Dyslexia and Dyscalculia

Dyscalculia: News from the web:

If you are already familiar with Dyslexia, it is easier to understand the things that happen when you have Dyscalculia. Although they are very different, here is an overview of where you see how it affects people similarly.

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The lingo of learning disabilities

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Exposure magazine gives us a run down of the most commonly used acronyms when talking about learning disabilities or special education.

It is important for you as a parent to know the right words and their meaning so you can participate fully in the discussions.

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Is it really Dyscalculia?

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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.

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top ten tips to teach students with dyscalculia

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See the top ten tips to teach students with dyscalculia as given by the Dyscalculia Association in the UK

  1. Use concrete materials, such as Cuisenaire rods or base ten materials
  2. Spend time exploring these and don’t take them away too soon, they will help to develop the child’s understanding.
  3. Play games with dice and dominoes so that the child can recognise common dot patterns.
  4. Try to encourage the child to use more efficient calculating strategies, such as counting on rather than counting all.
  5. Encourage the child to visualise the maths- by drawing diagrams and using concrete materials to model the maths.
  6. Make the maths practical and multisensory- avoid worksheets.
  7. Spend time on place value so that it is fully understood, this can be a very difficult concept to grasp.
  8. Have a little and often approach- repetition and ‘overlearning’ will help.
  9. Use mathematical language as much as possible and encourage the child to do the same.
  10. Give multiplication grids and number bonds to reduce the stress of having to remember these facts.

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Focus on their strenghts

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When working with students who have learning disabilities it is easy to always look at what their problems are. This way it also prompts the student to focus on their weaknesses with all related problems that this may cause. The article in the link for today shows how you can help the students look at their strengths rather than at their problems. Nice quote: “talk about a sea of strengths around some islands of weaknesses”

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Individual differences in arithmetic

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Great editorial article and 25 other articles with research findings about individual differences in arithmetic. It seems that an average British class of 11-year-olds is likely to contain the equivalent of a 7-year range in arithmetical ability

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Clean air for better academic results

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An emergency situation that turned out to be mostly a false alarm led a lot of schools in Los Angeles to install air filters, and something strange happened: Test scores went up. By a lot. And the gains were sustained in the subsequent year rather than fading away.

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Important when teaching or learning math

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“What do teachers need to know about teaching math? Strategy over speed, and math thinking over rote memorization.” – Stanford Professor Dr Jo Boaler

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ADHD and Dyscalculia

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We have looked at this before but there is a considerable overlap between the students with ADHD and the students with Dyscalculia. This has some impact that is described in the magazine additudemag and we link to that article below.

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Yes there are some famous people with dyscalculia

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Because this learning disability is still pretty much unknown, not many stories of famous folks with Dyscalculia are around but the Dyscalculia Blog came up with a few.

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Dyscalculia in the restaurant

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The writer of our story in today’s link has dyscalculia and works in a restaurant. He does not even check out customers but read on what could still go wrong.

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Boy with his head in the clouds

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Follow this wonderful blog from a family who eventually learns about their child’s learning disabilities and what they did right and what they did wrong.

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Accommodations for dyscalculia

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Are you an educator or parent searching for accommodations to help students with dyscalculia? Well, look no further.  THEEDADVOCATE brings us a great listing of all accommodations you’ll need.

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Don’t forget, you can say Dyscalculia

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Just a reminder for when you are involved in an update to the IEP for your child. Here is what the rule is since 2015:

There is nothing in the IDEA that would prohibit the use of the terms dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia in IDEA evaluation, eligibility determinations, or IEP documents.

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Handy guide for discussion with your consultant

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The people from helpmychildlearn.org have provided a nice handy guide to use when you go talk to a consultant about your child’s possible dyscalculia.

For an online Math and Dyscalculia Screening Test click HERE

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Washline math

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See the wonderful manipulative used as numberline

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Multisensory center

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In New Zealand they have built a multisensory center that caters to a whole host of neurodivers situations, see the details of it in the link for today.

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