Understanding, identifying and supporting learners with dyscalculia and maths learning difficulties
In 2019, the BDA’s definition of dyscalculia (Jarrett 2019) became accepted for the purposes of assessment and diagnosis in this country. In a similar way that the Rose definition of dyslexia (2009) transformed our understanding of the causes of development dyslexia and its diagnosis, the Jarrett definition will do the same for dyscalculia. So what is this definition?
So what is this definition? How can it inform us of the nature of dyscalculia, its identification and most importantly help us understand how to support learners.
The talk will cover:
- The new definition of dyscalculia.
- What are the key characteristics that define dyscalculia compared to other maths learning difficulties.
- What tools are available for screening and assessment and how can teachers and parents support learners with dyscalculia
Brenda Ferrie - Lead Tutor Level 5 Course in Dyscalculia and Maths Learning Difficulties; Support and Intervention
I qualified as a teacher of maths but realized that many of my students who excelled at maths had difficulties with reading and writing which lead me to do my Level 7 in dyslexia. There were other students who had no difficulties with reading and writing but struggled to understand relatively simple maths concepts, which this lead me into the world of dyscalculia.