Has your child been diagnosed with dyscalculia or do you suspect your child may be suffering with it? We can help. Our targeted maths tutoring for students with dyscalculia uses effective dyscalculia strategies to ensure success in maths. We thoroughly assess for gaps in your child’s knowledge then carefully plan structured, cumulative steps to address those gaps.
What is dyscalculia?
Dyscalculia is a learning difficulty with numbers. It is a specific difficulty in understanding numbers that affects the ability to acquire mathematical skills. Students with dyscalculia may have difficulties with number sense, understanding and using mathematical concepts, language and symbols, and memorising and applying number facts and procedures. Students may also:
- Have difficulty when counting backwards.
- Have a poor sense of number and estimation.
- Have difficulty in remembering ‘basic’ facts, despite many hours of practice/rote learning.
- Have no strategies to compensate for lack of recall, other than to use counting.
- Have difficulty in understanding place value and the role of zero.
- Have no sense of whether any answers that are obtained are right or nearly right.
- Be slower to perform calculations.
- Forget mathematical procedures, especially as they become more complex, for example ‘long’ division. Addition is often the default operation. The other operations are usually very poorly executed (or avoided altogether).
- Avoid tasks that are perceived as difficult and likely to result in a wrong answer.
- Have weak mental arithmetic skills.
- Have high levels of mathematics anxiety.
What dyscalculia strategies do you use?
Our targeted maths tutoring for students with dyscalculia starts with explicit instruction. We teach new procedures and strategies explicitly, and we use small numbers when introducing new concepts. We also teach the language of mathematics. We work on patterns, sequencing, and grouping to help students count and understand place value.
Although dyscalculia presents differently in every individual, many are likely to have anxiety and low self-esteem around maths. At Forging Roots Education we use multi-sensory teaching strategies that increase motivation and engagement to build confidence and decrease frustration levels. We link maths to situations that are familiar and relevant to students and use concrete materials such as diagrams, number lines and tracks to reinforce learning. We only remove these concrete materials when your child is secure in their understanding. We allow time for practise, application, consolidation and generalisation.