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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Education; 2 edition (26 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140819371X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408193716
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 0.1 x 28.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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Featured in 'Read These' section in Times Education Supplement, TES Wales and TES Scottland, 18th June 2010<br \><br \> 'This book is essential to anyone working with children with dyscalculia, providing a comprehensive guide to individual assessment. It helps special educators to profile areas of strength and weakness in the different components of mathematics, connecting assessment directly to remedial instruction. The text is easy to read, and takes the teacher through the nuts and bolts of the assessment process from start to finish.' Anna J. Wilson, Lecturer in Learning , University of Canterbury and Honorary Research Associate, University of Auckland, New Zealand<br \><br \> 'A comprehensive support for anyone teaching children with significant mathematics difficulties of any kind. It provides an accessible assessment tool with a detailed guide to children's possible responses, based on current research about significant aspects of knowledge and understanding. There is guidance on what to do about the difficulties identified, using a structured approach to learning mathematics which emphasises understanding and reasoning, practical models and talk...This is an extremely useful resource for those working with underachieving children. It combines a direct way of identifying key difficulties with a tried-and-tested teaching approach.' --Sue Gifford, PGCE Programme Convenor (Primary), Roehampton University, London, UK<br \><br \>'This book is a wonderfully comprehensive and clear guide to assessing and then remediating dyscalculic difficulties.' Sue Lilley, Specialist Teacher<br \><br \> Both authors draw on their extensive knowledge as teachers of special needs and have compiled a very worthwhile resource designed to identify in detail the strengths and weaknesses of an individual who may be struggling to learn mathematics... --Nasen Special

This is an excellent resource, and I would recommend it for purchase to place in a school's special education library, where many teachers can reference the book to deal with students with intractable problems. Or, a school might decide that one special education teacher would be the 'math specialist', who would assess students with serious math disabilities using the assessments, and providing remediation ideas for the child's special educator. --www.about.com

Really this should be titled 'what you always wanted to know about dyscalculia but didn't know what or how to ask...' - At last a book that not only tells you about the problem - but also what to do about it and gives you the tools to do something about it! Has invaluable resources and appendices - simply miles ahead of what I was using up to now. If like me you think that dyscalculia is 20-30 years behind dyslexia - this assessment book and accompanying brings it bang up to date. You need to spend some time reading through the guide part it particularly if you are new to the problem or SEN children - but guess what - this is a complex matter that deserves some time spent on it and time spent with this book will pay big dividends. It is simply packed with both academic rigor and common sense- a rare thing in education. --A. Coomes, Amazon.Com Books

About the Author

Jane Emerson is Director of Emerson House, a centre for dyscalculia, dyslexia and dyspraxia. Jane is an experienced teacher of children with dyscalculia and a teacher trainer for courses on dyscalculia assessment and teaching, and a lecturer on dyscalculia.

Patricia Babtie is an SEN teacher who works with children and adults with maths learning difficulties.

Brian Butterworth is Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology at University College London


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Really this should be titled 'what you always wanted to know about dyscalculia but didn't know what or how to ask...' - At last a book that not only tells you about the problem - but also what to do about it and gives you the tools to do something about it! Has invaluable resources and appendices - simply miles ahead of what I was using up to now. If like me you think that dyscalculia is 20-30 years behind dyslexia - this assessment book and accompanying brings it bang up to date. You need to spend some time reading through the guide part it particularly if you are new to the problem or SEN children - but guess what - this is a complex matter that deserves some time spent on it and time spent with this book will pay big dividends. It is simply packed with both academic rigor and common sense- a rare thing in education .
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Emerson and Babtie's "The Dyscalculia Assessment" is a thorough formative assessment of difficulties with the four arithmetic operations. It gives thorough and clear guidance on how to use it throughout, plus detailed advice on interpretation of the assessment. It also includes a clear, step by step, teaching plan with games and activities, along with information about downloading online resources. I would highly recommend this to any general class, special needs or maths teacher. Buy this assessment along with Ronit Bird's Dyscalculia Toolkit (blue cover) and her Dyscalculia Resource Book (green cover). Ronit's books say they are aimed at 7 - 14 age range but in my opinion key stage 1 teachers would get a lot from the toolkit too.
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This book fills a gap. It is a very thorough assessment of dyscalculia. This important tool will be extremely useful for anyone who wants to help children improve their mathematical skills. All of the building blocks that a child needs to master in order to be successful mathematically are carefully explained. The focus is not only on whether the child's answers are correct; this assessment examines how the child arrives at the answers. Understanding this will enable the teacher or parent to address the real problem. The book includes many learning games and activities that teach the mathematical skills that a child may be missing. As a learning and behaviour specialist I have learned a lot over the years from Jane Emerson.
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... for a parent who is is worried about their child's abilities.. or lack of ... with Maths.

The clear step-by-step instructions with downloadable assessment sheets can help you draw up a Personalised
Learning Plan ... so you can spend more time focused on the real issues and note the steady improvement
gained from the list of teaching tips and strategies.

It even includes games and activities which certainly engaged my son and helped reinforce key numeracy skills for him.
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I purchased this book because we have a child in the school who has severe problems in maths. We wondered if he was Dyscalculic? This book has tests in it, which can be done by anyone, no special training required. Once the tests are complete you can use the book to interpret the results. It then goes on to suggests games to play to help the child learn the basics and onwards!
I highly recommend this book to all!
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A good reference but personally I would have liked to see the assessment compacted into a simple test booklet and all of the analysis materials in a manual. As it is, the information is spread out a little too much and the size makes it a little unfriendly.

I good, well thought out and practical tool that is let down by the format.
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This book is a really useful resource if you have a student who has been struggling with maths- it helps you know just where the intervention is needed.There are some useful ideas for how to respond to the assessment, great information in the appendices,too. There is a follow on book due out in the Autumn which I hope will be just as good with more strategies for ways forward.A very useful tool. Definitely recommended.
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Wordy and with so much detail. Not really what I wanted, but Im sure it does a thorough job for those that need the detail.
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