My DS was diagnosed in Y3 with dyslexia. He is now in Y5 and we thought we would try (he really wants to try) for our local partially selective school, however it feels as if we are climbing a mountain!
After diagnosis, he had vision therapy and then around 20 one- to-one sessions with a dyslexia tutor, this seemed to really help his reading and spelling, his reading age went from 7.8 to 12.4 in 10 months. No help from his school though. I think they think he is too "able" to warrant any intervention from them. After meeting the senco I decided to focus my energy on helping my son.
We've been doing a few practice papers and in maths, and my gut feeling is that his learning difficulty is having quite an impact on his maths. He makes very many silly mistakes with basic arithmetic, and seems to have a real difficulty working out what to do with the questions where there is written information, where you have to work out what to do and then perform simple steps in the right order. He does not seem able to sequence the steps.
Often he will solve a problem in the most complex way possible, which increases the "working out" and scope for error. He doesn't "see" that there could be a much simpler way to tackle it.
I would love to hear from anyone who has been through similar with their DC, or if anyone has any tips on how I can help him.
He's a bright boy, when the EP tested him his WRIT IQ was 135, but he performed relatively poorly on the digit span test - 90 indicating poor auditory processing and working memory, and I'm wondering if this is what is affecting his ability to do maths. He gets frustrated so I really want to help him!