Approximately 5% of children have a specific learning disability* affecting their ability to acquire even the most basic numerical and mathematical skills. This difficulty has been referred to as ‘developmental dyscalculia’. So what is developmental dyscalculia, how does it impact learning, and how can educators help? Find out by watching this webinar!
In this webinar, Dr. Ansari explored:
- What is developmental dyscalculia;
- What might be causing developmental dyscalculia;
- What is different about the brains of children with and without developmental dyscalculia;
- How the diagnosis overlaps with other learning disabilities, such as dyslexia and ADHD;
- What we know about the brain basis of developmental dyscalculia;
- What skills are affected by developmental dyscalculia; and
- What kinds of supports, accommodations and interventions are successful for students diagnosed with developmental dyscalculia.
Moreover, the importance of considering emotional factors, such as mathematics anxiety, was discussed. The goals of this webinar are to develop a deeper understanding of developmental dyscalculia, provide an overview of the latest research, and discuss how this information can assist educators.
About the speaker:
Dr. Daniel Ansari is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology at the Western University, where he heads the Numerical Cognition Laboratory. Dr. Ansari and his team explore the developmental trajectory underlying both the typical and atypical development of mathematical skills. Dr. Ansari has received the ‘Early Career Contributions’ Award from the Society for Research in Child Development, the Boyd McCandless Early Researcher Award from the American Psychological Association. In 2014, Dr. Ansari was named as a member of the inaugural cohort of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada.