Dyslexia: Make a difference - Maths

Children with dyslexia describe their difficulties with maths. The film offers tips and advice to help.

They talk about number reversal, times tables, word problems, multiplication and their ability to visualise problems. The film offers practical suggestions on how best to support them.

Maths is seen as the hardest subject for pupils with dyslexia - in fact one of the early signs of dyslexia is number reversal.

Putting displays on walls or numbers in front of children to refer to can help.

For dyslexic children who struggle with their memory, times tables can be one of the biggest hurdles. There are some tricks that can help, like using your fingers to work out the times table.

This helped Alfie, who says: "It really helped me with learning my multiplications when teachers used to take us outside and play lots of games, and it definitely motivated pretty much everybody in the school to get a lot better at maths."

Not all children with dyslexia will find maths hard, but like lots of children, they may struggle to tell the time.

"Digital clocks I'm okay with. But not 24 hour because when it goes past 12 o'clock and goes into 13 and stuff... I don’t like that," says Fin.

Many children with dyslexia can visualise mathematical problems. Trying to make abstract concepts more concrete by using number lines or physical props can make maths fun for all students.

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