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Math. That is the question.


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Do you or your child struggle with math? It could be remembering basic facts, determining which operation to use in a word problem, recalling the steps to follow when solving a multi-step problem. Any of these can be daunting to a person with dyslexia. When someone has difficulty with mathematical concepts it can be dyscalculia.

What is dyscalculia?

The website defines dyscalculia as “a brain-based condition that makes it hard to make sense of numbers and math concepts. Some kids with dyscalculia can’t grasp basic number concepts. They work hard to learn and memorize basic number facts. They may know what to do in math class but don’t understand why they’re doing it. In other words, they miss the logic behind it.”

Marilyn Zecher is a renown Teacher, Nationally Certified Academic Language Therapist specializing in the application of O-G Multisensory Strategies for teaching Math, Study Skills, Reading & Language, Spanish and Content Area Subjects. Ms. Zecher’s methodology for teaching math is multi sensory. From her blog her program is described as A Unique Way of “Thinking” about Teaching Math. Her approach is: research based, advocated by the NCTM, applicable to any curriculum or textbook series, appropriate for ALL students, but necessary for some. Her program applies Orton-Gillingham multisensory instructional strategies to the teaching of mathematics.

It fits easily with recommendations from current research, suggestions from the National Math Panel regarding instruction for struggling learners, and recommendations from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

In essence, a multisensory approach: uses concrete manipulatives to teach mathematical concepts, transitions students through the representational (pictorial) level of instruction, and ultimately deals only with numerals/numbers at the abstract level.

Manipulatives are used by all students. Research has shown that multisensory input is stronger than unisensory input for creating lasting associations and memories.

The more of the brain that is involved in the learning, the stronger the memory.

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Would you like to talk with Marilyn or learn more about her program? Join us for VBIDA Presents Marilyn Zecher @ Chesapeake Bay Academy on March 28, 2015.
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Dyslexia in Virginia is alive and well. Not really well but it is out there as much as people don’t want to admit it. 1 in 5 people have dyslexia even though many schools do not recognize it as a valid issue. The Virginia Branch of the International Dyslexia Association is working hard to change that. As an organization we are committed to bring education and awareness to the citizens of Virginia.

What is dyslexia you may ask? According to the International Dyslexia Association it is defined as a language-based learning disability. Dyslexia refers to a cluster of symptoms, which result in people having difficulties with specific language skills, particularly reading. Students with dyslexia usually experience difficulties with other language skills such as spelling, writing, and pronouncing words. Dyslexia affects individuals throughout their lives; however, its impact can change at different stages in a person’s life. It is referred to as a learning disability because dyslexia can make it very difficult for a student to succeed academically in the typical instructional environment, and in its more severe forms, will qualify a student for special education, special accommodations, or extra support services.
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