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Q: What Are the Best Tests for Dyscalculia? What About the Feifer Test?

Dyscalculia, or a math learning disability is important to identify because formal identification can qualify a student for accommodations both in the classroom and for high stakes tests. It can co-occur with dyslexia and it is under-recognized.

We previously reviewed tests that can be used to identify dyscalculia HERE.

In our clinic, we liked to use […]

[PREMIUM] How Do Math-Talented Dyslexics Do Calculations?

Despite the suggestion that dyslexic students who are strong in math use a different approach for doing basic mathematical operations, it’s surprising how little formal research has been done to figure out how math-gifted dyslexic individuals do what they do.

At Georgetown University, neuroscience researchers were surprised to find

Ways to Keep Math Alive

1. CARD GAMES
With a little twist, card games like War and Go Fish can be used to help kids hold onto math facts and math manipulations over the summer. If War (higher card win) is too simple, then Subtraction War (figuring out the difference between two cards) might be just the right amount of […]

HOW TO HELP WITH ALGEBRA: Positive and Negative Numbers

Math Tips for Dyslexia: Some students have difficulty using a number line because of right-left difficulties and the fact that there are some counter-intuitive principles when dealing with positive and negative numbers (the negative of a negative number is a positive).

What might make more intuitive sense is considering positive and negative numbers in terms […]

Calculator Use: Accommodation or No?

A teacher writes, “I have a new student who transferred from a public charter school. She has an IEP accommodation for a calculator use for anything involving math calculations. But I’m wondering whether providing a calculator is changing standards? Is she learning how to use a calculator rather than learning how to do […]

[PREMIUM] DYSLEXIA AND MATH: Error Analysis

Some 60% of dyslexic students have problems with math (10% excel at math). Reasons for math difficulties include math facts retrieval, difficulty remembering formula and multi-stepped procedures, sequencing issues, symbol confusion, and difficulty with the language of math. These problems, in addition to timed tests and impossible-to-complete homework assignments, contribute to math anxiety and frustration. […]
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Dyslexic Advantage Newsletter September 2017

September 2017 Dyslexic Advantage newsletter includes:
Weta Workshop Creative Director Sir Richard Taylor
Ptahra Helps New York’s Dyslexia Bill Become Law
Sabrina Brazzo, Dyslexic Ballerina
How to Respond to Negative Self-Talk
Best Practices for Dyslexia
Calculator Use: Accommodation or No?
When Spelling Words Don’t Stick
National Association of School Psychologists Speaks Out on Dyslexia Screeners
Beyond Combination Locks
Microsoft Updates Immersive Reader
How Can I […]