Dyscalculia is a specific learning disability in math. Kids with dyscalculia may have difficulty understanding number-related concepts or using symbols or functions needed for success in mathematics. There is hope for children struggling with Dyscalculia. The most effective treatment for dyscalculia, just like with dyslexia, is an early diagnosis. The earlier the problem is identified, the earlier that children with this disorder can learn the necessary tools to help them adapt to a new learning process, and the more likely they are to avoid learning delays, self-esteem problems, and other more serious disorders. But don’t worry! Even if your student is older, you can still help them!
Ronit Bird Specialist
Ronit Bird’s approach to teaching numeracy – and the idea that drives all her books – is that we should be teaching for understanding, in a hands-on and multi-sensory way, and not through rote-learning or memorized procedures. Working with concrete and highly visual materials, such as Cuisenaire rods, is an ideal way to explore numbers and the relationships between numbers in a way that enables children to discover facts for themselves and develop true conceptual understanding. Offering plenty of mathematical games is a good way of motivating children to spend time on those facts or topics they need to practice without realizing how much learning and reinforcement is happening as they play.