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Classroom accommodations for dyscalculia

By Amanda Morin

Students who have a specific learning disability in math (known as dyscalculia ) can struggle with both simple and complex math topics. What can help students with dyscalculia? Here are some ways teachers can make learning easier.

Introducing new concepts/lessons

  • Review what the student already learned before teaching new skills.

  • Teach students to “self-talk” through solving 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 like coins, blocks, and puzzles to teach math ideas.

  • Use attention-getting phrases like, “This is important to know because….”

  • Use concrete examples that connect math to real life.

  • Check in frequently to make sure the student understands the work.

  • Use graphic organizers to organize information or help break down math problems into steps.

Giving instructions and assignments

  • Create separate worksheets for word problems and number problems.

  • Highlight or circle key words and numbers on word problems.

  • Allow extra time on tests.

  • Give step-by-step instructions and have the student repeat them.

  • Provide charts of math facts or multiplication tables.

  • Use visual aids or manipulatives when solving problems.

  • Let the student use a calculator when computation isn’t what’s being assessed

  • Give a rubric that describes the elements of an assignment.

  • Use an extra piece of paper to cover up most of what’s on a math sheet or test to make it easier to focus on one problem at a time.

  • Give more space to write problems and solutions.

  • Break down worksheets into sections.

What’s next?

Do you have a student who you think has dyscalculia? Explore a day in the life of a child with dyscalculia .

Do you think your child needs extra support in math? Explore questions to ask about math instruction .

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