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Dyspraxia and Geometry

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RTKangaMummy Fri 11-Feb-05 22:59:58

DS is nearly 10

He has Dyspraxia

He has always had problems with Geometry and right angles

Is this the same with other Dyspraxics?

He does seem to have a problem with 2D and 3D shapes

Can anybody help please?

RTKangaMummy Fri 11-Feb-05 23:21:33

I guess I am too late tonight

Christie Fri 11-Feb-05 23:22:34

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

RTKangaMummy Fri 11-Feb-05 23:26:22


Yes could be

Tiggiwinkle Sat 12-Feb-05 11:07:06

My DS3 (ages 16)is dyspraxic and suffers from associated dyscalculia (the numerical equivalent of dyslexia).
He does have difficulty with geometry-dyspraxia can cause problems with spatial awareness and dyspraxics can have problems visualising things.
Does your DS have any problems with other areas of Maths?

tallulah Sat 12-Feb-05 11:58:27

I just asked my DS (17) who has dyspraxia & he said no, he doesn't have a problem with geometry. Dyspraxia has different effects on different people, I've noticed.

RTKangaMummy Sat 12-Feb-05 13:13:06

I think most of his maths is good

mental arthimatic is very slow

times tables were hard for him to learn

But do not think he has dyscalcula

his dyspraxia is very body awareness, balance hand eye co-ordination sort of thing. amounst other things

it is hard for him to work out how to climb over things like gates or walls

RTKangaMummy Sat 12-Feb-05 13:15:36

is associated dyscalculia just little bits of maths?

He never puts numbers the wrong way round

RTKangaMummy Sat 12-Feb-05 13:27:27

problems with time sometimes

If is 2.25pm working out what is 1 hour and 50 minutes ahead IYSWIM

RTKangaMummy Sat 12-Feb-05 19:17:41

Tallulah and Tiggiwinkle


Does anyone have any more experiences?

Philly Sun 13-Feb-05 10:30:10

Tiggiwinke,I am worried that my ds (8) shows signs of having this combination,can I ask at what stage your son was diagnosed and how you went about this etc also what help does he get.

RTKangaMummy Sun 13-Feb-05 10:35:06

Are there various degrees of difficulty?

ie. can it be that only some parts of maths can cause a problem?

Tiggiwinkle Sun 13-Feb-05 11:15:49

Kanga-Yes, some parts of maths are more difficult than others.
He can do things like data collection and graphs;
However there are problems with:
times tables(still does not know them)
telling the time and associated questions
multiplication and division
mental arithmatic
Philly-my son had difficulties all through primary school, but was not diagnosed with dyspraxia until he was 9.Despite my repeated requests for extra help for him with Maths since starting secondary, it was not until he was 15 that I eventually got him properly assessed for dyscalculia.This was mainly because his performance in Maths was so poor compared with his other subjects-he was in the top group for eveything else but far behind in Maths.(in fact his year 9 SATS in Maths were worse than his year 6 results)
The school paid for him to be assessed by the Dyslexia Institute.
He now gets help once a week form a specialist teacher who comes into the school.
But it is too little, too late!
I would advise asking for your son to be assessed through his school as soon as possible.Dyscalculia is becoming much more widely recognised now and there are several oganisations who will do the asessment (a search through google should bring some up-sorry, no good at links!

mumeeee Sun 13-Feb-05 19:37:48

My 13 yearold DD is Dyspraxic. No she doesn't have any problems with Geometry. She has some problems with mental arithmatic as although she knows the answers, has difficulty in writing them down quickly.

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