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Course 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 multi-sensory 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

1.6.2 Proficient Level - Know students and how they learn - Strategies to support full participation of students with disability:  Design and implement teaching activities that support the participation and learning of students with disability and address relevant policy and legislative requirements

Do you teach in NSW? If so, this is relevant to you:

Completing Making Maths Dyslexia Friendly will contribute 6 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Students/children with disability addressing standard descriptor 1.6.2 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 - Presentation

    • 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

    • Task

  • 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


Shirley Houston

Shirley Houston

Shirley has a Masters degree in Special Education and has been teaching in the area of Special Needs for 30 years. She has taught in government and independent schools, primary and secondary, universities and TAFE. Shirley has also taught in several states of Australia and in the U.S. Her particular interests are specific learning difficulties, early childhood, education of young gifted children and literacy. She loves travel, reading and music.

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