It is hard to recognize a learning disability in your child. Many parents do not want to see it, many parents eventually see it late.
HERE is a nice short cheat sheet with the symptoms to look for.
We all want the best for our children and one of the ways to ensure they get the support they deserve in school is to be on the lookout for signs that may indicate something is going on. If you are not sure, TEST, it can never hurt.
You can do a FREE Dyscalculia Screener/Checklist here in the left navigation bar(free registration required)
Or at DyscalculiaTesting.com you can do a more comprehensive Math and Dyscalculia Screening Test for $27.50. This will give you a five page report by email with lots of information.
Dyscalculia is the forgotten learning disability and many children do not get diagnosed or do not receive the support they need and deserve.
We work hard to bring awareness of Dyscalculia to the educational community and we try to make services to re-mediate Dyscalculia available, on site but now also more and more online to ensure people outside our working area will have access.
Today we can introduce our online Dyscalculia Tutor Training. It is a course that will teach you to become an independent Dyscalculia Tutor and start supporting students with the Math Learning Disability or Dyscalculia. Call us for information or visit the new site:
We are getting great feedback on our site DyscalculiaAware.org designed for teachers and counselors who want to get more knowledge about Dyscalculia.
Many people now take advantage of our online Math and Dyscalculia Screening Test and it is available through DyscalculiaTesting.com
Parents and teachers who work with elementary children on math every day find lots of value in the 35 videos with demonstrations by Dr. Schreuder on how you can teach the most prominent Math concepts and keep it fun. See it at MomsTeachMath.com
We continue to offer our webinars in three main timezones, see if it fits your schedule at Webinars.DyscalculiaTrainingCenter.com
As always email us with any questions DrSchreuder@DyscalculiaServices.com , let’s make this a stellar Math Year!
Educational therapy is personalized help so students can reach their full potential.
While regular tutoring focuses on helping students with home work and review for tests and quizzes, educational therapy has a different and complimentary focus and works on development and long term retention of basic math skills and can be started when regular math tutoring is not effective or not effective enough. Educational therapy is for students who seem to know it one day and forget it the next.
Educational therapy combines general study techniques and organizational skills for learning with specific attention for a subject, while also addressing psychological aspects like self confidence and persistence.
After getting a good feel for a student’s skills in a specific subject, the educational therapist selects tools and techniques to address the issues that stand in the way of reaching the student’s full potential. These techniques are demonstrated and practiced during educational therapy sessions so that the student learns to apply them in school or when doing homework or studying independently.
Educational therapy is never ‘one size fits all’, and always personalized. For some students the emphasis lies on study techniques in general, that may carry over and help the student to become successful in several subjects. For some students the emphasis is predominantly on an area of weakness or LD such as dyslexia or dyscalculia. Although there is some overlap and students may have characteristics of both LD’s, it is now a clear that these LD’s need there own approach. Intervention for Math Learning Disability (MLD) and dyscalculia asks for a very different way of teaching new concepts and how to apply them, to develop fluency and check for understanding than intervention for reading and they are usually provided by different specialists.
Ideally, educational therapy should be tailored to fit the educational needs of a student like a glove, making it easier to handle the educational ‘hot potato’
Tutoring children with Dyscalculia is most effective when done one on one. As it is valuable that the children continue to explore math between sessions, apps are a real good tool.
Apps come in all kind of forms and varieties. Many are free and some cost lots of money or give options to buy additional options from inside the app.
For an app to be effective for our purpose, I look for these things:
- What does my student need to learn now?
- Emphasize conceptual understanding
- Balance entertainment and learning
- How ‘busy’ is the screen?
- How many adds?
- How are mistakes handled?
- Reward for getting things right?
- Do you see the results?
Below I show some of my favorite apps. I do not get paid to review these apps and I am also not involved in the development of these apps. Just a recommendation from my experience with these apps.