Do you have Dyscalculia and how do you get a Diagnosis?

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Recently someone got in touch with us through the blog about how to get a diagnosis of dyscalculia, more specifically for adults. The person who contacted us as with many others has lived their life believing that their difficulties with maths was all their fault, this is largely due to the dyscalculia only being recognised fairly recently and so a lot of people went undiagnosed. Finding out that it is a real learning difficulty is a great relief for them, its also not just a relief but a chance to find a way to challenge dyscalculia because once you know you have it you can treat it.

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Weekly Roundup: Check out Calcularis & School Hints & Tips

Check out Calcularis, Software for Dyscalculia

Earlier this week we posted an introduction video to Dybuster’s Calcularis, software to help those with have difficulties in mathematics and are affected by dyscalculia. As you will in the introduction video there are tutorials built directly into the Calcularis software so the user can never feel lost and concentrate on the enjoyment of the learning games. Why not watch the video and see what you think? Even if you or your child doesn’t struggle with maths Calcularis is great for keeping your mathematical brain active and powerful, click here to try for free!

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Top Dyslexia & Dyscalculia Events This Week!

by Daniela Sherer

Addressing Dyslexia Toolkit Masterclass

Dyslexia Scotland has received funding from the Scottish Government to deliver 5 free Masterclasses. They are being offered exclusively to teachers who work within Scotland’s state schools, in 5 local authority areas.

The aims of the events are:

  • to train 500 ‘early adopter’ teachers who are in turn willing to train others in their areas
  • to deepen teachers’ knowledge about the Addressing Dyslexia Toolkit, online training module 1 and the associated ‘reflective log’

The first of the five Masterclasses will be held in Edinburgh on Tuesday 26 September, 10.00 – 4.00

Bookings will be taken on a first come first served basis – you can attend whichever location suits you best.

To book your place, click:

https://adtmasterclass.eventbrite.com

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What is Dyslexia and how can Technology Help with its Symptoms?

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a learning disorder that results in reading and writing difficulties. Dyslexia is found in populations around the world, however rates can be particularly high in countries where the written language uses irregular spelling or features combinations of letters with different sound possibilities. English is full of these combinations (such as the ‘ou’ in cough and through) as well as different spellings that all make the same sound (such as the ‘o’ sound in stole, coal, and bowl). It is estimated that 15% of the U.S. population suffers from dyslexia.

Dyslexic people have chronic difficulty with reading, writing, and spelling. Despite being bright and motivated, a child with dyslexia will have great difficulty making connections between spoken and written language. Dyslexics may be intelligent and creative people but suffer from low self-esteem or anxiety brought on by their learning disability.

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Weekly Roundup: What is it like to be Dyslexic?, Learning takes Brain Acrobatics, Top Ten Resources for Teachers.

What is it like to be Dyslexic?

This is a fantastic exaggerated representation of what it is like to be dyslexic by Josh Penn – a dyslexic student of visual communication. The narrative-like video is intended to mediate the experience of being dyslexic to those that do not have Dyslexia.

WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE DYSLEXIC? – UNIVERSITY MINOR PROJECT from Josh Penn Design on Vimeo.

 

Learning Takes Brain Acrobatics

This article cropped up in the midst of last week and really struck a cord with our followers. The article explains how the flexibility of our brains is very important for learning, health and our happiness. It covers how synapses form and strengthen, while others weaken, making way for new connections and how the brain takes in new information and holds onto it. There is still a lot more to discover on this subject as the research is just getting started, but the discoveries so far are pretty exciting and I’m sure there are a more to come! Read more here.

Photo by Megan Soule on Unsplash

Top 10 Best Back to School Resources for Teachers

Last week we compiled a list of the top 10 resources for teachers to help them bring more excitement to the first weeks back in school! We have scoured the Internet for these resources it includes websites such as tes.com and busyteacher.org, if you have any resources/websites you think should be added to the list please do get in touch and comment below.

Click here for top events this week!

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