With many of the schools closed for either an extended Spring Break or even longer to fight the spread of the new virus, many parents find themselves challenged with providing some Math lessons for their children.
If you google you can find worksheets but explaining some of the concepts is a more difficult task. For this purpose, our sister site, MomsTeachMath, has an offer of 50% off (use coupon code: COVID-19) the video series with 35 videos with clear explanations and demonstrations, by Dr Schreuder, on how to explain Math to your elementary school child. It also features about 150 downloadable templates, games and resources to get started immediately.
This is an important question with implications for the remediation of the condition.
At this moment there is no generally agreed definition about what Dyscalculia is but there are now, thanks to a working group from the UK, guidelines that you can follow to ensure you get the right diagnosis.
It starts with a few key principles to distiquis Dyscalculia and a special learning disability from other difficulties with math:
1. Difficulties must be unexpected in relation to age, level of education, level of experience and level of other attainments:
2. Difficulties should be specific and persistent.
3. Difficulties must not be solely caused by other factors such as:
Inappropriate teaching or gaps in mathematics education Social and personal factors which adversely affect attitude/motivation with regard to learning mathematics
Incomplete mastery of the language of instruction (e.g. EAL/ESL)
General learning difficulties
4. Difficulties should not arise from another neurological, physical or mental health condition.
Next it proposes a definition for Dyscalculia and other Math difficulties:
Dyscalculia is a specific and persistent difficulty in understanding numbers which can lead to a diverse range of difficulties with mathematics. It will be unexpected in relation to age, level of education and experience and occurs across all ages and abilities.
Mathematics difficulties are best thought of as a continuum, not a distinct category, and they have many causal factors. Dyscalculia falls at one end of the spectrum and will be distinguishable from other mathematics issues due to the severity of difficulties with number sense, including subitising, symbolic and non-symbolic magnitude comparison, and ordering. It can occur singly but can also co-occur with other specific learning difficulties, mathematics anxiety and medical conditions.
If you are already familiar with Dyslexia, it is easier to understand the things that happen when you have Dyscalculia. Although they are very different, here is an overview of where you see how it affects people similarly.
Yes we will most likely all make some New Year’s resolutions but today I don’t want to talk about the “loose weight” or “move more” kind of resolution, today I want to highlight the need to support your student in their troubles with math.
Too many excuses are generally made for troubles that students experience in class with math.
“Math is just not their thing”, “They are still very playful”, “They’ll grow into it”, “This is just not a topic they are interested in”.
All excuses that could mask a genuine issue with the math learning for your student. This can lead to them not liking going to math class and create anxieties.
You want to know exactly what is happening and if there would be the need for additional support.
So take advantage of our online Math and Dyscalculia Screening Test and make it your New Year’s resolution to find out what is going on. The test is priced at only $27.50 make it accessible for most. Shortly after completing the test an approximate five page report is emailed to you.
– New module for the Dyscalculia Tutor Training – Math and Dyscalculia Screening Test improved – Advent Calendar online
Exciting news from our Dyscalculia Tutor Training
We have finished a new Module: Dyscalculia Tutoring Geometry Concepts 1-4 This is now ready for enrollment. To celebrate this launch and Small Business Saturday we have a coupon code for you for 15% off ending Monday December 2nd. Use coupon code: SBS (the coupon code will be applied in your final checkout) Access the new Module HERE Access the Dyscalculia Training Center with all available courses HERE The completion of this module means that our Dyscalculia Tutor Training nears completion
We are working hard on the completion of our final module: Graphs, Charts, and Data Analysis (module #1-5)
Math and Dyscalculia Screening Test updated and improved
The navigation of the Math and Dyscalculia Screening Test has been dramatically improved. In the new system you can still do a Math and Dyscalculia Screening Test and get a report emailed to you within a short period after finishing the Test. Now you can make an account and get the Test resend to you. Also you may now take a break as the Test will save your work at some points, wait until the system tells you it is ok to take a break. With your account you can now order regular tests to see any improvement and have them all available to you in your account. In the background we have improved and added more flexibility so that Dr Schreuder can send you custom tests of several modules. As always, reduced prices exist for those who order more than 10 in any one year, email us for details. You can access the new Math and Dyscalculia Screening Test at https://DyscalculiaTesting.com
2019 Advent Calendar online now
As last year we have a nice advent calendar for you to use with your students during the December month. Access the calendar at Advent.DyscalculiaServices.com Wishing you Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas,
Looking forward to another year of creating awareness, communication, research and remediation of Dyscalculia.
Dr. Anneke Schreuder PhD