Posted by marchag on April 12 2011 07:47 PM
Hi. I'm not sure if I have posted this in the correct place, but please put me right if I haven't!
I am a driving instructor based in the UK and I have only just become aware of dyscalculia. This came about as I have a student who was struggling to remember the routine for the approach to hazards - Mirrors, Signal, Position, Speed, Look (or MSPSL). I could see that he had problems with it beyond the usual learning curve, so I asked him if he had any difficulties such as dyslexia, to which he replied he had dyscalculia. I had not heard of it, but as he said it presented difficulties with numbers, I immediately queried and discussed whether it created difficulties with sequences.
We discussed potential alternative methods of achieving the desired plan, but we didn't really come to a conclusion. Which is how I got to here - I am seeking guidance and/or techniques to help my current student and anyone with dyscalculia that I encounter in the future.
Are problems with handling (non mathematical) sequences common for the condition? I have read elsewhere on the forum that lefts/rights, directions, reversing and route planning all present challenges. Can anyone give me an insight into any methods that they have developed for driving (particularly when learning) that I could use or suggest to help my student? If this information already exists, apologies for asking again.
I have coached people with dyslexia, dyspraxia and schizophrenia to successful test passes and I've found that you usually have to think a little "outside the box" to find a strategy that works for the individual, so any help or advice I can gain through this forum will be greatly appreciated.
Sorry for the length of this post, thanks for reading.