics need it in their hands before it enters their head

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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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