We link today to a quiz about dyscalculia. Unfortunately it is a spammy site that hosts the quiz and you can not do anything without signing up for an account. So at your own risk of receiving lots of spam after signing up but it is very nice to see that they use dyscalculia to attract people to their site.
Wonderful study that shows real differences between the brains of typical developing children and those with developmental dyscalculia.
we did find significant differences in regions-of-interest tracts which had previously been related to math ability in children. The major findings of our study were reduced white matter coherence and shorter tract lengths of the left superior longitudinal/arcuate fasciculus and left anterior thalamic radiation in the DD group. Furthermore, lower white matter coherence and shorter pathways corresponded with the lower math performance as a result of the correlation analyses. These results from regional analyses indicate that learning, memory and language-related pathways in the left hemisphere might underlie DD.
Nice article in “The Free Press” from South-Central Minnesota. They make a play of the current political halabalu about the infrastructure and make the point that the infrastructure in education is in need of repair:
How does a color blind kindergartener function? Why isn’t the student with dyscalculia allowed time table charts for classwork and tests? Do decaying roads deserve more specialized attention than students?
Be fair. Replace standardized testing with individualized testing. Identify a child’s learning style so the tester reads to the aural learner. The tactile learner manipulates some test components. Retesting measures the individual’s growth, no comparison with others.
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.
Oh, and the kicker here? The reason I got diagnosed with dyscalculia in the 4th grade was because my 4th grade teacher saw me struggling in the exact same way and recommended that I be tested for a learning disability instead of calling me dumb in front of God and everybody.
(click through to the twitter post from AdhdBri to see the whole comic)
Today's comic is a special one because it discusses #dyscalculia, which co-occurs frequently with #adhd. I personally live with it and it's something I feel should be discussed more often. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/xs5qOP7JNF
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.”
Y’all, I know I suck at math lol. I have what’s called Dyscalculia AKA number dyslexia. It’s a disability I have lived with my entire life. Literally have always struggled..Not my strong suit, but I tried my hardest 🤍 #TheChallenge36
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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?
FUNCTIONAL MATHEMATICS: PROBLEMS AND INTERVENTION OF DYSCALCULIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS
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.
There is a significant impact of the Intervention Program on the mathematical performance of dyscalculic VIIIth grade students on mathematical disability: Functional mathematics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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