Royal Canadian Recognition for Dyscalculia Scholar

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91 Researchers have been recognized by the Royal Society of Canada in the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, Canada’s first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership.

One we want to highlight here:

Daniel Ansari, Faculty of Social Science, conducts research to examine children’s typical and atypical (Developmental Dyscalculia) numerical and mathematical skills at both behavioural (cognition) and neural levels of analysis. Ansari’s research programme is paving new avenues for the identification of children who have difficulty with math, seeking to address these problems early in development before they become life-long barriers to success.

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Free math program! But is it right for dyscalculia kids?

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Here is a FREE math program. It is for the summer and online. Not sure if there will be some follow up marketing after you sign up and I have not had a change to review it to see if it is suitable for kids with dyscalculia but a free program is too good not to mention it here. Go check it out and let me know what you think.

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Well being before Math test performance

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A good thought from down-under! They warn against an over emphasis on rigid testing and an environment that creates high anxiety for our children.

“We should celebrate our culture instead of just ‘train’ our students to perform well on rigid tests that don’t allow for creative thinking.”

“We should stop comparing apples with oranges and consider critical indicators such as social and wellbeing factors when evaluating education,”

Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/student-wellbeing-most-vital-says-expert-20140508-37ypb.html#ixzz31E7RWmF2

 

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Is China the answer to our Math problems?

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A story from the UK with the writer being critical of looking at china to improve math learning. It should fit socially and culturally. Lots of research is available but there is little funding and time and thus the children who are weakest in Math will suffer the career consequences.

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Questions about dyscalculia and dyslexia support in Europe

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The European Union has a rule 117 that goes as follows:

Rule 117  : Questions for written answer

1.    Any Member may put questions for written answer to the President of the European Council, the Council, the Commission or the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy in accordance with guidelines laid down in an annex to these Rules of Procedure(1) . The content of questions shall be the sole responsibility of their authors.

2.    Questions shall be submitted in writing to the President who shall forward them to the addressees. Doubts concerning the admissibility of a question shall be settled by the President. The questioner shall be notified of his decision.

3.    If a question cannot be answered within the time limit set it shall, at the request of the author, be placed on the agenda for the next meeting of the committee responsible. Rule 116 shall apply mutatis mu t andis .

Since the chair of a committee is empowered by Rule 193(1) to convene a meeting of that committee, it is up to him, in the interest of the proper organisation of proceedings, to determine the draft agenda of the meeting he has convened. This prerogative is without prejudice to his obligation under Rule 117(3) to place a written question, at the request of its author, on the draft agenda for the next meeting of the committee. However, the chair has the discretionary power to propose, in the light of political priorities, the agenda and procedural arrangements for the meeting (e.g. a procedure without debate, possibly with the adoption of a decision on action to be taken, or, where appropriate, a recommendation to carry over the item to a subsequent meeting).

 

4.    Questions which require an immediate answer but not detailed research (priority questions) shall be answered within three weeks of being forwarded to the addressees. Each Member may table one priority question each month.

Other questions (non-priority questions) shall be answered within six weeks of being forwarded to the addressees.

Members shall indicate which type of question they are submitting. The final decision shall be taken by the President.

 

5.    Questions and answers shall be published in the Official Journal of the European Union .

So here is a member who is now asking Questions about the support for Dyslexia and Dyscalculia and in general children with learning disabilities:

Parliamentary questions
15 January 2014
E-000349-14
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Roberta Angelilli (PPE)

 

 Subject:  Possible funding for a project for children with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLDs)

Specific Learning Disabilities (SLDs) are neurobiological in origin, affecting approximately 2.5-3% of school-age children and evident as an impairment in reading, writing and arithmetic skills.

The best known of these is dyslexia, which affects reading speed and/or accuracy, often also affecting the understanding of the text being read.

SLDs are closely associated with one another: reading difficulties (dyslexia) are often also associated with problems with spelling (dysorthography), handwriting (dysgraphia) and arithmetic (dyscalculia).

They concern intelligent children, who do not have sensory (vision, hearing) and neurological problems and who have had plenty of opportunity to become familiar with written language.

SLDs are unfortunately the leading cause of educational failure in children, and, if not identified in time, can lead to major psychological problems such as anxiety and depression as well as possible failure to attend school.

To avoid these and other consequences, it is necessary to identify the special educational needs of each child through compensatory measures. These are educational tools and technologies that help children deal with an activity that is made difficult by the disability, but without making their task any easier in educational terms. To this end, the JOINT TO LEARN project launched by an Italian non-profit organisation, provides teaching that is flexible but above all individualised and personalised. It does not use aids targeted at an individual disorder but simply uses augmented reality in a 3D environment, and thus human-machine interaction that helps children to increase their attention time and their potential. The project is based essentially on a teaching course that is developed through a logical strand of stories and adventures as well as through repetitive exercises that allow children to learn while having fun.

Given the above, can the Commission answer the following questions:

1.

Is funding available for non-profit organisations set up for social care purposes?

2.

Are there any funds dedicated to projects for helping children with Specific Learning Disabilities?

3.

What is the overall situation?

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Fun with Math

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If you have come to this blog, chances are that you are not having so much fun with Math but today we brighten it up by linking to some fun facts about math.

The writer of the fun facts does not seem to be very well informed about dyscalculia and treats it with a bit of a dismissive comment but still the other fun facts are worth sharing. Enjoy!

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A ribbon for Dyscalculia

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Many illnesses and causes have a ribbon to show your support. We all know the pink ribbons from the breast cancer survivors and here is a page with lots more ribbons.

As the writer in today’s link points out there is no ribbon for Dyscalculia yet so here is the attempt:

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Teachers and Dyscalculia

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Teachers are the ones who get confronted with Dyscalculia without knowing it, without being certain about it and they will have to determine if the child is “just not that good at math” or that there is a learning disability that needs attention.

How do you deal with that, how to you ensure you provide the right advice.

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Dyscalculia various forms

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Dyscalculia comes in many forms, hence there is no silver bullet to cure it. The link we provide you today breaks it down in many small pieces. As you can see from the list, some are categories that really tie Dyslexia and Dyscalculia together. If someone can not understand or read the assignment, how can we then expect them to provide an answer that is only remotely good?

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A new initiative

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Here is someone who dreams about having all the help and information about Dyscalculia and other learning disabilities available in one place. A great plan and we wish her all the best and will support the plan where possible. They have a catchy name for the website although there isn’t anything to see yet.

dysenablia.com

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everyone can be a winner in the numbers game

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Think you’re rubbish at maths? Think again – without arithmetic, everyday life would defeat us. With a little confidence the world of figures is at your fingertips, says Sue Nelson.

 I believe that at least some of these problems are easily solved. Because the British can count; it’s our growing lack of confidence that is the issue. The good news is that new psychological tricks may be enough to open up the world of numbers to millions.

Mathematics is perceived as “hard” – impossible to master unless you have the “right” sort of brain. Maths, like playing chess at a high level, has a geeky, cerebral image that can be intimidating. But the reality is that we do maths all the time; modern life would be impossible without it.

Our brains are constantly at work adding and subtracting, dividing and multiplying. Visit any town on market day and stallholders use mental arithmetic fast enough to rival Carol Vorderman. Shoppers evaluate supermarket offers and bargain-hunters rapidly calculate the potential savings on a 25 per cent discount.

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