In February, I went to the Learning Disabilities Association of America’s 54th Annual National Conference in Baltimore.  In addition to seeing inspiring and informative presentations, I also presented What’s math got to do with it? Math learning disabilities, dyslexia and ADHD: Understanding the connections, remediating effectively. Handouts

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MLD: as prevalent as dyslexia and ADHD

When we here Learning Disability, we think of dyslexia and ADHD, and rightly so.   One in four students struggles with reading, writing and spelling and, according to the CDC, approximately 11% of students in the US have been diagnosed with ADHD.  Fewer people are aware that Math Learning Disabilities (MLDs) affect somewhere from 6 to 14% of the population, which makes MLDs every bit as prevalent as dyslexia and ADHD.  Additionally, 80% of people with Specific Language Impairments and 31% of people with ADHD also struggle with math. Despite these numbers, research on MLDs is far behind that of dyslexia or ADHD, and the dissemination of that research to parents and teachers more so. No wonder so many students miss out on high-quality mathematics remediation.

Listen to the recording of my presentation to learn the symptoms and causes of Math Learning Disabilities and their relationships with dyslexia and ADHD. We will explore explicit teaching, concept/procedure integration, incrementation, error analysis and accommodations for teaching students with MLD.  Listeners will finish with games, lessons, and approaches to help math students excel.