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    Math and Special Education Blog — special education

    Dyscalculia: Your Questions, Answered

    What is dyscalculia?

    In an earlier post, we discussed a bit about dyscalculia and shared a handy infographic. Since we're passionate about math difficulties here at Luminous Learning, we'd love to continue the conversation. So you've heard of dyslexia, but what is this dyscalculia, you ask? Think of it as the dyslexia of math. Not an exact comparison, but just like dyslexia is difficulty with reading, dyscalculia is difficulty with math. The bad news? Dyscalculia hasn't been researched nearly as much as dyslexia, so there's still a great deal we don't know about how the brain understands mathematics. The good news? It's a growing field and new research, interventions, and ideas about dyscalculia are being developed every year. 

    Keep reading to learn more about the causes and symptoms of dyscalculia, along with a resource guide!

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    Fractions on a Number Line

    Luminous Learning Tuesday Teaching Tip: Fractions on a Number Line for special education students
    Any teacher (and parent!) can tell you that fractions are a stumbling block for many students. One major misconception arises when students don't fully understand that fractions are unique numbers, like decimals, that occupy a specific place on the number line. Just like 1 fits nicely in a spot on the number line, so does 1/2. Once students begin to see fractions as numbers, they are better equipped to understand that the same rules of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division apply to fractions, just like all other numbers. 
    Keep reading to receive two FREE handouts that I have used with my students to help them visualize fractions on a number line and learn tips for teaching fractions!

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    What is Dyscalculia?

    What is Dyscalculia?

    Dyscalculia is a type of learning disability characterized by math difficulties. Children with dyscalculia are intelligent students who are talented in many ways, but need extra math help to succeed. At Luminous Learning, our mission is to provide the necessary supports for all students to achieve math success.


    Luminous Learning math worksheets with number lines and graph paper for special education students 

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