GCSE Maths for Neurodivergent Learners: Build Your Confidence in Number, Proportion and Algebra

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GCSE Maths for Neurodivergent Learners: Build Your Confidence in Number, Proportion and Algebra

GCSE Maths for Neurodivergent Learners: Build Your Confidence in Number, Proportion and Algebra

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I highly recommend this comprehensive book for every neurodiverse learner working towards GCSE Maths. It provides valuable insight (for the learner and those working with them) into the challenges being neurodiverse can have on the acquisition of maths, but then offers essential tips on overcoming these challenges to achieve success. The study guide covers fundamental topics in a straightforward, easy to follow way with useful visual images and practical examples to aid understanding. A 'must have' resource.

Neurodivergent brain variations are often associated with particular strengths. However, neurodivergent individuals may also face challenges in environments designed with the neurotypical majority in mind. As educators, if we teach with neurodiversity in mind, everyone is able to flourish. This is where a neurodiversity affirming approach to teaching social skills comes in! This section is the meat and potatoes of the whole book. There are 14 chapters dedicated to various mathematical topics. It’s intriguing that the focus is on the numerical side of things rather than on more abstract concepts like probability or shape and space. Looking to the creative fields, the world has seen many achievements from the likes of David Bailey (Photographer) who has Dyspraxia and Daryl Hannah (Actress) and Temple Grandin (Activist) who both have Autism. Singer Cher is dyscalculic. Your neurodivergent students have the potential to become great achievers too.

How many more young people need to lose their lives to the unconscious bias we have about neurodivergent traits before people really sit up and listen?

Autistic people are often described as having difficulties with social interaction and communication, and most report that they find it challenging to process and understand the intentions of others within social interactions. However, this problem goes both ways - studies have found that neurotypical people also find it difficult to read the emotions of Autistic people. This was first described by Dr Damien Milton in the early 2010s as the double empathy problem.

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Parents are often told that they must put more pressure on their children or that they aren't being strict enough. They're told to use 'tough love' but when they try, things get even worse. What's going on? Why are young people reacting in this way - and what can we do to help? Every child deserves to feel that they belong in school and are understood by the professionals responsible for their care. I have dedicated my life to changing this. My organisation Connections in Mind, which is a community interest company, works with schools to help them to better understand neurodivergent young people and supports professionals to help young people to understand their brains and different brain states better so they can be kinder to themselves and those around them. The schools we work with are changing the way they interact with students on so many levels but most importantly the behaviour policies which, as clearly indicated in the article, cause so much psychological harm to vulnerable young people. If you cannot easily tell what a student’s individual strengths and challenges are, then observe and ask. If you still struggle, try speaking with their parents or main caregiver to gain a deeper understanding, that can allow you to adapt your teaching to their needs. Give Space to Excel Students are given a better chance of grasping the material that is being presented thanks to the use of visual aids and activities that require them to use multi-sensory approaches. Lessons are highly interactive, which ensures that students are actively involved throughout the whole process of learning. Students will be able to put their newly acquired knowledge to the test with the book’s plenty of practise problems.

I believe the tide is turning, as you will see from my posts earlier this week some pioneering and world renowned schools and universities are already embarking on change. This change will be hard work, but the results will literally save lives. Exam: Fred flies an aeroplane at 30,000 feet for 150 miles, whilst eating 4 canteloupe melons. He is transporting seventeen elephants to his Uncle Derek. He departed at 5 am. How much does Aunt Nellie weigh?For learners who have already internalised the idea that their way of communicating or socialising is 'wrong’, it may be useful for them to join clubs or groups specifically for neurodivergent young people. Meeting peers who they have things in common with can boost self-esteem, provide a neurodivergent model for successful communication and interaction, and help them to develop social interaction skills in a way which feels comfortable to them in a welcoming environment.

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