If you have a child that has dyscalculia, you might have noticed that he or she has a hard time counting or performing other mathematical skills. This can be difficult for you, as a parent, because you might not know how to cope with the learning disability and just finish their homework without giving them the answers. You want to help your child come to the answer on his or her own, using the skills that he or she has already developed and reinforcing new skills, so that the homework is actually worth his or her time. Here are some tips for helping your child with dyscalculia get through his or her homework.
1. Have Your Child Find a Similar Problem
The first thing that you want to do is have your child find a similar problem in his or her textbook or his or her notes. This will allow you to make sure that your child is actually able to understand enough what is going on in the problem to identify similar problems, as well as give you a place to start. Once you have an example problem, you will be able to show your child where to continue his or her work. Make sure that you find a problem that also has an answer, if possible.
2. If You Found an Example
If your child managed to find an example problem, label each line of the example with a number. Then, have your child work through each numbered step on his or her own paper for the homework problem. This will allow your child to follow these step by step instructions and feel supported throughout the process, rather than feel as though he or she is flailing alone with the problem. It will also allow him or her to work through the problem on his or her own, without you giving him or her the answer.
3. If You Didn't Find an Example
Type in the problem that you are working on into the computer or have your child do so with your supervision. Look for math sites that have similar problems on them in order to increase the chances that you are able to find an example or a video that your child can watch in order to figure out this difficult problem.
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