"Tommy" has a bunch of cars. If you put five of them on the table and ask Tommy how many are there, he might answer 2 or 200. He might refuse to answer at all. Tommy is 8 years old and has a math challenge.
Math challenges may or may not accompany reading challenges, but dyscalculia (the math equivalent of dyslexia) affects up to 6% of children. Although less common than dyslexia, it can be just as devastating and just as difficult to overcome without individual tutoring and specialized help. Among other warning signs, children with dyscalculia may struggle to:
- See at once how many items are in a small group (such as 3 to 5 marbles for younger children or the number of dots on dice for older children)
- Count from 10 to 1 for younger children or 100 to 1 for older children
- Put numbers in order
- Associate the sign for a number (2) with the name of the number ("two")
- Make comparisons, such as more than and less than
- Distinguish left from right
- Understand the passage of time
Windy Row applies many of the same techniques used with reading challenges to help children overcome math challenges. We use internationally known instructional methods that are specifically developed for children with math challenges like dyscalculia.
If your child is falling further and further behind grade level in math, please email info [at] windyrow.org (Windy Row Learning Center).
You may find this website helpful: www.ldaamerica.org/types-of-learning-disabilities/dyscalculia. It offers some strategies for students to help deal with math challenges, including using different colors of pencils for different types of math problems (for example, green for addition and red for subtraction).