It is vital to understand the challenges and provide the right support for learners with dyscalculia and specific learning difficulties in mathematics.
The book provides:
. an overview of current research explaining the nature and causation of dyscalculia
. guidance on the identification of dyscalculia
. examples of how to carry out informal and formal assessments
. an explanation of the principles of multisensory mathematics teaching
. an outline of a structured programme (for learners aged 5-14), together with examples of lesson planning and activities.
Designed for teachers specialising in the assessment and teaching of learners with dyscalculia, and those undertaking courses leading to Approved Teacher Dyscalculia (ATD) and Associate Membership of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA), the book is useful to any professional looking for an understanding of this area of specific difficulty.
Dr Kathleen Kelly PhD, MA (SEN), Dip TESL, AMBDA, is an independent consultant in the field of specific learning difficulties. She was previously a senior lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University in the Centre for Inclusion and Special Educational Needs. For several years she has taught courses on specific learning difficulties (dyslexia) to undergraduates as part of the initial teacher training programme in addition to postgraduate awards. She has considerable experience in delivering courses to meet the criteria set out by the British Dyslexia Association for Approved Teacher Status (ATS) and is Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA).
Kathleen has taught a wide range of learners with dyslexia, from children as young as four years to those at Key Stage 5. She has worked in both mainstream and special schools, for language support and learning support services, as a SENCO in a primary school, and as Head of Sixth Form in a special school. She has many years' experience of supporting multilingual children with special educational needs (including specific learning difficulties). Multilingualism and dyslexia is a particular area of interest and her doctorate was also in this area.