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.
Not specific for Dyscalculia but the writer of this story in our link for today. gives great tips that you can use when you want to prepare your child with special needs for a trip to one of the Disney places.
It takes careful planning and preparation or it will all be too overwhelming. Great read.
Some of the larger tech companies have a good way of recruiting and maintaining a neurodivers crew. They see the benefits and know how to approach it. Some of them open up about how they do this on the page in our link for today.
A group researchers from Norway has now developed a theory that, like Dyslexia, Dyscalculia also can be impacted or caused by vision problems. A new app can make it easier to investigate the issue. It can help to determine if someone is struggling with visual processing associated with rapid changes in their surroundings.
The wonderful Kahn academy has now also embraced the process of spiral review.
In an email they explained it as follows:
We’re thrilled to announce that one of the most requested features in Khan Academy’s history is coming to you on February 3: Personalized Spiral Review in Course Mastery!What’s Spiral Review? Spiral Review provides spaced repetition of the skills your students have already started practicing. Research shows that by spiraling these skills over time and across lessons, students minimize learning loss and boost knowledge retention.What does it look like for students? Starting February 3, your students will start unlocking Mastery Challenges at the top of the course page in Course Mastery-enabled math classes whenever they’ve:
Achieved Familiarity in at least three skills
And reached Proficiency in at least one skill
And then they’ll get six personalized questions (based on time elapsed since last practice and level of proficiency) to hone their expertise:
Achieving equity for all students is quite a challenge for many schools. This also goes for the children with learning disabilities who need this more then ever. The Waterford.org site has a good article about it. Best quote:
“The route to achieving equity will not be accomplished through treating everyone equally,”
As there is no general mandated screening for Dyscalculia yet, we need to assess as a minimum students with an increased risk for Dyscalculia, those would be students with ADHD, Dyspraxia, and Dyslexia. A quick checklist is available HERE (free registration required) or a Math and Dyscalculia Screening Test is HERE
Universal music comes out with this handbook in order to encourage the music industry to have more neurodiversity.
The handbook highlights that while almost all creative companies recognise the value of neurodiversity – with ND people more than likely to have creative talents – only very few have ND-friendly policies and practices. The book gives practical solutions for companies to change this, offering ways for them to make their recruitment, mentorship and career progression more accessible to ND people.
When your student feels they are so different from others with their learning disability, no worries, we are all different, see the list with no less than 34 types of diversity recognized in any workplace.
Simply performing poorly in maths does not necessarily mean that a student has a specific learning disorder in this area. There are a number of reasons why an individual may find it more challenging to develop their numeracy skills
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.
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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