Dyscalculia: The Dyslexia of Maths

Shirley Houston
Promoting a sound start to learning
Learn about ‘the dyslexia of Maths’ – how to identify and cater for students who have dyscalculia.
Target Audience
Primary school teachers - new and experienced Secondary school Maths teachers and SEN teachers
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Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

Dyscalculia is sometimes referred to as ‘the mathematical equivalent of dyslexia’. It is believed to be as common as dyslexia yet few teachers are aware of its features, its impact or strategies they could use to support students who struggle with maths because they have this specific learning difficulty. This course helps teachers to identify dyscalculic students and to understand the difficulties typically experienced by these students. It provides opportunity to learn about and trial strategies and resources that can be used in supporting dyscalculic students. The course will be of interest to all primary school teachers and to those secondary Maths teachers interested in helping students to address specific deficits that limit their progress.

Audience

Primary school teachers – new and experienced
Secondary school Maths teachers and SEN teachers

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

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The online format of this course provides the participant with the skills and opportunity to:

  • identify strengths and weaknesses of individuals with dyscalculia in their workplace
  • trial/implement some of the strategies and resources that can be used to support individuals with dyscalculia and
  • discuss the outcomes of trials/implementation with fellow participants and the presenters in Forums.

Teaching Standards

1.1.2 Proficient Level – Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students
1.2.2 Proficient Level – Understand how students learn
1.5.2 Proficient Level – Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities
1.6.2 Proficient Level – Strategies to support full participation of students with disability
2.5.2 Proficient Level – Literacy and numeracy strategies

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Accreditation

Completing this course will contribute 6 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 1.1.2, 1.2.2, 1.5.2, 1.6.2 & 2.5.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


This course contributes to 6.0 professional development hours.

Occurrences

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Sessions

Defining dyscalculia

45 minutes

Participants will be presented with definitions of dyscalculia. They will watch a video about the causes of dyscalculia and read an article about the brain research that is shedding light on its causes. They will be asked to use a list of characteristics to identify a student likely to be dyscalculic.

Assessment tools for identifying dyscalculia

1 hour

Participants will look at a number of tools used for screening for dyscalculia. They will work through a demonstration of Brian Butterworth’s Dyscalculia Screener. They will look at video introductions to several other electronic screeners. They will then look at ways of identifying dyscalculic individuals through interview and short pencil and paper tests.

Number sense and Counting

1 hour

Participants will be provided with general principles for teaching Maths to dyscalculic students then learn about the particular difficulty these students have with developing number sense. They will watch a video on building number sense. They will be provided with activities, strategies and access to resources and asked to trial some of these with students. The resources will include free electronic games and free and low-costs apps.

Calculation and Place Value - using manipulatives

1 hour and 15 minutes

Participants will be introduced to 3 manipulatives-based programs that can support dyscalculic students and provided with videos showing how manipulatives can be effectively used to address their particular deficits and use their strengths. They will be shown activities and strategies for developing understanding and memory of number bonds and strategies for addition and subtraction. They will be introduced to apps that can help students to develop automaticity. They will have the opportunity to look at computer-based programs such as Numbershark and Dynamo Maths through videos. They will be encouraged to trial some of the strategies, activities and programs and share outcomes with fellow participants.

Multiplication and Division - reasoning, the area model and automacity

1 hour and 10 minutes

In this module, participants will be introduced to methods of helping dyscalculic students to learn multiplication facts, including use of reasoning from key facts, the area model and colour and rhythm. They will be provided with videos that demonstrate strategies. They will be shown how to teach multiplication and division side by side. They will be provided with an extensive list of online games for developing automaticity. They will be encouraged to trial at least one strategy and share the outcomes with participants

Understanding Time and solving problems

50 minutes

Participants will be introduced to some novel methods for teaching dyscalculic students how to understand and calculate time. They will be given insight into the difficulty dyscalculic students have with Maths language and models for teaching comprehension and problem-solving. They will be asked to create a resource for supporting language use.

User Rating

4.7

Latest Reviews

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Dyscalculia: The Dyslexia of Maths - Shirley Houston
22/12/2018

Exceptional quality.

Dyscalculia: The Dyslexia of Maths - Shirley Houston
22/12/2018

This was a valuable and relevant course. Fantastic.

Dyscalculia: The Dyslexia of Maths - Shirley Houston
22/12/2018

Good course. Lots of useful resources.

Dyscalculia: The Dyslexia of Maths - Shirley Houston
22/12/2018

This course was very relevant to me as I have a student with a diagnosis of Dyscalculia

Dyscalculia: The Dyslexia of Maths - Shirley Houston
22/12/2018

This course was unreal!! So comprehensive, informative and full of resources to access

Dyscalculia: The Dyslexia of Maths - Shirley Houston
22/12/2018

Great resources, videos and highly relevant info for a teacher

Dyscalculia: The Dyslexia of Maths - Shirley Houston
22/12/2018

Great practical solutions to help students who suffer from any form of difficulty in maths, not just dyscalculia.

Dyscalculia: The Dyslexia of Maths - Shirley Houston
22/12/2018

It was very relevant and interesting

Dyscalculia: The Dyslexia of Maths - Shirley Houston
22/12/2018

I found this course highly relevant and extremely useful. That is why I took my time with it. I found it took me a lot more than 6 hours to go through, as I wanted to explore all the links and read the whole thing. Loved it.

Dyscalculia: The Dyslexia of Maths - Shirley Houston
22/12/2018

Quality and relevance so really good. An eye opener

Dyscalculia: The Dyslexia of Maths - Shirley Houston
22/12/2018

Some of the course content was relevant to my context of teaching the support maths group. However, I found a lot of the activities or resources to be more geared towards the younger years and I teach grade 5. I also found a lot of the course content to be focused on promoting resources that the school would need to purchase, which was less helpful for myself as a classroom teacher as I do not make those kinds of decisions.

Dyscalculia: The Dyslexia of Maths - Shirley Houston
22/12/2018

Fantastic – I have already used the techniques and started working on a dyscalculic student, the student and their parents are so excited at the break through in his maths.

Dyscalculia: The Dyslexia of Maths - Shirley Houston
22/12/2018

Information very useful, resouces of high quality

Dyscalculia: The Dyslexia of Maths - Shirley Houston
22/12/2018

Course was great, a lot of great resources and ideas/information, which made me think about current students and my practise within the classroom.

Dyscalculia: The Dyslexia of Maths - Shirley Houston
22/12/2018

A very informative course with suitable resources previewed to assist the student and teacher

Dyscalculia: The Dyslexia of Maths - Shirley Houston
22/12/2018

very rewarding a lot of information supplied

Dyscalculia: The Dyslexia of Maths - Shirley Houston
22/12/2018

I really enjoyed this course. It was relevant with interesting YouTube links (including a TED talk) which showed how people coped as adults with this difficulty and ‘normalized’ the problem giving insight into practically coping on a day to day basis with discalculia.

Dyscalculia: The Dyslexia of Maths - Shirley Houston
22/12/2018

Very relevant and well-presented

Dyscalculia: The Dyslexia of Maths - Shirley Houston
22/12/2018

Excellent quality. Not as relevant to my teaching as I had hoped.

Dyscalculia: The Dyslexia of Maths - Shirley Houston
22/12/2018

excellent


About the team


Shirley Houston

Creator

Shirley has a Masters degree in Special Education and has been teaching in the area of Special Needs for 30 years. She has taught in government and independent schools, primary and secondary, universities and TAFE. Shirley has also taught in several states of Australia and in the U.S. Her particular interests are specific learning difficulties, early childhood, education of young gifted children and literacy. She loves travel, reading and music.