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Dyscalculia Accommodations in School

Instructor: Jocelyn Cherry

Jocelyn has taught Special Education for over two decades and has three post secondary degrees all in the field of Education.

There may be students with dyscalculia in your class. In this lesson, we will look at some accommodations for students with dyscalculia to help you meet their unique and specific learning needs.

What is Dyscalculia?

Dyscalculia is a math learning disability. Students with dyscalculia will exhibit different obstacles and have different needs. For example, a student may have difficulty with visual-spatial relationships, while others may have difficulty remembering math facts or keeping a sequence of steps in order. All students with dyscalculia will have different challenges to overcome.

What is an Accommodation?

The purpose of accommodations is to provide students with what they need to be just as successful as their non-disabled peers. Accommodations are not meant to be an academic advantage for the student with a disability; rather, accommodations are supposed to 'level the playing field' by creating an educational experience that is fair and equitable to all. By law, accommodations listed on the student's Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or Section 504 plan must be provided and implemented.

Accommodations for Students with Dyscalculia

Teacher Style

Students with dyscalculia have a math learning disability through no fault of their own. It is not a visual impairment or due to lack of trying. As their teacher, avoid any situation in which they may face ridicule, such as a whole-class math game, solving problems in front of others, complex oral questioning, and timed math problems, among other activities. Understand that they can get frustrated easily, and let them know you are available as an educational ally.

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