Dyscalculia Tutoring and Therapy in Houston
Our dyscalculia tutoring includes 1 on1 help at one of our learning disability centers
That One Test Might Mean Nothing!
Oftentimes we come across children who are excellent in reading but do not show the same level of expertise when it comes to numbers. Interestingly enough, mathematics has its own language too which is unique and sometimes uses symbols or terms which are not used outside the mathematics classroom. For instance, common math phrases such as exponents, subtraction, multiplication, and algorithms are hardly heard outside of the subject. Especially for pupils who are struggling with their first language, mathematical language can be the cause of anxiety and frustration. For a majority of pupils with dyscalculia, the understanding of basic mathematical concepts becomes a challenge. This in turn leads to problems in arithmetic and mathematical problem solving. Difficulties in other areas such as spatial reasoning will also have an impact on the pupils’ performance of mathematics which requires these specific skills. Pupils with dyscalculia may perform well in some aspects of the curriculum, but they may have substantial difficulties in others. Therefore achievement tests that cover a range of mathematical tasks like arithmetic, geometry, problem solving and measurement might not be the right tool to gauge your child’s learning and ability. Strengths in one area can easily cancel out the weaknesses in others without properly taking into account the specifics of the child’s situation. Therefore the overall score can be an unreliable indicator of the pupil’s mathematical skills in specific domains.
Try Rhythmic Writing
There is a considerable overlap between the disorders of dyslexia and dyscalculia. Deficits in language and working memory are sufficient to create problems in the acquisition of mathematic and literacy skills. Reading difficulties also have a direct and negative impact on a pupil’s performance in mathematics. Slow and inaccurate reading will in itself cause errors and lowers motivation affecting overall performance. Students will enjoy learning once they are able to feel that they tangibly have achieved something. An example is that one of our first graders was not as confident a few days ago in reading as she is today. As she receives the training and attention individually tailored to her needs she is able to read and follow the phonics while the process is easy, enjoyable and fun for her. In order to improve on the topics of motivation and focus, Rhythmic Writing can be of immense help. By constantly focusing on the pattern of where the student has to move their hands in while writing the number ‘8’ and saying ‘Left Right’ at repeated intervals and simultaneously answering questions, the student can develop their focus. This activity fully engages the child and trains their brain to focus on what they are doing as they no longer have the capacity to focus on anything else. As reading and math both need concentration, Rhythmic Writing has been demonstrated to be an effective technique to help improve concentration. It is worth keeping in mind that while dyslexia and dyscalculia can overlap, they can still exist in isolation from each other.
Numbers are Fun!
Mathematics requires intense concentration. Cases have shown that oftentimes a child with dyscalculia suffers from ADHD, and is therefore inattentive. A teacher’s remark about the child as ‘inattentive’ may make things worse as they are merely observing a symptom rather than the cause of their behavior. An effective method of helping a child with dyscalculia involves constructing an application based teaching pedagogy. This is where a teacher draws the student’s attention to examples from daily life like showing when we use math in instances such as buying things from a store, the amount of pages they have read in a book, or the number of candies in a bag. Here at Kivato tutors of Houston we follow these techniques as our experience and training have provided ample evidence that this is the most effective way to teach students.. Thisway a student can also realize the significance of learning mathematics and can show a positive attitude towards numbers despite and previous aversions.
Saying ‘Inattentive’ is Strictly Not Allowed
When teaching math which involves numbers or calculations, you might not always be blessed with the most attentive and dedicated students. It is not uncommon to have students be disinterested in mathematics. However, as educators one needs to be patient and be on the child’s side. Expressing negative comments like ‘You are so inattentive’, may do more harm than good and have unintended results. As mathematics require steady concentration and clear thinking, anxiety can turn things upside down by seriously disrupting these important elements of critical thinking. Because anxiety, frustration, confusion and failure create disturbances in motivation, a student showing disinterest, poor behavior or lack of dedication to mathematical tasks should be assumed to be experiencing difficulties completing what they are being asked to do.
Affordable Rates for a Dyscalculia Tutor in Houston
Our discounted dyscalculia tutoring starts at just $40 per hour. This is over 40% lower than the industry standard rate for a learning disability therapist ($70 per hour).