Saturday, August 11, 2012

Helpful Apps for Dyscalculia

The NCLD (National Center for Learning Disabilities) describes dyscalculia as “a wide range of lifelong learning disabilities involving math. There is no single type of math disability. Dyscalculia can vary from person to person. And, it can affect people differently at different stages of life.

Two major areas of weakness can contribute to math learning disabilities:

Visual-spatial difficulties, which result in a person having trouble processing what the eye sees
Language processing difficulties, which result in a person having trouble processing and making sense of what the ear hears

Using alternate learning methods, people with dyscalculia can achieve success.”

As with many learning challenges, specific strategies, accommodations, tools and other resources can enable affected students to experience more learning success. It is no different with dyscalculia. Because of this, and as a result of several inquiries at Brennan Innovators for teaching materials and resources for dyscalculia, we thought this would be a very good time to provide a few apps for teachers and parents of children with this learning challenge.

Apps for Dyscalculia

Math Teacher by Gianluca Puggelli (for iPhone---price $.99)
This is an application that helps kids work with basic mathematical operations. It supports multiplication, division, addition and subtraction tables. The app can be of particular benefit to those challenged with dyscalculia.

Telling Time by My Turn Mobile (for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 3.0 or later---price $1.99)
This app has three levels allowing students to advance their skills. It compares the analog clock to the digital clock.

Coin Math by Recession Apps (for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 4.3 or later---price $1.99)
This app begins with identification of coins, counting coins, making change, and shopping. This app allows users to advance levels.

A Math App: Multiplication Simplified – HD by App-Zoo (for iPad--Requires iOS 3.2 or later--price $.99)
This is a visual app that uses skip counting and is particularly good for those students who have difficulty with memorizing facts.

Algebra Touch (for Phone, iPod Touch, iPad--- Price: $2.99)
ALGEBRA TOUCH allows kids to manipulate and solve single-variable algebraic equations and terms in a very creative way. Kids drag their finger on the screen to move terms from one side of the equation to the other, or they can tap to factor or solve. A list of other algebra apps is also under development via this same link, so stay tuned!

A Collection of Multiplication Apps (for Apple, Android, Kindle Fire, & Nook devices-prices vary)

Other Resources for Dyscalculia

LDOnline Definition of and information on dyscalculia

NCLD (National Center for Learning Disabilities) Additional information on dyscalculia (includes warning signs and symptoms, treatment options, parent/teacher forum comments and other information) Website with “Math Learning Disability Resources”

1. LDOnline
2. NCLD (National Center for Learning Disabilities)

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  1. Glad to find your info about apps for students having difficulty with math--will look into some of your apps. Karen

  2. Dear Karen,

    We certainly appreciate your comment and hope that you'll find the apps provided in our list above here to be helpful for your students and patients!

    Thank you for taking the time to send us this note.

    Happy reading,
    Joan Brennan Tools for struggling readers of all ages!

  3. Thank u for this post. My son has adhd and has always struggled with Math and it wasnt put ibto his iep that he was math delayed until Algebra last year in 10th grade. Dyscalculia is not anything he's been teated for but I suspect he does. Hopefully we can use apps and extra learning to boost him in math dor real world needs

  4. Dear Melanie,

    You are most welcome. We actually want to thank YOU for taking the time to write and tell us about your son's challenges with math.

    Whether he has a diagnosis of dyscalculia or not, these apps may provide him with some much-needed help. Please use them to give your son the math support he requires for success in school---and in life!

    Thank you again, Melanie!
    Joan Brennan Tools for struggling readers of all ages!

  5. Dear Joan Brennan,
    Math solution Apps for iPad and other devices is being popular day by day. I appreciate your service.

    Here is other devices
    iPad Apps

  6. Do you know of any tutor/online directories for dyscalcuia help? I have a struggling student and want to find help for her.
    Thank you,
    Ileana Y