Subject: Take 2 steps forward 1 step back, dyscalculia.
To whom it may concern,
The subject you saw above is the title of a project whcih myself and my friend are doing for the young scientist exhibition in Ireland.This is a competition held every year to encourage secondary school students to explore the different areas of science.Last year we developed a math program on a computer disk.
It was for 7-8 year old children. We thought that if the children could interact with their work then it would appeal to them more.We included bright graphics and animation and we "tested" it on some local school children and it proved a success. This year we were just planning to develop our program into book format, but we "discovered" dyscalculia during our research. We were completely unfamiliar to it, even though one of us has two brothers with dyslexia. So we have decided to develop a math book to try and make people aware of the problem of dyscalculia and to try and combat the problem.
We would be greatful for any help that anybody could offer us in this area.
Thank you for reading this, Úna and Paula.
Dyscalculia is very rare. People who think they can't do math -- they're everywhere. Is it the latter group you're trying to help? (Lots and lots of people with dyslexia or other LDs also have trouble with math because of the symbolism and abstractness involved -- but it's not an inherent disability in comprehending quantities or mathematical concepts.)
If you're trying to figure out how to take your math program and make it work for more people -- great :) I collected some links on that and I'll post 'em online in the next day or so and post the link.
Frankly, a book produced quickly by people who started out completely unfamiliar to the problem they're writing about may be a lot less valuable than a good math program for people without dyscalculia!! There's a major dearth of quality math software out there and books aren't much better.