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Math & Dyscalculia

Frequent questions

  • Question 1: What strategies can be used to overcome math difficulties?
  • Question 2: What part of the brain works when you are doing math? How can this concept be explained to my child and to my child’s teachers?
  • Question 3: I am looking for written resources or computer programs to use in my classroom to help teach my students with math disabilities. Do you have any recommendations?

Expert answers

1) What strategies can be used to overcome math difficulties?

Although a good deal is known about reading-related learning disabilities (dyslexia), much less is known about math-related learning disabilities (dyscalculia). Research has revealed some interesting things about dyscalculia. Often, people with dyscalculia are highly intelligent and able to succeed very well academically.

LD OnLine's section on math skills has a number of relevant articles including:

Other articles about strategies that work well with students who have learning disabilities and are struggling with mathematics include:

2) What part of the brain works when you are doing math? How can this concept be explained to my child and to my child’s teachers?

Often referred to as dyscalculia, math-related learning disabilities are complex and require intervention by skillful teachers to help students achieve success. LD OnLine's section on math skills has a number of helpful articles.

Mathematics is cognitive process-thinking that requires the dual coding of imagery and language. A child who is a strong reader may be able to read and understand the article listed below, or an adult can read it and translate it into clear concepts that are easier to understand.

3) I am looking for written resources or computer programs to use in my classroom to help teach my students with math disabilities. Do you have any recommendations?

There are many technology tools to choose from today, and more are constantly being developed. We have provided a few suggestions below for websites that identify programs and help teachers obtain access to current information. Test out a variety of products to find a good match. Many companies offer free demos or 30-day-trials; if you ask, they can even cover shipping and handling costs. Take advantage of these options as much as possible and you'll have a better sense of what works for you and your students.

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