top ten tips to teach students with dyscalculia

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See the top ten tips to teach students with dyscalculia as given by the Dyscalculia Association in the UK

  1. Use concrete materials, such as Cuisenaire rods or base ten materials
  2. Spend time exploring these and don’t take them away too soon, they will help to develop the child’s understanding.
  3. Play games with dice and dominoes so that the child can recognise common dot patterns.
  4. Try to encourage the child to use more efficient calculating strategies, such as counting on rather than counting all.
  5. Encourage the child to visualise the maths- by drawing diagrams and using concrete materials to model the maths.
  6. Make the maths practical and multisensory- avoid worksheets.
  7. Spend time on place value so that it is fully understood, this can be a very difficult concept to grasp.
  8. Have a little and often approach- repetition and ‘overlearning’ will help.
  9. Use mathematical language as much as possible and encourage the child to do the same.
  10. Give multiplication grids and number bonds to reduce the stress of having to remember these facts.

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Focus on their strenghts

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When working with students who have learning disabilities it is easy to always look at what their problems are. This way it also prompts the student to focus on their weaknesses with all related problems that this may cause. The article in the link for today shows how you can help the students look at their strengths rather than at their problems. Nice quote: “talk about a sea of strengths around some islands of weaknesses”

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ADHD and Dyscalculia

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We have looked at this before but there is a considerable overlap between the students with ADHD and the students with Dyscalculia. This has some impact that is described in the magazine additudemag and we link to that article below.

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Multisensory center

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In New Zealand they have built a multisensory center that caters to a whole host of neurodivers situations, see the details of it in the link for today.

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Getting a 4.0 with ADHD and Dyscalculia

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Here is someone on Tumblr who gives a detailed account of what worked for them to navigate successfully through college. A long but must read for all you out there with ADHD and Dyscalculia.

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Dyscalculia caused by our human GPS

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A quite different take on what could cause dyscalculia in our link for today.

The writer claims it all has to do with a faulty human GPS (proprioceptive & vestibular systems). Dyscalculia is mentioned in a long list of other things that could affect you and it can all be helped with finding a better balance. Long read but worth it.

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DOJ about accommodations

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In the area of math, if a test is to accurately reflect a dyslexic or dyscalculic student’s aptitude or achievement in math, accommodations (like a calculator) must be put in place to ensure the test is accurately assessing the knowledge, understanding, or problem solving ability, rather than processing speed, handwriting ability, or ability to speed or accuracy of retrieving basic math facts.

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Recognize and Assess Dyscalculia

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Dyscalculia is an under-researched learning difficulty and as a result, there is little guidance for teachers on how to support learners with the condition. The TES website condensed some valuable insights into dyscalculia, the indicators and how to assess for it in this article in our link for today.

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Beware of the math gaps

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Effective instruction aimed at the missed or poorly understood concept is the best remedy for a learning gap.  Students need the opportunity to apply the concept in a variety of situations and to ask questions to clear up any misunderstandings. Fixing a learning gap due to a conceptual misunderstanding takes time and practice.

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Executive function and Math

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The EF+Math Program is a new initiative to fund bold approaches through inclusive discovery and development to dramatically increase math outcomes for students in grades 3-8. They focus on students who have been traditionally underserved.

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Apparently these programs do not work

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Dyslexia support Victoria comes out swingnig with a list of programs NOT to recommend for people with learning disabilities. See the list in the link for today.

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The importance of early recognition

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Listen to the podcast in the link for today to hear a broadcast by NPR with Guests talking about various topics concerning all learning disabilities.

When you want to hear podcasts specifically about Dyscalculia you can go to our podcast page

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Qualities of a math tutor

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From Ghana we get this list with qualities a math tutor should have. Great to consider and read through. If you want to become a Dyscalculia Tutor you can do that via our online course at http://DyscalculiaTutor.org

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A hands-on dyscalculia training system

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Dyscalculia affects comprehension of numerical mathematical problems, working with numbers andarithmetics. The article describes work on a training system for an exercise that trains connections betweenverbal and numerical representations of numbers and finger counting. Fingers support embodiedcognition and constitute a natural numerical representation. It describes the design rationale anditerative development process, and first evaluation results for this system that enables children to train without guidance and feedback by a trainer.

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This is what you need to do in the first years of school

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A new study shows that a non-symbolic number comparison task had a significant value in the prediction of the Math competency level pointing to the need to take these kinds of tasks into account in the first years of school.

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What you can do at home with your child with dyscalculia

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As there are not enough tutors available for dyscalculia and generally the schools are not that well versed in remediation of dyscalculia, in our link for today a few suggestions by the understood organization on what to do with your child at home.

You can also get Dr Schreuder’s video series: “MomsTeachMath” that gives about 35 videos and lots of downloadable materials to work with your student.

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