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Posted Sep 21, 2010 at 11:02:46 AM
Subject: questions from 'new-to-this'

Hello, I have a student with a visual-processing disorder in my geometry class. I would like to know if what I'm observing is due to the disorder and how to work with her more effectively.
I noticed that on a few of the questions, the question would ask for a “point” and she would give a “segment” as the answer. Is this due to the disorder?
Also, in order to help the students prepare for the exam, I printed out labels of the theorems and postulates which they were to place on index cards. Then, on the back of the cards they were to draw a diagram to represent the theorem or postulate. Would it have been better to provide the diagrams myself or is it more effective to have the student try to draw it?

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geodob2
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Posted:Sep 22, 2010 8:09:50 AM

Hi Laurie and welcome here,
You wrote that your student has a visual-processing disorder, though I would ask whether it may be a spatial-processing disorder?
As both work in combination, though play a different role in 'maths thinking'.
While a segment can be represented visually, it is conceptualised in the mind, spatially.
What is the difference between a 'point' and a 'segment'?
Basically that segment reprepresents quantity, the space between 2 or more points.
Though spatial-processing is what isolates the space between these points, and locates it within the whole.
But with a spatial-processing disorder, segments are not concieved of in relation to the whole.
Though an indication of a spatial-processing disorder, would be if she has difficulty with reading the time, on an analogue clock/watch?
Where seconds, minutes, hours are segments.

But spatial-processing is also what gives numbers quantity. Which is the difference between the way that we think of numbers and letters of the alphabet. So that with 2+3=5. 2 and 3 are concieved of as segments that form 5 when brought tegether.
Laurie, I run a forum for maths disorder Dyscalculia. Which I would invite you to visit.
http://www.dyscalculiaforum.com/news.php<br />

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