General Description

About 50% of dyslexics experience significant difficulty with Mathematics, in particular with learning of number bonds, number fact retrieval, number operations, understanding of place value, recall of sequences, mathematical vocabulary, solving of word problems and understanding of time and money. This course provides the skills and access to resources needed to put in place effective multisensory intervention that can enhance the understanding, fluency, problem-solving and reasoning of dyslexic students.



This course is designed for primary teachers and lower secondary Maths teachers.


Teaching Standards

1.2.2 Proficient Level - Know students and how they learn - Understand how students learn:  Structure teaching programs using research and collegial advice about how students learn,

1.5.2 Proficient Level - Know students and how they learn - Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities:  Develop teaching activities that incorporate differentiated strategies to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities,

2.5.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Literacy and numeracy strategies:  Apply knowledge and understanding of effective teaching strategies to support students’ literacy and numeracy achievement,

3.3.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Use teaching strategies:  Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem-solving, and critical and creative thinking,

6.2.2 Proficient Level - Engage in Professional Learning - Engage in professional learning and improve practice:   Participate in learning to update knowledge and practice targeted to professional needs and school and/or system priorities


Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you

Completing “Making Maths Dyslexia Friendly” before 4th February 2022 under NESA’s interim arrangements will contribute 6 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and assessment of NSW curriculum addressing standard descriptors   1.2.2, 1.5.2, 2.5.2, 3.3.2, 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Welcome to Making Maths Dyslexia Friendly

    • Course Objectives

  • 2

    Module 1: The Course and Current Provisions

    • Course Introduction

    • Provisions for Students with Dyslexia at Your School/Workplace - Reflection

  • 3

    Module 2: Brain Activity, Dyslexia and Maths

    • The Brain, Dyslexia and Maths Performance - Introduction

    • The Brain, Dyslexia and Maths Performance

    • Further Reading : Brain anatomy, Arithmetic and Working Memory - OPTIONAL

  • 4

    Module 3: The Impact of Dyslexia on Maths Performance

    • How Can Dyslexia Impact Maths Performance?

    • Factors and Strategies

    • An Important Factor

  • 5

    Module 4: Addressing Difficulties in Addition and Subtraction

    • Teaching Principles

    • Counting - OPTIONAL

    • Visualising Numbers and Their Components

    • Addition

    • Subtraction

    • Shape Math - Optional

    • Design a Lesson: ACTIVITY

    • Further Study: Manipulatives-Based Programs

  • 6

    Module 5: Addressing Difficulties in Multiplication and Division

    • The Concept of Multiplication

    • Learning Multiplication Facts

    • Using a Multiplication Grid to Learn and Record Facts

    • Computer Times

    • The Concept of Division

    • Working with Fractions

    • Using Algebra Tiles in Lower Secondary - Optional

    • Further Study: Multiplication and Division Facts for the Whole-To-Part Visual Learner

  • 7

    Module 6: The Language of Maths and Word Problems

    • The Language of Maths

    • Spatial Temporal Math - OPTIONAL

    • Word Problems

    • Word Problem Activity - Optional

    • Word Problem Answers

    • Vocabulary Activity - Optional

    • Creating Mind Maps For Study - Optional

  • 8

    Module 7: Managing Time and Money

    • Time and Money

    • Learning to Tell the Time with Numicon

    • Reading Clocks and Telling Time with Numicon

  • 9

    Module 8: Using Technology to Make Maths Dyslexia-Friendly

    • IT Tools

    • Maths Programs

    • Supporting Learners Who Have Dyslexia with IT - ACTIVITY

  • 10

    Module 9: Adding to Your Efficacy

    • Planning for Change - Activity

    • Action Plan

    • Further Reading on Maths and Dyslexia

  • 11

    Conclusion and Reflection

    • Conclusion

  • 12

    Course Completion

    • Course completion

Features of TTA Online PD

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