Helping your dyscalculic child yourself

Helping your child yourself

You don’t need a degree in maths to be able to help your child yourself – but you do need to be at ease with basic maths.  So if you have never been able to understand fractions or long division, it is probably not a good idea to try working with your child.  Dyscalculia is an inherited problem, so if your child has it, there is a chance you may have it.
However, leaving that issue aside, if you feel you are able to work with your child yourself, you will need to set aside ten minutes a day (either before or after school) at least five days a week.

The key thing is to do the work with your child day after day, missing out as few days as possible.  If your child learns a musical instrument you will know what this is like – if the practice is occasional, it simply doesn’t work.

The books listed below will give you all the information you need to work with your child each day.

The resources

Here is a list of the resources that you will need as a parent and which can be used by private tutors.  These books consist of simple activities for you to carry out with your child.  Each set of instructions is normally just three or four lines long.

The activity books…

Dyscalculia activities 1: addition to division  (Ref number T1654)
This book is intended for children who find the basics of maths complex and confusing.  The volume starts with the fundamentals of number and simple addition, and concludes with long division.

Dyscalculia activities 2: shapes, fractions, percentages  (Ref T 1719)
This volume assumes that the child knows how to complete long division problems successfully, and moves on to the properties of various shapes, and the issues surrounding fractions and percentages.

Dyscalculia activities 3: Time and timetables (Ref 1712)
Dyscalculia activities 3 deals exclusively with issues relating to time, which often cause particular problems for dyscalculic children.  You should use this book if other areas of maths are secure, but time (for example the sequence of months in the year, reading timetables and calendars etc) remains a particular problem.

Other resources

You will also need the following to carry out the activities in book 1.

  • A set of coloured counters, of the type used in the classic Ludo game.
  • A set of cards measuring about 3 inches by 2 inches.

These can also be purchased from ourselves via the online shop. Throughout you will also need to have a pair of scissors, paper and some card.

Buying the books, cards and counters

Sample pages of the books can be viewed by clicking on the links below:
Dyscalculia Activities 1
Dyscalculia Activities 2
Dyscalculia Activities 3

You can order these books, either as books or on a CD, and the cards and counters:

  • At the on-line shop.
  • By phone with a credit card to 01536 399 011
  • By fax with a credit card to 01536 399 012
  • By post with a cheque or credit card details to Hamilton House Mailings, Earlstrees Ct., Earlstrees Rd., Corby, Northants NN17 4HH
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