The Dyscalculia Centre provides a range of information on dyscalculia which can be accessed through the headings above. 

If you are interested in being tested yourself for dyscalculia, or testing a child there are details in these three articles:

Testing: information for teachers

Testing: information for parents

Testing: information for adults who think they may be dyscalculic.

 

SUPPORT MATERIALS

Books of activities to support dyscalculic adults and children

The Dyscalculia Centre has also published several books that can be used to help dyscalulic people of all ages overcome their difficulties with maths.  These books are intended to be used by the dyscalculic person working alongside a teacher or a friend who has average ability in maths.  They are also suitable for a parent who wishes to help her or his child.

Ordering details are given at the end

 

  • Dyscalculia activities 1: addition to division: - copiable resource of activities to teach the four basic functions to children

Dyscalculia activities 1: addition to division works from the basis that virtually everyone who has particular difficulties with mathematics has problems because they have failed to grasp one or more of the fundamental principles of maths, and it is this that causes their subsequent problems. The book goes through these fundamentals using a multi-sensory approach alongside conventional notation of maths.

It is not anticipated that most people will need to work through the whole book; rather the volume is constructed so that the teacher can direct the pupil to work on specific topics in order to clarify issues previously misunderstood.

You will also need to provide a series of coloured counters (such as those used with games of Ludo or tiddlywinks) and for some of the later work, a set of cards.

Dyscalculia activities 1: addition to division is supplied as a download so that you can print out whatever sections you need.  Order code: T1654 £14.95

Available as a download only. To see sample pages please click here

 

  • Dyscalculia activities 2: shapes, fractions, percentages 

This volume follows on from “Practical Activities” and uses the same multi-sensory techniques that have proved successful in the earlier book. As before the book comes as a photocopiable volume and requires no additional equipment or materials save for a collection of coloured counters.

One of the huge benefits of this approach is that it not only works with those who have the genetic disorder which gives rise to dyscalculia, it also benefits those children who are failing to grasp mathematical concepts because of interrupted schooling, home problems or even a maths aversion which has developed because of early failure. Experience suggests that a short period of using multi-sensory techniques can be enough to overcome such problems and bring the pupil back to the class average.

Each activity within the book can be completed within a maximum of ten minutes, thus allowing the teacher or parent to stop the work the moment the child shows signs of maths-aversion, frustration or tiredness.

Order code: T1719  £14.95

Available as a download only.  To see sample pages please click here

 

  • Dyscalculia activities 3: Time and timetables - book of activities for pupils and students who have difficulty telling the time, following the sequence of days, weeks, months, seasons, etc

Time is the ultimate sequence, and children who master the concept of time usually overcome all their problems with sequencing and also find many concepts in maths much easier to handle. Indeed it is noticeable that many children who have difficulties with maths also have particular difficulties with the concept of time.

Dyscalculia activities 3: Time and timetables contains exercises and activities that are designed to overcome such problems and ensure that children have a full ability to handle all the concepts of time – from the passing of seasons to the use of the 24 hour clock and the reading of timetables.

The book contains a range of straightforward tests which will reveal where the child’s particular problems lie. This is followed by a series of activities covering all aspects of time. These activities can be undertaken in the classroom and can be photocopied and taken home. Indeed those children who are able to do five minutes homework a day on the subject of time will find that their understanding of time develops extremely quickly.

The book is available in photocopiable format which means that the activities can be shared with other staff in your department.

Order code: T1712 £14.95

Available as a download only.  To see sample pages please click here.

 

You can order any of these resources

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