FIGHTING DYSCALCULIA (MATHEMATICS DISORDER)

FIGHTING DYSCALCULIA(MATHEMATICS DISORDER)

A CHILD WITH DYSCALCULIA)

Is your child always uncomfortable, nervous or develops cold feet when dealing with anything related to numbers? Example basic counting,finding place values of numbers, understanding simple mathematical formulaes and equations,  word problems, etc.Though we all know that some children struggle with Arithmetic ,which is understandable but in a situation where this becomes so critical that the child blanks out immediately they see numbers, then we are staring at DYSCALCULIA  in the eyes.

WHAT IS DYSCALCULIA?

Dyscalculia is a mathematical learning disorder, where by a child finds it hard to comprehend Mathematics. They lack the basic inherent skills to succeed in numerical related subjects. Some researchers or Educational Psychologists call this disorder Mathematics dyslexia.

SIGNS OF A CHILD WITH DYSCALCULIA:

  • They find counting of numbers at an early age extremely difficult they tend to skip numbers randomly

  • Difficulty at telling the time from the face of analogue clock

  • Problem in knowing the right amount of change to collect when sent on an errand relating to money.

  • Difficulty in comprehending any kind of mathematical steps or procedures

  • Simple addition ,subtraction or division of numbers is ardous example 3+5

  • They barely can comprehend mathematical formulaes or equations

  • Mathematical word problems are like puzzles from Mars.

  • Difficulty in understanding mathematical graphs.

  • Nervousness when the math teacher walks into the classroom.

  • Child finds solace in non mathematical related subjects eg writing, speech work and other arts related subjects.

FIGHTING DYSCALCULIA(MATHEMATICS DISORDER)

 A TYPICAL SCENERIO

           During the years, I had spent  as a teacher, I have seen some parents always move their wards from school to school  at the end of every session, hoping to get a school that would permanently “cure their child’s Math related ailment”. Most at times the child’s performance in arithmetic is always so poor at the end of the session compared to other non Math related subjects where the the child does exceptionally well.Parents tend to put the blame on the teachers and the school generally for their child’s poor performance in this subject.

                 I have a friend who is presently a lawyer,he once confided in me that  he chose the career path  because he had had  phobia for mathematics since childhood. Right from his elementary stage at school all through to High school, that any time he saw his Math teacher,he always developed a High Blood Pressure(H.B.P).He never understood anything,even as simple as Place Value in Maths but the reverse was always the case in other non math related  subjects ,which he always had good grades. So many children are going through this phase and many Adults have tasted this same bitter pill with not the slightest awareness of DYSCALCULIA.

 POSSIBLE CAUSES OF DYSCALCULIA

   Experts cannot actually tell the root cause of Dyscalculia, but  have some ideas to what might be the factors that might predispose the occurrence of DYSCALCULIA

 (i)GENES:For example if a parent struggled with mathematics during his school days,the possibility of parent transferring these genes to their children is high

  (ii)BRAIN DAMAGE: Brain injury can also be a major factor of DYSCALCULIA in children

  (iii)BRAIN FORMATION/DEVELOPMENT: Children with dyscalculia,have a brain that is a bit different in structure to a normal brain. The area of the brain that does calculation cannot calculate properly or handle numerical problems.

 HOW TO HELP CHILDREN FIGHT DYSCALCULIA

    We all know the importance of Mathematics in Academic curriculum worldwide and even in our everyday lives. That is why parents always frown, when they find out that their kids are not thriving  in this area at school.They tend to look for ways to curb this problem. We are going to look at some ways on how to help children fight dyscalculia;

  THE PARENT :

  1. GET A MATH TUTOR FOR YOUR CHILD:You can get a math tutor for child,if you discover the child has dyscalculia.

  2. MEET AND WORK WITH YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER:When you meet and work with your child’s teacher,you tend to get lasting solutions to curb this problem.

  3. HELP CHILD OR SUPERVISE THEIR HOMEWORK:Learn to supervise your child’s math homework at home .

  4. REFRAIN FROM SHOUTING OR SCOLDING WHEN THEY MAKE ERRORS:Always be patient and correct kids with love.

  5. ALWAYS ENCOURAGE AND BE THERE FOR THEM:Make children understand that your always there for them.

  6. DON’T COMPARE THEM WITH OTHER CHILDREN:Dont make them loose their self confidence and self esteem by constantly comparing them with other kids.dysgraphia-in-children

  7. HELP YOUR CHILD IDENTIFY STRENGTHS IN OTHER SUBJECTS AND ENCOURAGE THEM: help child discover his strength in other subjects and help them to develop them.

  8. ALWAYS STAY POSITIVE AND PRAY FOR YOUR KIDS.

 

THE TEACHER :

  1. MAKE MATH CLASS FUN:For younger children,use mathematics games to help kids overcome their phobia or fear. For grown up kids, games could also be used and other hands on learning activities and projects.

  2. CLASSWORK SHOULD NOT BE TOO VOLUMINOUS: When classwork or home work is too much,it tends to become overwhelming for a child with dyscalculia.Classwork should be broken down into portions

  3. HOME WORK SHOULD ALWAYS BE AN EXTENSION OF WHAT WAS TAUGHT IN CLASS:Maths home work,as much as possible should always be an extension of what was taught during the school hours to aid better understanding

  4. AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE,MAKE SURE THESE CHILDREN DON’T LOSE THEIR SELF CONFIDENCE IN CLASS:help kids with dyscalculia build self confidence so that they don’t break down when they feel they are not doing well.

  5. ALWAYS STAY POSITIVE AND PRAY FOR YOUR PUPILS/STUDENTS.

 

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12 Comments

  1. This is a good way 2 start making one of my kids love maths. He has phobia 4 math but wants 2 be an engineer. Will apply both parents’& teacher’s aspect of ds article & see my son becoming a ‘high achiever’ in mathematics.
    Thumbs up Joan! Good job!

    1. Thanks, Ma’am. I believe if you apply the tips from both(the parent’s and teacher’s), it’s only a matter of time and your dear son will overcome his phobia for Arithmetic and he would be one of the best Engineers in the nearest future.Keep encouraging him.Thanks again Ma’am for your contributions,please always stay put for awesome and life-transforming articles.

  2. CONGRATULATIONS FOR THIS WONDERFUL ARTICLE !!!!
    THIS IS A TIMELY AS WELL AS A TIMELESS POSTS I HAVE EVER READ ON THIS SO COMMON PROBLEM WORLDWIDE.
    HOW I LOVE THE SPIRITUAL PART: ” PRAY FOR THEM !!!! ”
    THERE ARE THINGS THAT , ONLY THE CREATOR COULD UNDERSTAND AND COULD HELP US SOLVE !!!!
    PLEASE, ANYONE READING MY POST SHOULD READ THESE 2 VERSES IN A GOOD VERSION OF HIS / HER B.I.B.L.E. ( Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth ):
    ISAIAH 55:8+9
    DEUTERONOMY 29:29.

    MOREOVER , IN MY HUMBLE OPINION, SINCE WE HAVE NOW DISCOVERED THE PLURALITY OF INTELLIGENCE ( NINE ( 9) TYPES OF INTELLIGENCE ( SMARTNESS ) !!!!; IT IS HIGH TIME WE STOPPED JUDGEING WRONGLY LEARNERS UNABLE TO ABSORB AND PROCESS INFORMATIONS LINGUISTICALLY OR LOGICO-MATHEMATICALLY……
    WE SHOULDNT REASON THAT WAY AT LL. ELSE, WE ( YOU AND I ) , ARE RATHER ” MYOPIC ” ,with all respect, ABOUT THE PROBLEM.

    1. Woow!!..Thanks so much sir, for this immense contributions.Please subscribe and never miss a post.Thanks again.

  3. I was like that in school, hated maths. I couldn’t comprehend formulas and didn’t understand why the answers couldn’t just be straightforward (it was like looking for something that wasn’t missing). I did very well in other subjects that didn’t have anything to calculate. Expectedly I flunked maths but went on to university where I did well in my chosen course and today I even instruct in my field.
    My point is, having knowledge of maths is very important but it shouldn’t be a major yardstick to judge a person’s competence. Flunking maths has kept so many good students from gaining admission and furthering their education, this is very sad. They become desperate and resort to all sorts of means to pass thereby encouraging exam malpractice. This has become a scourge for us now. Thank God my children are doing better than me in maths. They are not A students but certainly above average. I invested in lesson teachers for them because I can’t help them myself. I do not pressurize them because I know my own story and how God has brought me thus far. I encourage and praise them to work at their pace, life is not a competition. I may not be right but I know one thing, I serve a God who makes all things right. He is the great rewarder.

    1. Thanks so much Ma(Sir) for this immense contribution.It’s so good to hear that you were able to overcome that trying phase of your life while you were a student and still standing tall.I know many parents have learnt one two,from the awesome story u shared today.My plea again goes to our Parents and Teachers to encourage Students with dyscalculia by applying all that was mentioned on the post and also help them develop their strength in other subjects aside Mathematics.Thanks again Sir(Ma)..Please subscribe and never miss a post.

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