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Identifying, Assessing and Supporting Learners with Dyscalculia

Identifying, Assessing and Supporting Learners with Dyscalculia

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October 2020 | 368 pages | Corwin UK

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It is vital to understand the challenges and provide the right support for learners with dyscalculia and specific learning difficulties in mathematics. 

The book provides:
• an overview of current research explaining the nature and causation of dyscalculia
• guidance on the identification of dyscalculia
• examples of how to carry out informal and formal assessments
• an explanation of the principles of multisensory mathematics teaching
• an outline of a structured programme (for learners aged 5-14), together with examples of lesson planning and activities.

Designed for teachers specialising in the assessment and teaching of learners with dyscalculia, and those undertaking courses leading to Approved Teacher Dyscalculia (ATD) and Associate Membership of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA), the book is useful to any professional looking for an understanding of this area of specific difficulty.

Part I: Dyscalculia and Mathematics Related Difficulties: Setting the Context
Chapter 1: The Nature of Dyscalculia
Chapter 2: Differences and Similarities between Dyscalculia and other Mathematics Related Difficulties
Chapter 3: The Role of Memory in Learning Mathematics
Chapter 4: Cognitive Processing Difficulties (and Abilities)
Chapter 5: Mathematics Anxiety
Part II: Identification and Assessment of Dyscalculia
Chapter 6: Screening Procedures
Chapter 7: Assessment of Memory
Chapter 8: Assessment of Basic Number Skills
Chapter 9: Assessment of Cognitive Thinking Style in Mathematics
Chapter 10: Assessment for Visual Stress
Chapter 11: Writing an Assessment Report on Mathematics Related Difficulties
Part III: Planning an Intervention for Learners with Mathematics Difficulties
Chapter 12: Models of Mathematical Development
Chapter 13: Planning a Programme of Support
Chapter 14: Multisensory Mathematics Teaching and Lesson Planning
Chapter 15: Mathematical Vocabulary
Chapter 16: Developing Number Concept and Mathematical Relationships
Chapter 17: Deductive, Inductive and Abductive Reasoning
Part IV: Practical Teaching Examples
Chapter 18: Using Mathematical Models to Develop Relational Understanding
Chapter 19: Visualisation
Chapter 20: Problem-solving Approaches
Chapter 21: Linking Concepts to Everyday Events
Appendix 1 (a) Digit Span Tasks
Appendix 1 (b) Visual Sequential Memory: Symbols
Appendix 1 (c) Visual-spatial Memory: Grids
Appendix 2: Outline of Programme (and Record Sheet)
Appendix 3 Solution to Algebra Problem (Grid Method)

Kelly provides up-to-date and accessible information for practitioners supporting children with dyscalculia. A strength of this book is the integration of theory and practice; providing those working with children the knowledge  base they need to support children effectively. 

Dr Helen Curran
Bath Spa University

A comprehensive, engaging and accessible book offering pertinent insights into the nature, identification and assessment of dyscalculia along with practical guidance on effective intervention. Essential reading for any professional who wishes to enhance their knowledge and practice in supporting learners who struggle with mathematics.

Dr Pamela Moffett
Stranmillis University College

This long awaited text books clearly explains the complexity of dyscalculia while providing practical guidance and helpful examples of how to support learners in the classroom.  Well written, accessible and full of practical ideas, it is an essential text book for anyone interested in supporting learners with SpLD. 

Rhiannon Packer
Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy

This was a very helpful text in understanding how I can help students with dyscalculia

Miss Mel Webb
Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bedfordshire University
May 19, 2022

Another excellent book by kathleen kelly which explains but also directs for intervention.

Mrs Geraldine Anita Parks
Department of Education, St Mary's University College (Belfast)
June 7, 2021

Key information regarding dyscalculia. An essential guide for students who are trying to identify dyscalculia.

Dr Jack Bryne Stothard
Education, Health and Sciences, Derby University
April 3, 2021