It only takes one teacher

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It only takes one teacher to recognize that you have a problem and do something about it. We have now made it easier for teachers to screen for possible dyscalculia by introducing the DyscalculiaScreener.

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Dyscalculia explained in a comic

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(click through to the twitter post from AdhdBri to see the whole comic)

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Game show and Dyscalculia

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The Challenge: Double Agents‘ 17th episode aired this week and it had an exciting mini final for the female competitors that allowed fans to see how the final four women compare in terms of physical and mental ability. One of the competitors, rookie Amber Borzotra, was seen struggling during the daily challenge when she was unable to solve the math equation at the first checkpoint.

The Big Brother star remained at the first checkpoint attempting to solve it until the other competitors finished the daily challenge and she came in last with her partner Fessy Shafaat. After the episode aired, Amber took to social media to tell fans of the show that she has dyscalculia, a math learning disability often referred to as “number dyslexia” or “math dyslexia.”

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Warm demanders for math

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Warm demanders know students’ cultures, have strong relationships with students, and demand that they maximize their efforts, show respect, and follow classroom norms.  Warm demanders communicate their expectations of success by using personal warmth, while using instructional practices that insist on students meeting their high expectations.  From this perspective, caring in more than an affective connection between students and teachers.  It is actually a means for shaping students’ disposition towards mathematics, molding their mathematical identity, and developing students’ sense of agency by helping them believe that they can do mathematics.   

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Helping your child with dyscalculia

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The child mind institute has a nice page with tips on how to help your child with dyscalculia.

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You can also use Dr Schreuder’s video series: MomsTeachMath

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Language matters

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Solving a mathematical problem starts with the understanding of what is asked for first. Impact Wales provides this nice list of explanations, very useful.

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A picture book about dyscalculia

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Cassidy and the Mixed Up Numbers, listen to the podcast in the link below.

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Learning Disability detection

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The YourHealthMagazine.net has a nice overview of how to detect learning disabilities. It is important to detect learning disabilities as early as possible, to get the remediation started early and give the children the support they deserve.

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Telling time and dyscalculia

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Considering that difficulties in reading clocks in early classes can be an early indicator of
dyscalculia, classroom teachers may need to pay close attention to the difficulties experienced by six and seven-year-old children (Burny et al., 2012). In addition, considering the procedural, semantic,
and spatial difficulties experienced by dyscalculic children, certain adaptations can be made to make it
easier for them to learn to read clocks.

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Participate in a study

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The Accessibility User Research Collective (AURC) would like to invite people with dyslexia or dyscalculia to be a part of an accessibility research study being conducted by Microsoft. 

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Can abacus help dyscalculia?

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Students with an abacus course demonstrated better performance in arithmetic computation and spatial short-term memory after controlling for age, gender, grade, and other basic cognitive abilities. The results suggest that the abacus course could be an effective tool for DD intervention in natural education settings.

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Roblox and dyscalculia

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See the story from a reddit reader about the problems getting into roblox with the safety features that cause issues for those with dyscalculia.

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You do not outgrow dyscalculia

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“It is not really easy to outgrown dyscalculia, that is why even in adulthood one can still have dyscalculia, and so to manage it, there should be repeated practice of basic math concepts, such as counting and addition, private one-on-one home tutoring. Master basic skills before moving on to higher-order skills – don’t try algebra before basic addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication skills are mastered.

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Therapy for special needs from five months

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Therapy for children with special needs can start as early as five months of age, as brain development happens at a faster pace during the first five years of life. Therefore, if the doctors are able to identify the developmental symptoms early and can intervene at an early stage, then the chances of success for the child are higher.

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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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