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Math for VIsual Perceptual Problems??? Hep please

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Due to our first testing experience, I raelized that my dd (4th grade)  had some LD issues in Math- she scored perfect on her "Math concepts" and Very poorly on  the actual doing the problems section.  So, after doing some  research about math LD on line, I realized that the visual perceptual issues that give her problems with writing, are causing her problems in math too.  Over the years, I have tried many different math programs- none of them worked for my dd. 

 

So right now, I am making up my own program, I am using some numbers from a montessori kit to practice with so that she doesn't have to worry about writing things as we start a new subject, and using our abacus to explain the concepts for addition and subtraction.  I have made a lot of progress with addition this week- but I am very stressed about how to teach multiplication and division.  DD has been exposed to both of those, but it appears it just didn't stick.   I don't really want to order a whole year long curriculum, but if you have any suggestions for things to help I would greatly appreciate it!

 

TIA,

 

Laura

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I am sure people will have a ton of great suggestions curriculum wise but for what it is worth, Have you had her evaluated by a behavioral optometrist?  Visual perceptual/tracking issues occur in 1 out of 6 kids and are totally treatable.  MY daughter is half way through her vision therapy course of 25 weeks and the improvements have been life changing.  I am grateful that out eye doctor recognized it and referred us.... i would never had known.  There is SO much tied up in visual motor coordination.   Instead of trying to work around the issue, you might just be able to fix it!  Worth a shot, right??

GL!
 

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Have you tried using the games from RightStart?  My kids love them; we just have the math games kit, not the actual curriculum.  The book enclosed (and dvd) are for the parent.  The games work to build a concept, not simply use one.

 

Amy

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Visual perceptual problems can be treated somewhat by an OT, but best by a COVD developmental optometrist.  But be sure to ask specifically before you start with a COVD doctor if he/she diagnoses and treats the visual processing problems, not just the eye teaming problems.  Some of them only work on eye teaming and do not go on to visual processing, so they only get half the job done. 
 

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Visual perceptual problems can be treated somewhat by an OT, but best by a COVD developmental optometrist.  But be sure to ask specifically before you start with a COVD doctor if he/she diagnoses and treats the visual processing problems, not just the eye teaming problems.  Some of them only work on eye teaming and do not go on to visual processing, so they only get half the job done. 
 

 

 

going off what PGTlatte said.We are dealing with some of the same issues with my ds(8) We took him to the reading doctor in Columbus OHIO. Maybe you could email her if your not close enough to see her but she could tell you what to look for in an eye doctor. Eye docs are good BUT THEY HAVE TO do a certain test to find the problem. She would be worth talking to. She has helped us more than you could ever know. she homeschooled her kids. She is very nice. Oh and she said MUS is the only math that really really does what these kids need. I have right start math and that is not working so we are on the hunt for MUS.

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