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dyscalculia - megga problems with maths

(8 Posts)
SarahJ97531 Sat 25-Jan-14 12:22:00

I would urge anyone who has a child with a big maths problems to have them tested for dyscalculia. I had never heard of this term until I had my 11 year old tested recently. My child has so many problems not counting properly, sequencing, anything with shapes is just so difficult and counting change is a nightmare and all this leads to underconfidence. I have recently had him assessed and his school who were never interested in helping now will give him extra time in his SATs in May. He is so much happier knowing he is not thick but has a general learning problem - it can be genetic too!
Don't delay seek an assessment, privately as I did as some schools are just not switched on about this condition.

Winthorpe Sat 01-Feb-14 22:02:40

Hi 12yr old has been diagnosed as dyslexic, however it s quite mild. Her main problem is with Maths & your son s difficulties sound similar. Can you pls tell me name of diagnostic test carried out on your son- was it specifically for dyscalculia? I live london..would appreciate any help if you can as to where we can have test carried out. Thanks

jezzasjockstrap Fri 07-Feb-14 10:28:47

I'm having similar issues with my DD (9). She seriously struggles with maths. This week her teacher said that she needed to learn her times tables, cue much printing out of worksheets and evening study.
Anyway last night she was in tears and couldn't understand why everyone else could do it and she couldn't.
So my feeling is that it's time to speak to the school SENCO and get her assessed for dyscalcula.
I don' t know if this is the right course but I can't stand by and see her suffer like this.

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SarahJ97531 Thu 13-Feb-14 16:04:31

Sorry for the delay in replying. I found Annette Dickens via google as a friend recommended her - she is in Berkshire but will travel. She is a special needs teacher and has the qualifications to do the assessment. Good luck.

Dana2005 Sun 16-Feb-14 22:42:26

found ways to support my son with an apparatus which is very visual.
i wrote a post that explained it and my post was deleted…
i do not have a business but a website to share my knowledge.
so you are welcome to contact me.

SarahJ97531 Sat 22-Feb-14 14:33:47

Hi Dana,
I think rather than just teaching a child visually, they should be taught in a multi-sensory way. That's what Annette Dickens showed me with my son and I learnt some great tips from her about helping with reading and spelling. My son loves the sky writing Annette suggested he do to remember spellings. The idea is the child hears it, sees it, says it and does some kinaesthetic with his hands to remember it better. Once learnt it has to stay in the working memory and Annette showed me how to use a memory pack a few times a week to help my son remember the spellings he had learnt.
Hope this helps.

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