Weekly roundup: dyscalculia

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Mount Kilimanjaro. Source: Wikicommons.

Mount Kilimanjaro. Source: Wikicommons.

Having dyscalculia or dyslexia is challenging enough, but what about having both? Jack Harley-Walsh, 16, has both these learning disabilities but this didn´t stop him from climbing Mount Kilimanjaro when he was only ten or reaching educational heights now that he is a teenager.

Jack was rejected by thirty schools because of his special needs when he was younger, which makes this month´s news all the sweeter: the dyslexic/dyscalculic passed his GCSE exams and is now the subject of a documentary. For non-U.K. readers, these are the General Certificate of Secondary Education exams and are taken at age 16. Passing the exams is necessary for any student wanting to take the A-Level exams later. In Jack´s own words:

I never thought I would be able to tell you that I am looking forward to going back to school and getting on with my A level studies. Read more.

Resources

School is back in session and if you´re looking for a few math apps that work for children with dyscalculia, check this list from dyscalculiaservices.com. We haven´t reviewed the apps ourselves but the site´s author, A.M. Schreuder, gives a description of each as well as listing at which grade levels the apps are aimed.

We´re fans of the resources over at Understood.org. If you´re wondering whether a student might be dyscalculic then have a look at their list of signs of dyscalculia. Each symptom is also broken down by location, so you will find useful information depending on whether you are observing the child at home or in the classroom.