Solutions for Dyslexic Children Learning Measurements

Children with dyslexic issues can be taught abstract concepts like measurements but they need to experience them with some sort of real world connection.  As well, most begin to develop the ability to understand abstracts when they get to about 12 to 14 years of age. Here is a simple way to introduce measurements in a way that can make sense to these kids.

Introduce the idea of measurements by having them measure an object, like a door or window, with a 3 foot ruler or met stick. Before you start this process though, you have to explain what to do first but even more importantly you need to explain to them why they need to know how to do this. When will they ever need to know how to measure anything at all? You could explain that you are going to build a new play house and need to know how big the new door or window will need to be or maybe they will build a tree house or a fort and they might need to know these things too. Keep the measurements simple, there is no need to break the measures into inches or centimeters yet,  just a whole ruler or meter stick.



Now is a good time to explain that the longest side of the door or window is the length and the shorter measurement is the width. The reason we use a door or window is because these are real world items and they make more sense to the dyslexic child than just a picture of a square or rectangular box.

There are lots of things to measure and once the child gets the idea that these are concrete, real items that are being measured, the abstract concept of measurement starts to make sense to the child.

From here you can start to introduce inches or centimeters on the measuring stick. Use a shorter measuring stick to measure a book and let the student know the object is to figure out how big a box needs to be to mail the book to a friend or to wrap it up as a present.

The really important concept here is to help the child understand that there is a purpose to measuring things and learning how to do it. Once they start to understand what measurement is all about they will be much better prepared to learn about other mathematical concepts like: weights, fractions, estimating size, etc.

Karey Hope deGraaf
Co founder Dyslexia Victoria Online

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I have been developing and researching alternative solutions for dyslexic problems for over twenty years. The inspiration for this quest, which is what it had become, is my daughter Genevieve. She is dyslexic and after years of working at solving her problems, when she was a child, she has now overcome all of her issues and is a successful business woman, wife and mother. Today my partner, Howard deGraaf, and I are bringing our teaching methodologies through the internet to all those frustrated parents, tutors, teachers and of course, the dyslexic children and adults. Howard deGraaf, he's now my fiance, isn't Dyslexic but he is a Right Brained thinker and is a valuable asset. Just like a Dyslexic he can see the "Big Picture" and is a terrific problem solver. Many of his blog entries are observations he makes during our Dyslexia Assessments and during our Workshops and Presentations. The two of us continue to do individual assessments and we are getting many requests for presentations to teachers and Service Providers. The website continues to evolve and we are communicating with teachers and parents from all around the world. Watch for lots of changes as we continue to learn about methods and research that help individuals with Dyslexia and we get that newest information to you.
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3 Responses to Solutions for Dyslexic Children Learning Measurements

  1. After reading the article, I just feel that I need more information on the topic. Can you share some resources ?

  2. Pingback: Solutions for Dyslexic Children Learning Measurements | Rants & Raves from the Right Side by Dyslexia Victoria Online « Journey in my boat

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