How are math, language, and dyslexia connected?

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Check back often for updates on events and information about the math-language-dyslexia connection. 

  • Feb. 26, 2024 Presentation (No Cost Community Event hosted by The Schenck School)
    Sum or Some? The Role of Math Vocabulary in Supporting Students with Mathematics Difficulty
    in-person 6:30-7:30 pm
    presented by Dr. Liz Stevens
    Details and Registration:

The multisensory approach is a unique way of “thinking” about teaching mathematics for all students. This program applies Orton-Gillingham multisensory instructional strategies to mathematics. This approach fits easily with recommendations from current research and suggestions from the National Math Panel regarding instruction for struggling learners. Hands-on work with manipulative objects is recommended for all students at all ages. It enhances both concept integration and memory. This approach is especially important for LD s

tudents and those with conceptual gaps. It is, however, an approach which is appropriate for all students.

The Multisensory Math Workshop will introduce educators to innovative techniques for teaching mathematics in a hands-on, multisensory way. Participants will learn tangible strategies to make math more accessible for diverse learners.

Presentations are created by Marilyn Zecher, M.A., CALT. Mrs. Zecher is a Teacher, Nationally Certified Academic Language Therapist and frequent conference presenter for IDA, LDA and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She specializes in the application of O-G instructional strategies for a multitude of content areas including Mathematics, Study Skills, Reading, and Language. Visit this website to watch a clip of Marilyn Zecher demonstrating the approach:

  • June 21, 2022 Article (Read or Listen)

When Language Prevents Kids From Succeeding At Math
by Natalie Wexler,

“Students who don’t read well or lack crucial vocabulary often face unnecessary obstacles—not just in reading but also in math.” – Natalie Wexler

Read the 6/21/22 article (or listen to the 9-minute audio):