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x-post: Afterschool math for kid with dyscalcula

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Posting for an extended family member.

 

Kid is in ps, early/mid elementary.  He's been diagnosed with dyscalcula and is getting pull-out at school, but mom isn't sure it's helping. 

 

She emailed me since she knows I homeschooled, but I never had a kid who needed this kind of extra support, or targeted supplemental vs. whole curriculum.

 

Here's part of what she wrote me: "I’m hoping to find something we can do at home for 15-20 minutes per day, that is guided, sequential and that a parent can lead. We’ve found a wonderful program done online for B's reading (DM Education) that incorporates online games and rewards and B loves it, and would love to find something similar for math but it may not exist so just wanted to see if you had any ideas?"

 

I thought the Hive might have some ideas, so if anyone does, please share!

 

 

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I have very little experience with this. However, I am a big believer in manipulatives, for example:

 

https://www.lakeshorelearning.com/product/productDet.jsp?productItemID=1%2C689%2C949%2C371%2C932%2C209&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=1408474395181113&bmUID=1514961672922

 

This really clicked multiplication for my child, though she does not have dyscalculia (at all). My limited understanding is that dyscalculia centers around an lack of spatial and temporal tracking at some level, making it extremely difficult to process numbers as symbols for anything at all. So bolstering that spatial sense using motion, time, and 3-D objects should help.

 

Absolute worst case scenario, I don't think it would hurt to get ten sticks and one blocks and do literally everything with those. For years if needed--heck, forever if necessary.

 

We do this where I work (draw a picture) when it gets super confusing and we have math and science majors.

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