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Many individuals experience problems when learning and using math facts and concepts due to difficulties in either symbol imagery, concept imagery, or both.
Symbol imagery or, Numeral Imagery, is the ability to visualize the identity and sequence of numerals and other symbols in math problems. Many students who are thought to have math-specific learning disabilities are able to perform functions, such as addition and subtraction. However, these individuals struggle with difficulties in recognizing the written symbols. For example, “six minus one is five,” but when the math problem is written-out as “6-1=__,” they may not recognize what the ’6′ means, or that the ‘-’ is a minus sign; and, if they do recognize the meaning of the symbols, they may still struggle with their order (i.e., which number is being subtracted from which).
Concept imagery is the ability to visualize the whole of a math concept. It is the underlying skill needed for critical thinking. A number of students who are thought to have math-specific learning disabilities are able to process the parts, but struggle to see the big picture. Difficulties are experienced when trying to connect the overall concept to individual math problems. For example, they might be able to solve for “1+3,” but they cannot solve for “1+4,” because they do not comprehend the concept of addition – they simply memorized the math fact “1+3=4.”
Math-related weaknesses in symbol/numeral imagery, concept imagery, or both, often manifest through the following symptoms: difficulty learning math facts, understanding math relationships, computations, solving word problems, and difficulty performing higher mathematical problems.
The On Cloud Nine® (OCN™) Math program, created by Kimberly Tuley and Nanci Bell, helps kids and adults develop the underlying sensory-cognitive functions needed for math processing. Unlike most math programs, OCN instruction directly applies concept and symbol imagery to learning and retaining math facts, solving word problems, and increasing the speed and stability of math computation. Students in the On Cloud Nine Math program move through a series of steps – from imaging numerals to solving word problems and working with fractions/decimals – to develop the imagery-language connection for competency in math.
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