Events

The Somerset Dyslexia Association May 2018 Conference

Understanding the Barriers to Success in Maths

with Dr Camilla Gilmore

(Camilla delivered the Keynote Address at the Patoss Annual Conference in 2014)

Wednesday 23rd May 2018

9am for 9.45am start, to 4pm
Refreshments and lunch provided.
The Oake Manor Golf Club, Oake, Taunton, Somerset. TA4 1BA. (parking on site)
www.oakemanor.co.uk

It is widely acknowledged that many students, including those with dyslexia, find mathematics a challenging subject and that lack of numeracy skills can impact upon subsequent job opportunities and quality of life.  One reason for this is that mathematics is a complex subject that draws upon a range of different skills.

Camilla will demonstrate how mathematics relies on general thinking skills, such as working memory and executive functions, as well as mathematics-specific skills such as conceptual knowledge and number awareness.  As a result students may struggle with learning mathematics in many different ways.  This has implications for the way that mathematics difficulties are identified as well as the support offered to students and Camilla will discuss different strategies to support children’s learning.

Camilla will also discuss the particular needs of children who were born prematurely and who may have specific difficulties in learning mathematics, which is a special interest of hers.

Dr Camilla Gilmore is a Reader in Mathematical Cognition in the Mathematics Education Centre at Loughborough University.  She is a developmental psychologist who has previously held positions at Oxford, Harvard and Nottingham.  Her research is focused on understanding how mathematics skills develop and dyscalculia.