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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This Weeks Top Dyslexia & Dyscalculia Events

GroOops – Fundamentals Training

This stimulating and intensive THREE-day workshop offers both an understanding of the Emotional Repercussions of Dyslexia, and also practical applications to address the issues that it creates. By popular demand, a newly added third day gives participants the opportunity to put recently learned skills into active practice. It is a valuable toolkit for all those who support dyslexic people such as counsellors, trainers, supervisors, social workers, youth workers, tutors, teachers, teaching assistants, and managers etc., and will provide knowledge and skills that can be used directly with clients.

The workshop has been designed as a foundation for professionals who already have a basic understanding and practice of dyslexia support and wish to expand their learning therapeutically within a mentoring/coaching framework.  It is also excellent in helping dyslexic professionals appreciate their abilities and life experiences.

If you are looking to further develop your skills and confidence in working with dyslexic clients using the GroOops approach or add some new techniques to your toolbox, this is the course for you.

 

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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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Dyscalculia And Dyslexia In Adults: Cognitive Bases Of Comorbidity

This article covers the co-occurrence or comorbidity of dyscalculia and dyslexia. According to this paper there is a 40% chance that if you have dyslexia, you will also have dyscalculia. The causes and consequences of this comorbidity are poorly understood and require further research. The evidence so far is that dyscalculia and dyslexia remain cognitively independent from each other in adulthood, yet they share some domain-general impairments, such as poor verbal short term memory span.

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Weekly Roundup: Dyscalculia And Technology & Tailored Education

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What Is Dyscalculia And How Can Technology Help With Its Symptoms?

In this article we take you through what dyscalculia is, what the symptoms are, how to get a diagnosis and what treatment you can have. Technology certainly has its place in helping you cope with your learning difficulties and software can be found with just a quick search from your mobile phone. Apps such as Calcularis have been proven to help train the brain of dyscalculia sufferers to be more flexible and create alternative neurological paths, this enables a person to work with their dyscalculia and enhance their brains processing power.

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Weekly Roundup: Dyscalculia, Dyslexia Myths & Cognitive Skills

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Top 5 Myths Of Dyscalculia & Dyslexia

Myths about learning difficulties are quite widespread and raising awareness is the only way to dispel these false claims. Here in this article we run through the top five myths about dyslexia and dyscalculia, do you know them?

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We’re Setting Dyslexic Children Up To Feel Like Failures

Are children with dyslexia set up for failure in the current education system? This article raises a lot of points on how dyslexics have a big disadvantage in exams and our schools don’t have the resources to give them the help they need. In the article a teacher takes you through their day and gives examples of why they think the current system is failing dyslexic pupils.

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