Dyscalculia can easily be mistaken for a situation where a child has math anxiety or got for some time inadequate teaching. Late 2019 a committee launched guidance to try and generate a common view among those who diagnose the condition.
In 2017, state lawmakers banned the cap of 8.5% children in special education, which had been in place since 2004. Then in 2018, the U.S. Department of Education found Texas had violated a federal law requiring schools to serve all students with disabilities. Federal administrators ordered Texas to create a plan to correct the problem, starting with identifying children who had been excluded and making up their missed services.
But in an investigation with the Houston Chronicle, Houston Public Media found that the effects of the cap linger, and children continue to be shut out of their right to special education.
Dyscalculia is an under-researched learning difficulty and as a result, there is little guidance for teachers on how to support learners with the condition. The TES website condensed some valuable insights into dyscalculia, the indicators and how to assess for it in this article in our link for today.
A chiropractor may be able to assess the child with dyscalculia and determine whether subluxations exists in his or her spine and or cranial bones. Chiropractic care, craniosacral therapy and other alternative methods can offer a Dyscalculia treatment where a child may begin to notice improvement in their math skills along with other positive health outcomes.
In our link for today the story from someone who kept her troubles with math a secret. Unfortunately our school system is such that this can go unnoticed. A major reason why Dyscalculia is not diagnosed more often. Here is how she explained getting through school without anyone noticing her math troubles:
The reason that I was never tested was that I passed all my classes with As and Bs. My parents figured that I just hated math. They assumed that I just needed to apply myself. Now the reason that I got good grades was that I copied everyone’s homework and was a great student. My test scores would give me away, but the teachers were always okay to bump up my grade or give me extra credit. I was in the honors classes track, so surely I was such a good student so eager to learn that I could not get a C grade or lower.
A new project is underway to develop a bot that can diagnose dyscalculia to speed up the pace of detection. The project needs some more work but at this time you can do the free screener on the home page of Dyscalculia Services (free registration required) or the more comprehensive Math and Dyscalculia Screening Test at https://DyscalculiaTesting.com
Adults with dyscalculia often take longer when working with numbers and may be more prone to making mistakes in calculations. They can also experience higher levels of anxiety and frustration. It may be harder for adults with dyscalculia to learn and recall math facts, such as times tables.
Dr Kinga Morsanyi and the team from the School of Psychology studied the mathematics performance of 2,421 primary school children over a number of school years.
The researchers said they expected the number of pupils with dyscalculia to be similar to those with dyslexia, however from the children studied, 108 children had received an official diagnosis of dyslexia, but just one child had officially been diagnosed with dyscalculia.
Based on the results of the study, the researchers found 112 children who are likely to have the condition.
Dr Morsanyi said: “In society, there is sadly a widespread notion that you need a special talent to be good at maths, and that struggling with maths is normal for some people, but this is not the case and it’s not something we would accept if a pupil was unable to read.”
The study, which was funded by The Nuffield Foundation, found that in almost all cases children who appear to have dyscalculia are not being diagnosed.
Doctors from Indian Academy for Pediatrics (IAP) have come up with Tamilnadu Dyslexia Screening Tool (TSDS), aquestionnaire, which they claim could help diagnose three types of learning difficulties – dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia – among children within half-an-hour.
Some of the math difficulties are due to language, but others are due to calculation errors, reversals, sequence, and direction, place value, as well as errors of verbal labeling and working memory which impact regrouping or carrying numbers.
In the link below are some personality markers that will help you to determine if your child may have some form of learning disability. Remember, the earlier the intervention, the better will be your child’s progress in future.
The case for labeling is made in the article in our link for today:
Labels are tools. Labels are only words to help us define and understand phenomena we see in learning development. When we have children who struggle with learning, labels help us find resources and make connections. Most importantly, labels help us approach learning using appropriate strategies with proven effective outcomes.
Early screening for Dyscalculia is very important to ensure the children get adequate support as soon as possible and prevent later possible Math Anxiety.
Dyscalculia Services has a screener/checklist on their website and many people use that. Now they have also launched this Quick Dyscalculia Screener Checklist as an app for Android (iphone will follow later).
This is a great way to get a fast early screening done. As a teacher you can install it on your phone and screen your whole class to get an early read on who is at risk for Dyscalculia.
The other day a parent approached me and said they needed an evaluation for their child because the school/teacher had said the child had low IQ and ADD. At least they didn’t say the child is stupid and doesn’t pay attention but it is clear that the school probably has not evaluated a learning disability.
They should be referred to http://DyscalculiaAware.org to get an awareness course and the parents can go to https://DyscalculiaTesting.com to get a Math and Dyscalculia Screening test done quick and at low cost as a start.
Remarkable today I get the email from the understood organization, talking about the language teachers use and what it could mean for parents.
Great research that shows that when you have children try to order a set of animal pictures after you have read the names of the animals to them, the success of them being able to do this simple task predicts later Math capabilities. Read the article in the link for today as I’m not doing it proper justice with this summary.
Great recommendation about detection of learning disabilities:
Identifying children at risk for LDs should be a critical component of every school-aged pediatric visit and need not be time-consuming. Sample questions to ask families regarding reading can be found at http://bit.ly/2jhzJO2 and http://bit.ly/2AsjSWh.