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Dyscalculia: Understanding and Supporting Your Child

Dyscalculia, often referred to as "math dyslexia," is a specific learning disorder characterized by persistent difficulty in understanding numbers and mathematical concepts.

Dyscalculia - what it is and understanding and supporting your child

It manifests unexpectedly in relation to age, education level, and experience, affecting individuals across all ages and abilities.


What is Dyscalculia?

Dyscalculia is a specific and persistent difficulty in understanding numbers, leading to a diverse range of mathematical difficulties. It can present unexpectedly in individuals of varying ages and educational backgrounds.


Maths difficulties for kids who have Dyscalculia

Math class can be pretty tough for kids with dyscalculia. However here in Singapore, there's a numerous helpful resources available, and with the right support, they can totally ace it!


Most parents usually think about hiring a math tutor, but they may not solve the root causes. Educational therapists have the know-how to dig deep and tackle the root causes, helping kids grasp concepts in a way that works for them. Plus, there are some pretty neat tools out there, like calculators and fun math apps, to spice up the learning experience.


Now, when it comes to school, parents can step in and request some extra support, like Shadow Support in Singapore, to make sure their child gets the help they need. By syncing up sessions with educational therapists both at home and in school, we're ensuring everyone gets a fair shot at math success.



Dyscalculia might throw a curveball, but understanding it and getting the right support can make all the difference. It's not just about math — it's about boosting confidence and excelling in everything else too!


Let's explore the indicators that might signal your child has Dyscalculia.


6 Signs of Dyscalculia in Children:
  1. Difficulty recognising numbers and symbols.

  2. Delayed progress in learning to count.

  3. Struggle to connect numerical symbols (e.g., "5") with corresponding words ("five").

  4. Challenges in recognising patterns and sequencing.

  5. Losing track while counting or performing mathematical operations.

  6. Reliance on visual aids, such as fingers, for counting.

 

Recognising the signs of dyscalculia in your child is quite important for parents to provide appropriate support and intervention.

 

Support Strategies for Children with Dyscalculia:


How do the parents support their child with Dyscalculia?
  1. Shift from procedural teaching to conceptual understanding: Rather than focusing solely on memorization, emphasize the conceptual understanding of numbers and mathematical operations.

  2. Develop internal visual representationsEncourage children to form mental images of numbers to grasp their relationships and magnitudes effectively.

  3. Foster flexibility in number comprehension: Help children understand how numbers are composed and decomposed, promoting a deeper understanding of numerical concepts.

  4. Utilize visual aids and concrete materials: Incorporate manipulatives like blocks and counters to make mathematical concepts tangible and accessible for children with dyscalculia.

 

Supporting a child with dyscalculia requires a multi-faceted approach that emphasizes conceptual understanding, flexibility in number comprehension, and the use of visual aids. By implementing these strategies, parents and educators can provide effective support to help children overcome the challenges associated with dyscalculia and succeed in mathematics.

 

Is your child exhibiting signs of Dyscalculia?

Seek support from an educational therapist in Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, or Indonesia.


Contact us today for personalized assistance tailored to your child's needs!


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