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Often times dyslexia affects math - especially the ability to memorize rote facts and remember step-by-step procedures. Because dyslexia is a language based learning disability, word problems can be extremely confusing.  Here are several tips to help ease math frustration.


  1. Provide grid paper for math problems.
  2. Flip lined paper on its side to line up math problems in columns.
  3. Use a multiplication chart.
  4. Use a 100’s chart.
  5. Use a number line.
  6. Use manipulatives whenever possible – base ten blocks, fraction cubes, etc.
  7. Provide memory triggers to aid retention of math facts and order of operations.
  8. Pair words with visuals. Show the student instead of telling the student.
  9. Allow a calculator to check work.
  10. Make sure students have space to show their work. Enlarge the page or add a blank work page.
  11. Get away from worksheets and try project based learning to be more hands-on.
  12. Restate word problems in simpler terms, draw pictures, tables, or graphs.
  13. Break work into small manageable parts.
  14. Provide a resource sheet with examples to guide students with multi-step problems.
  15. Explain math vocabulary and keep a vocabulary glossary.
  16. Provide step-by-step instructions using one strategy.  Avoid introducing too many strategies at once.
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