Moving Maths

Left sided neglect and reversed figures in the drawing of a clock by a dyslexic child with unstable binocular control.

Adapted from Stein (Fawcett and Nicholson, Dyslexia in Children).

How do you think this may impact on Maths understanding in the classroom?

Visual Issues affecting Dyslexia and Mathematics

Stein refers to an established link between visual processing and dyslexia which he discusses in this video and in the following article.

Stein John, What is Developmental Dyslexia? Department Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics, University of Oxford, UK Published: Feb 2018

Behaviour optometrist, Keith Holland describes the visual issues experienced by some children and how this impacts on reading, writing and their mathematical understanding. In this video he explains that mathematics is often a shorthand form of the visual description for: Space, Time, Volume, Height, Breadth, Width and Length.

These pupils will possibly lack good visualization skills and find it difficult to think in spatial terms. They may be able to number crunch and rote learn mathematics but will not have the spatial understanding. Hence graphical work, geometry and trigonometry will all be difficult.

In the following video Professor Amanda Kirby, renowned dyspraxia specialist explains how various visual difficulties can prevent pupils developing mathematical understanding. The Background to Maths Difficulties.