This Weeks Top Dyslexia & Dyscalculia Events

Adult Network (Glasgow) meeting

May 21st @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm

Topic: The funny side of dyslexia.

There is no need to book to attend this meeting.  If this is the first time that you’ve attended an adult network meeting, you are welcome to bring a friend or family member.

If you would like to attend these meetings regularly, we do ask that you to become a member of Dyslexia Scotland – details here.

If you have any questions about the Adult Network (Glasgow) meetings, please contact Helen Fleming at helen@dyslexiascotland.org.uk or call 01786 44 66 50.

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The Dyscalculia Blog shares weekly facts to our new-ish Instagram account; the Instagram has not been active long so give us a like and a follow! If you also happen to have any ideas or questions why not give a comment and we’ll do our best to give you the most up to date answers.

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Hands Up! Why We Should Promote Visual Arithmetic

Hands up! This article takes you through why counting with your fingers and other visual devices is very important the development in children’s understanding of maths. We believe that using your hands to count should not be seen as an embarrassing but should be embraced as a positive action that improves calculation.

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This Weeks Top Dyslexia & Dyscalculia Events

Just a little reminder that we keep a weekly updated calendar of dyslexia, dyscalculia and EdTech events across the UK and sometimes further afield! We’d like to try to have a comprehensive list of everything that’s happening, so if we have missed your event we would love to hear from you!

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Hands Up! Why We Should Promote Visual Arithmetic

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It is well known that schools tend to put mental arithmetic skills above the visual ones, as something like counting with your fingers is seen as a weakness in one’s calculation abilities. Educators and scientists have been tackling this obsolete cliché with research and scientific reports that seem to prove that visual aids are more than just helpful in the learning process.

Indeed, visual aids, such as the use of fingers, have a key role in children’s understanding of mathematics. This form of visualisation gives the abstract world of numbers a real side and establishes a connection to something tangible. This results in the creation connections from the prefrontal cortex (main memory / data centre) to the visual and motor cortex. Thus, when visual aid is used, thinking becomes outsourced to other brain areas generating a more efficient use the brain’s capacity.

However, these findings do not mean that you child will forever use their fingers to count. Over time a mental image of the fingers will become connected to the mental processes of counting, making the physical counting unnecessary. This is proven by numerous studies with primary school children that measured increased activity in the visual cortex while children were solving complex math tasks, even when they did not use their hands.

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