# Dyslexia and math

*Learn more about how technology can support learners with dyslexia through multi-sensory experiences and targeted practice.*

## Understand strengths and challenges

Traditionally, math is taught as rote learning to memorize facts and solve problems. Learners with dyslexia often have strengths in problem solving and creatively looking at a math problem from a different angle but they have challenges with sequential and working memory, making rote memorization difficult. They often have the answer but struggle to explain how they got there.

## Provide solutions

For learners with dyslexia, verbal comprehension and seeing the big picture are strengths. Providing learners with opportunities to use multi-sensory methods to write down answers, physically demonstrate answers, or verbalize their answers helps them demonstrate reasoning. Also, learners with dyslexia remember math facts best when they derive meaning from symbols, not through rote memorization.

Repeatedly practicing concepts in multi-sensory ways using targeted techniques increases math learning.

## Targeted and extended practice with Math Assistant in OneNote

One of the most challenging aspects of math for many learners is understanding and visualizing the steps to reach a solution. Math Assistant, a tool in OneNote, provides learners:

- Multiple input options including digital inking or typing
- The ability to have equations read aloud in multiple languages through Immersive Reader
- Step-by-step process explanations to help visualize how to move from equation to solution
- Student-created practice quizzes to continue and extend learning

Like Reading Coach, Math Assistant provides learners opportunities to build critical skills on their own with self-directed, non-stigmatizing practice.

This video shows how Math Assistant provides multi-sensory learning experiences.

Learn more about how to use Math Assistant in OneNote.

- Learn the step-by-step process to get started solving equations with Math Assistant.
- Explore more ways to support Math using Math Assistant in OneNote.

## Reflection

- What types of specific math support do your learners need that can be provided using Math Assistant in OneNote?
- How can you use Math Assistant to extend math learning beyond the classroom and help students build math confidence?