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At a Glance: Classroom Accommodations for Dyscalculia

By Amanda Morin

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For kids with dyscalculia, trying to keep up in math class can be tough. Luckily there are classroom accommodations that can help students with math issues access the concepts being taught.

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At a Glance: Classroom Accommodations for Dyscalculia

What accommodations can help students with dyscalculia? Here are some ways teachers can make learning easier for kids with dyscalculia.

For In-Class Learning

• Review what the student already learned before teaching new skills.
• Let the student talk about how to solve problems.
• Let the student write out charts or draw sketches to solve problems.
• Use graph paper to help line up numbers and problems.
• Give the student a list of the math formulas taught in the class.
• Use manipulatives such as coins, blocks and puzzles.

For Homework
• Create separate worksheets for word problems and number problems.
• Highlight or circle key words and numbers on word problems.

For Classwork and Taking Tests

• Allow extra time on tests.
• Use a chart of math facts or multiplication tables.
• Let the student use a calculator when he’s not being tested on computation.
• Give more space to write problems and solutions.
• Break down worksheets into sections.
• Use objects such as blocks or base ten sticks to teach math ideas.
• Check often to see if the student understands the work.
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About the Author

Portrait of Amanda Morin

Amanda Morin is a parent advocate, a former teacher and the author of The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education.

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Portrait of Kylah Torre

Kylah Torre is an instructor in the department of special education at Hunter College.

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