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### Dyspraxia and doing mathematics

Dyspraxia is ...

- a specific learning difficulty that affects the brain's ability to plan sequences of movement.
- a condition which leads to many varied difficulties
- often not taken seriously
- seriously affects success in mathematics

Normality, whatever that is

Normal

Not normal

Different

Weird

Eccentric etc.

An old-fashioned analysis of diversity

Some errors of the past

- Forcing left-handed people to write with their right hands.
- Forcing homosexual people to ‘conform’.
- Forcing dyslexics to learn their tables by rote.
- Repeatedly punishing those who struggle to fit in with traditional schooling.

Key teaching suggestions -

- Remember that students might be
- Distracted
- Feeling tired or uncomfortable
- Confused
- Overloaded
- Flustered, disorganised and forgetful

- Give clear handouts.
- Give time to frame and answer questions.
- Allow students to take regular breaks.
- Encourage students, emphasising strengths.
- Be patient; avoid making assumptions about IQ.
- Remember that your way might not be their way.

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