MATH ALIENS, COME – I NEED YOU!
Declan, a sensitive, clever and gorgeous 8-year old client of mine inspired me to write this book. He had started off our three days together by writing: “MATHS ALIENS, I NEED YOU! COME NOW” in big red letters onto the white board. After a couple of days, he erased his message and wrote the words: “DON’T NEED TO COME AFTER ALL. THANKS!”
Not everybody has Maths aliens to call upon. Declan was happy that he didn’t need to rely on them any longer and that he had found that he gets it now.
Lauren is 15 and finds it really hard to read. A Dyslexic program improved her reading, but it is still a struggle and not enjoyable. It was the Maths program, another area of difficulty, where she really found a strength and instead of working at it, she now plays at it. On her last day of the program, I stared in amazement at a really complicated calculation which she had just finished successfully and correctly. She asked me if she can do one more, please! That, for me, is the reason I love these programs. Where else can you measure success as clearly on a logical as well as an emotional level?
Let’s start, with the help of Declan and Lauren, to discover how to release your child’s Maths genie from the bottle!
MATHEMATICS FOR DYSLEXIC STUDENTS and VISUAL LEARNERS
‘A mum is very worried as her 8-year old son is struggling in Maths and falling behind further every year. He is attending the local public school and they are trying as much as they can to help. When her friend suggests to put him into St. Mary’s, the local Catholic School instead, she hesitates, as they aren’t religious. But after her friend assures her that they have a wonderful way of teaching Maths and her own son is finding it really easy, she enrols her little Tom. After only one term, to her amazement, he has caught up and after a while, he tops the class. ‘Tom, what is your new school doing differently? How come you are now so good at Maths?’ Her son says that they don’t teach differently but that he is just working much harder. His mum wants to know why. He says: ‘You know, mum, when I first entered the new classroom and saw that man nailed to the plus-sign, I knew they meant business.’
Unfortunately, a lack of motivation is rarely the reason for a child’s struggle at Maths.
Many of my Dyslexic clients are challenged in Maths, not because they don’t have a ‘Maths brain’ or are lacking intelligence. Quite the opposite! They may even find that they get the most advanced Maths easier than the simple basic Math questions.
They need to be taught Maths in a different way – a way that makes sense to their visual or kinaesthetic learning style. As a problem with Maths doesn’t point any struggling child to a facilitator for Dyslexia, I won’t make this book into the Dyslexic’s Guidebook into the Maths Galaxy. It will help any child that has a creative, visual mind.
to be continued at next week’s blog…