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How can I help my child with math if she has dyscalculia?

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Try these things:

• Let the child use their fingers and paper when she counts.

• Provide the right tools, like erasers and a simple calculator

• Use graph paper. It helps keep columns and numbers straight and neat.

• Use rhythm and music to teach math facts and steps.

• Get a math tutor to help.

• Draw pictures of math word problems.

• Schedule computer time to play math games.

• Praise hard work.

• Talk with the child about it

• Teach the child ways to manage anxiety.

SOURCES:

Child Mind Institute: "How to Help Kids with Dyscalculia," "How to Spot Dyscalculia."

Educational Psychologist: "Dyscalculia Assessment and Diagnosis."

Learning Disabilities Association of America: "Dyscalculia."

National Institutes of Health: "Children with ADHD Symptoms Have a Higher Risk for Reading, Spelling and Math Difficulties in the GINIplus and LISAplus Cohort Studies."

News release, University College of London, May 2011.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on September 5, 2019

SOURCES:

Child Mind Institute: "How to Help Kids with Dyscalculia," "How to Spot Dyscalculia."

Educational Psychologist: "Dyscalculia Assessment and Diagnosis."

Learning Disabilities Association of America: "Dyscalculia."

National Institutes of Health: "Children with ADHD Symptoms Have a Higher Risk for Reading, Spelling and Math Difficulties in the GINIplus and LISAplus Cohort Studies."

News release, University College of London, May 2011.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on September 5, 2019

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