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