**NLDline**

**Learning
the Multiplication Facts - NLD Style**

I have a 13 year old son (now 8th grade) who was diagnosed with a right hemisphere
learning disability in 4th grade. I wanted to share this information with others as
math always is such a perplexing issue. Our son, like many, could add and subtract in his
head at a young age. In 6th grade he won a district wide math award involving solving word
problems. Despite this he has always had real trouble in math often resulting in failing
grades.

Due to social difficulties and self esteem issues we began working with a wonderful and
creative child psychiatrist when our son was in 5th grade. One of the things we discussed
was the difficulty in learning math and retrieving multiplication facts. Being a former
special Ed teacher I had tried everything imaginable to assist our son. In discussing this
problem we began to look at my son's strengths to see if we could come up with a way to
learn this skills. Suddenly the Dr. got up from his chair walked over to a chalkboard and
wrote long hand "eight sevens equal fifty six ." He then asked my son to read
what he had written, and then asked him to write the sentence. After completing this they
went on to talk about other things. At the end of the session he casually asked my son
what eight sevens equaled, and to our joy my son just as casually said "fifty
six". This technique was extremely helpful in enabling my son to learn his times
tables well enough to get through the pre IEP math experiences without too many emotional
scars. He now is able to use a calculator in general math and 1st year algebra and and
this has made things better as well. The sad part of this story is that this Dr. retired
from medicine and our family (and surely many others) has not encountered any other local
practitioner to fill this void. Thanks again -- Suni

I forgot to add that I typed and printed out all the times tables in flashcard fashion as
well. The important thing was that there were no symbols only words.

**Suni **

**P.S. Sharp has just begun marketing a
scientific calculator that has a LED screen on the top which prints out the calculations
as they are entered. This has been helpful for Algebra and was introduced to him by his
math tutor.
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