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The overlooked challenge of dyscalculia – An insight for Special Education Teachers and RTI Teams

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The overlooked challenge of dyscalculia…

Dyscalculia, often overshadowed by its more recognised counterpart, dyslexia, deserves our urgent attention. Dyscalculia isn’t just about the occasional difficulty with numbers but a persistent and specific difficulty with arithmetic. The overlooked challenge of dyscalculia – An insight for Special Education Teachers and RTI Teams Dyscalculia, often overshadowed by its more recognised counterpart, dyslexia, deserves our urgent attention. Dyscalculia isn’t just about the occasional difficulty with numbers but a persistent and specific difficulty with arithmetic. In a society heavily reliant on data and numerical literacy, tasks we consider routines, such as giving directions, reading a clock, or following a recipe, can evoke considerable anxiety for those grappling with dyscalculia. What is dyscalculia? Dyscalculia is a specific and persistent difficulty with arithmetic and in understanding and applying numbers. It’s a complex math difficulty that can lead to various challenges. Dyscalculia can occur singly but often co-occurs with other specific learning difficulties…
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Math Challenges in 7-11 Year-Olds

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Math Challenges in 7-11 Year-Olds

Math Challenges in 7-11 Year-Olds In this article I summarise the case study carried out by Dr Ann Dowker, Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford University; Karima Esmail, Dynamo Math BSRLM: British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics Date: 04 March 2017, into dyscalculia and developmental delays in components of mathematics in 7‐to‐11‐year‐old children using The Dynamo Assessment. What Is The Dynamo Assessment? The Dynamo Assessment represents an online tool designed to assess the componential aspects of mathematics, as articulated by Dowker (2005). Developed within the framework of NumberSenseMMR™, Dynamo Assessment serves to identify specific developmental mathematical components that may pose challenges for children under  three main groups of tests. It breaks down math into individual components,  identifying the processing challenges for each child which could be attributed from interdependent factors such as;  biological condition, co-occuring difficulties, motor and sensory processing barriers, environmental deprivation, poor teaching and the child’s unique contribution…
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Navigating the Complex And Invisible Landscape of Dyscalculia

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Navigating the Complex And Invisible Lan…

Within the intricate tapestry of educational challenges, few hurdles are as subtle and challenging as dyscalculia. Distressingly, even at the tender age of 6, learners who express negative attitudes towards mathematics might hear adults respond with, “It doesn’t matter, look where I am today and I was never good at math either.” Should it be acceptable to have 4 Million people desperately seeking assistance due to an outbreak that impairs cognitive abilities and hampers the grasp of basic numbers?  Mathematics illiteracy is presently causing and will persist in significantly hindering both present and future generations. In the UK, over 4 million individuals are at risk of dyscalculia, a complex math difficulty. This complex difficulty often hides in plain sight on the faces of children, rich and poor, who muster the strength to memorise number facts but cannot carry out simple tasks of giving the right amount of coins when purchasing sweets…