How to use the Assessment
This book is for those wanting to investigate a child
s numeracy levels in order to plan an
intervention programme for individuals or small groups. It is aimed at teachers, teachingassistants and special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCOs).There is an introduction to Dyscalculia (chapter 1) and the problems with Numeracy(chapter 2), and an Overview of the Dyscalculia Assessment (chapter 3). The main part of the book contains detailed instructions with a suggested script for conducting theDyscalculia Assessment and forms for recording the findings (chapter 4). TheInterpretation section explains how possible errors may arise and gives advice forformulating a teaching plan (chapter 5). There are Activities and Games for multi-sensoryteaching (chapter 6).The Appendix contains a glossary of terms and suggestions for further reading, websites,organizations, software and suppliers of numeracy teaching equipment. There is also asample report, a sample IEP, and explanations of the Dyscalculia Screener and theWechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC IV).
The Dyscalculia Assessment
The Dyscalculia Assessment was devised at Emerson House in London to identify thespecific numeracy problems a child has, rather than to diagnose a condition. EmersonHouse is a specialist centre in London supporting pupils with difficulties in numeracy andliteracy.The assessment is designed to be used with primary school children, whose intellectuallevel lies within the average range of intelligence, who are found to have significant mathslearning difficulties. However it could be used with older children. The results giveinformation about a particular child, without comparing them to their peers.