Full course description
Date and Time
Monday 27 April 2020, 9.30 am to 3.30 pm
This learning event is right for you if you are a staff member who wants to put in place effective multisensory intervention that can enhance mathematical understanding and reduce the Maths anxiety of students with dyslexia.
This workshop aims to give teachers the skills they need to identify specific strengths and weaknesses and put in place effective multisensory intervention that can enhance mathematical understanding and reduce the Maths anxiety of students with dyslexia. The focus of activities will be the Number and Algebra strand of Mathematics. There is overlap with the Dyscalculia course offered in previous years in the area of strategies for the four operations .
While there is increasing awareness of the number of students who have dyscalculia, a Mathematics disability, there is not widespread awareness of the fact that at least half of all students with dyslexia have difficulty with some aspects of number work. Just as they struggle to gain ‘basic’ literacy skills, they can struggle to master ‘basic’ numeracy skills. This is not surprising if one considers the difficulties associated with dyslexia which include poor working memory, sequencing problems, difficulty with processing visual symbols and low processing speed.
An understanding of the impact of dyslexia on Mathematics performance .
Strategies and resources for addressing difficulties in Addition and Subtraction
Strategies and resources for addressing difficulties in Multiplication and Division
A knowledge of how to use ICT to make Maths dyslexia-friendly
Shirley Houston is an educational consultant with over 35 years of teaching experience and a Masters degree in Special Education. She is a long-standing Board member of The Dyslexia-SPELD Foundation of Western Australia. Shirley has established a reputation as a caring, dynamic and innovative educator whose programs reflect both current research and a deep understanding of the needs of students with learning difficulties and disabilities. She has taught students in Years K-12 at government, Catholic and Independent schools, in Australia and in America.