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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
How do we help our students build mathematical understandings that endure past the unit test? If we want students to construct strong, reliable bases of mathematical knowledge, our instruction needs to do more than present explicit procedures—even when that’s done well. Providing lots of opportunities for students to reason can help. So can understanding and leveraging the progression of learning across grade levels. But what does that look like in practice? Let’s examine a single topic in grade 7: solving inequalities.
Nearly a third of children with ADHD also have a math learning disability. These conditions and other comorbidities, when present in the same patient, are never separate and distinct. Their symptoms impact and complicate one another in ways that educators and clinicians must take into account when designing effective remediation strategies.
Dyscalculia is characterized by insufficient comprehension, problem-solving, and strategies. For example, unable to envision and mentally manipulate numbers to calculate, fingers and tally marks serve as auxiliary memory, reinforced by touch and thinking aloud. Unable to consistently recall math facts, dyscalculics may count out even small numbers, add repeatedly to multiply, and subtract repeatedly to divide. On the spot, they’re unable to quickly figure change due, when paying with cash. Talking to themselves helps to keep ideas in mind.
The = sign is often misunderstood. It may be because the calculators use it to provide an answer so students start thinking that = means “an answer is coming” Where in reality it only means “equality”. See the blog post in our link for today that explains it clearly.
Sometimes they say:”Less is more” well that is how I feel about this website, in our link for today. A very short and concise but to the point explanation of what Dyscalculia is, Great awareness by a UK neuro diversity expert and speaker.
Here is an interesting piece of research. it appears that when children at the age of four can recognize and draw our Arabic numbers, this is a predictor of how well they will do with arithmetic at six years of age.
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