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We use a multisensory intervention that is flexible enough to target your child’s specific issues with math, whether they stem from computation, concept, language, processing or anxiety. Not only do we fill in the instructional gaps, but we also address the underlying cognitive weaknesses that make it difficult for your child to learn math. We work on skills from counting through pre-Algebra.
We address:
• Number Sense
• Quantity Sense
• Conceptual Understanding
• Applying Math
• Math Facts
• Everyday Math
• Organization and Penmanship
• Pre-Algebra Concepts

Where can I find more information on Math With Ease?

Does my child need to have a diagnosis?
No. We work with kids who have never been diagnosed with Dyscalculia, or have another diagnosis, like Dyslexia or ADHD, that may also issues with math. We also work with struggling learners who simply got lost at school and need to catch up. We can work with a wide variety of learners because each lesson is customized to fit their specific needs.
How do you help a child who is afraid of math?
We have worked with many students who literally start out on the floor under the table because they have had such a hard time with math and are afraid to try again. Our sessions are fun and friendly. We work hard to connect your child’s interests to what they are learning. We never correct them, but have them check whether or not their answer is correct. We celebrate their effort, not their answers. You’ll often hear “Great! Let’s check.” when a child answers a question. As students gain clarity and mastery with a particular skill, their anxiety starts to fade. Math finally starts to make sense to them and they stop being afraid.
Why is this program so effective?
We balance creativity and fun with rigor and mastery. We know that it is hard to work on things you hate, but we also know that there is no point in progressing in math until you really understand each step of the way. We remediate the underlying weakness that make math hard for your child. We are also aware that some kids can master a concept one day and have no idea how to do it the next. We move at each students pace and make sure that they are retaining what they have learned. Because we have worked with such a wide variety of students, we are able to pinpoint the area of need for any child.
Is my child too old to come to The Reading Clinic?
Typically, students have a hard time in a math class because something in a previous year was not understood. In particular, if they have dyscalculia, it is likely they have understood and remembered at they have learned over the years. If a student needs help with underlying skills to get them ready for their class, then they are not too old. To give an example, we worked with an 8th grader who could not find a tutor that could help him because they kept tutoring him at his grade level. During his first meeting, we discovered that he could not count down from 100 to 1, which in turn made subtraction and dealing with negative numbers very difficult, and made it impossible for him to generalize from 5-3=2 to 5x-3x=2x. He was more than happy to work on these more fundamental skills because he was able to clear up years of confusion and frustration.
Do you address word problems?
Students usually struggle with word problems for at least one of four reasons – they have difficulty reading word problems correctly, they have difficulty understanding what they read, they have difficulty applying math to the problem or they can set the problem up correctly but can’t solve it correctly. We address any of these areas with an appropriate and targeted intervention.
Do you use Making Math Real?
Our program has the same theoretical basis as Making Math Real (with different terminology) and we do use elements of that program. We adapt those elements as needed to match the needs of our students.