Demystifying Dyscalculia: Intervention
Evidenced Based Interventions for the Treatment of Learning Disabilities in Math (Dyscalculia).
Just like with reading (dyslexia) and writing (dysgraphia) interventions, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to dyscalculia interventions. And believe me, I wish there was; it would make all of our jobs much easier. However, a well-constructed math intervention program should be based on each child’s needs, and everyone learns differently.
Many children with dyscalculia benefit from a multisensory approach. These strategies include visualization, building with cubes or tiles, drawing out problems, tapping on their fingers/table, using music, base 10 blocks, using a hundreds chart. In fact, my favorite music-related counting YouTube video is the Cocomelon Numbers Song 1-100, mainly because it is my own child’s favorite!
For a specific multisensory program that includes visualization, I usually recommend the On Cloud Nine Math Program via Lindamood Bell. Specifically, “The On Cloud Nine® Math Program stimulates the ability to image and verbalize the concepts underlying math processes. Concept and numerical imagery are integrated with language and applied to math computation and problem solving. There is emphasis on both mathematical reasoning and mathematical computation. Individuals of all ages learn to do and enjoy math.”
Another great program is TouchMath. “TouchMath is standards-based and aligned to current curriculum standards with a concentration on Focus, Coherence, Application, and Modeling within developmentally appropriate learning trajectories.” And similar to the On Cloud Math program, the TouchMath program also uses a multisensory approach with visualization strategies.
Looking for more math program? This website reviews 10 website-based interventions. In addition, looking to increase a child’s memorization of math facts? Well, math fluency computer games are a great way to do so!
Are you concerned about your child having a possible learning disability in math (dyscalculia)? If so, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Andersen (602.699.4543; firstname.lastname@example.org) for a free phone consultation!