Do You Think Your Child Is Struggling with Maths?
Perhaps you had an inkling that your child was struggling way back in kinder or the first years of primary school but teachers and doctors all told you not to worry, that your child was fine and just needed more time.
Now, there is no denying your child is struggling with maths.
Not everybody is great with numbers. It’s just a simple fact.
At younger ages, however, core concepts like addition, subtraction, multiplication and division should be easy to learn and master.
If your child is having trouble in this area, there are a number of reasons why it could be.
If you suspect that your child might have a learning disability that is making it difficult to excel at maths or other areas of academics (particularly if you notice issues in more than one area) it is important that you seek the advice of professionals to determine where the problem lies.
A common learning disability that affects maths is Dyscalculia. Much like Dyslexia interferes with the ability to process written language, Dyscalculia creates confusion within the neural-transmitters related to numbers.
While some argue that this is a condition that can only be managed, not reversed, I would like to suggest that there are interventions that can reverse the effects to a large degree. I’ll have more to say about that in a moment.
There are other learning disabilities that affect a child’s ability to do maths but they also apply to other areas of academics. If your child has been diagnosed with Dyscalculia and you suspect there might be issues in other subjects as well, read on. What you find out about why this could be happening will be of interest to you.
Mathematics and Auditory Processing
How do we first learn anything? We learn by hearing. More to the point, we learn by listening. Now, what if the brain has trouble listening to what it hears? What if those auditory signals are not being processed the way they should? The result is obvious: the information just doesn’t get in there.
Now imagine that the numbers you see every day were nothing more than a bunch of scribbles with no concrete meaning. Sure, you might be able to understand that 1 + 1 = 2 but seeing it and understanding it visually is impossible because all you see is gibberish. This is where the disconnect occurs.
TOMATIS® Sound Therapy and Maths
TOMATIS® Sound Therapy is an effective way of removing the barriers between the spoken word and written numbers. In fact, it can help your child effectively cope with or even eradicate the effects of Dyscalculia. How? By training the brain to make auditory associations with written numbers.
Remember, we learn by hearing and listening. If there is a blockage between what we hear and how our brain handles the information, it is difficult to learn. Dr. Alfred Tomatis was committed to finding a way to unblock those signals. He discovered that introducing specific sounds at specific frequencies and in specific sequences to the listener would teach the brain how to effectively manage a broader range of sounds, information and knowledge.
In maths, that means that the child can pay more focused attention in class and retain more of what he or she is learning. What they hear and what they see now make more sense together.
I have helped children all over Australia get better marks in mathematics through the use of Tomatis Sound Therapy. I would love to help your child. I understand that a problem like this is not only frustrating for your child, it can be causing undue worry for you.