Ch 1: Understanding Math Learning Difficulties

About This Chapter

Strengthen your knowledge of the difficulties some students face when learning math using the lessons in this chapter. Acquire an understanding that can enhance your classroom instruction and improve your ability to help your students learn math.

Understanding Math Learning Difficulties - Chapter Summary

There are a variety of reasons students can struggle when learning math concepts. This chapter takes a look at learning disabilities, auditory processing challenges, social obstacles, reading difficulties and other issues that can impact a student's ability to learn. Access these resources any time using any computer or mobile device with an Internet connection. Benefit from short quizzes that assess your comprehension and ensure you fully understand the concepts covered by this chapter.

How It Helps

  • Provides foundational information: Study the basics of learning disabilities before diving into more specific concepts associated with difficulty in learning math.
  • Helps screen students: This chapter helps you recognize students in your classroom who could have learning disabilities.
  • Identifies learning obstacles: Helps you understand and recognize obstacles that could impact a student's ability to excel when learning math.

Skills Covered

When finished with this chapter, you will be prepared to:

  • Define and list types and causes of learning disorders
  • Understand three common learning disabilities
  • Describe and recognize signs of math learning disabilities
  • Detail the symptoms and treatment of dyscalculia
  • Explain how brain processes are affected by auditory processing
  • List social and academic obstacles for math students
  • Share ways that reading disabilities can impact math students

7 Lessons in Chapter 1: Understanding Math Learning Difficulties
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What Are Learning Disorders? - Types & Causes

1. What Are Learning Disorders? - Types & Causes

In this lesson you will learn about learning disorders and their cause. Following this lesson you will have an opportunity to test your knowledge with a short quiz.

Learning Disabilities: How to Identify Children with a Learning Disability

2. Learning Disabilities: How to Identify Children with a Learning Disability

Identifying children with a learning disability can be tricky because it can be confused with a lack of interest in a school subject. In this lesson, we will look at how learning disabilities can be identified and the three most common learning disabilities: dyscalculia, dysgraphia and dyslexia.

Types of Math Learning Difficulties

3. Types of Math Learning Difficulties

Many learning difficulties can affect a student's mathematical abilities, but there is only one disability specific to math learning. In this lesson, you'll learn about dyscalculia, its warning signs and other related learning disorders.

What Is Dyscalculia? - Symptoms, Definition & Treatment

4. What Is Dyscalculia? - Symptoms, Definition & Treatment

Dyscalculia refers to a learning disability in mathematics. It is listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) as a Mathematics Disorder under the Disorders Usually First Diagnosed in Infancy, Childhood or Adolescence.

How Auditory Processing Affects Brain Processes

5. How Auditory Processing Affects Brain Processes

Hearing is much more than receiving sound. It also involves the brain's ability to process sound waves into usable information. In this lesson, we're going to explore the impact of the auditory process on the brain's ability to recognize the world around us.

Social & Academic Obstacles for Math Students

6. Social & Academic Obstacles for Math Students

While you may be passionate about math as a math teacher, this is may not be the case for your students. Even if your students want to like math, there may be some obstacles that are holding them back. Learn how you can overcome them.

How Reading Difficulties Affect Math Students

7. How Reading Difficulties Affect Math Students

Reading disabilities or comprehension issues can negatively impact math performance. In this lesson, we'll discuss the importance of connecting reading with math abilities so that students can benefit from a different approach to math.

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