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#1 ~ Grasshopper ~

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 10:18 PM

My 5 year old is very bright but she is struggling in some areas. For example number recognition, I spent 20 mins every day trying to teach her numbers up to 10 and I sill didn't succeed. She wrote all the numbers up to 10 the other day correctly but if I covered them all up apart from one of them and asked her what number it is, the only way she could say was to count up to it. However, she can do maths in her head really quickly.

She has a major problem with direction, top, bottom, forward, before, etc I cannot get her to understand.

Some days her reading is better than others. It's not at all bad but progress is slow. The problem is that she continues to sound out all words it doesn't appear to be able to remember them although she has been reading some of these words nearly daily for about two years.

She also struggles with room names and can never remember which is the hall, lounge or dinning room at home.

I was told at school that I am dyslexic although it was never tesed I know I have lots of symptoms. I know it can run in families and I'm worried about my daughter. Her school says it doen't sound like dyslexia but I still think it could be. Do you think it could be?

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 10:53 PM

I have learned that one's gut instinct tends to be the right one. You can also google for dyscalculic symptoms.

All the best to you and your daughter.

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 05:57 AM

I got this book out of our local library and found it really interesting and useful:


I wouldn't take too much notice of school as many of the teachers don't have dyslexia training.

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 09:44 AM

Hi Grasshopper and welcome here,
What you have written, fits with the maths disorder Dyscalculia.
But what causes this, is a difficulty Spacial thinking.
Spacial thinking, is how we actually concieve of numbers.
Where if you think of the difference between the letter C and the number 3 ?
C is the letter after B in the alphabet, but 3 is the name for a group of 3.
But with a Spacial thinking difficulty, people don't concieve of 3 as a group?
So that they learn numbers in the same way as memorising the alphabet.
A,B,C/ 1,2,3,... ?
Where you wrote that she can do maths in her head really quickly.
But she might have just memorised 2+3=5. In the same way that she could memorise B+C=E ?

Though the real indicator, is where you wrote that: "She has a major problem with direction, top, bottom, forward, before, etc I cannot get her to understand."
Where these are words that we concieve of with spacial thinking.
What spacial thinking does, is to spacially locate points in our mind.
So that we concieve of these 2 opposite points, and can then call them top and bottom.
Left and right, forward and before.
But with a spacial thinking difficulty, people can't spacially concieve of these opposite points in their mind?
But a further problem, is that they can't order things between these beginning and end points?
So that it creates a difficulty with ordering things in the mind.
Where her difficulty with understanding before and forward, really needs to be understood.

My point is that if she has a difficulty with her spacial thinking? Then it needs to be recognised as the underlying issue.

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 10:30 AM

I agree with Oleander and Nora. Go with your gut instinct, and sadly although schools will not admit it they don't have a lot of specialist knowledge of dyslexia in my experience ( even the so called specialist additional support for learning teacher!) How does your daughter cope with recognising letter shapes, is it just numbers she struggles to identify? My daughter is now 6yrs old and she was very similar to your daughter when in primary 1. She also found it hard to recognise letter shapes. She was better at doing simple sums in her head, and also better at sounding out simple words orally than she was writing them. Is she happy going to school, is she aware at all yet of her struggles? We had our daughter assessed privately in the end as school would not do it until primary 6 ( I think because the additional support for learning teacher is not capable or competent enough). They claimed to be a dyslexic friendly school and said as a result they were already meeting her needs. Not true and we are continually on their case to get the support out daughter needs. Have you looked at the dyslexia action website they have some useful info.

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 01:19 PM

From what you say your daughter is having difficulty with Numbers (dyscalculia) and possibly with working memory. Your daughter is still very young but like the others I would go with your gut feelings.
It is normal for her to be sounding out words at this stage.

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